What the Manhattan Project taught me about DevOps

I’m amazed at how people’s workplaces are so utterly different to mine.


During the 1940s, at a top-secret location, somewhere in the middle of the New Mexico desert, a group of scientists were working on a project.

Their goal was to take a dangerous idea, like an Atomic Bomb, and birth it into the world.

One of the physicists at work, was the late Richard Feynman. He had famously won a Nobel Prize for doing something particularly clever with quantum electro-thingies…


But what people don’t know about him, is that he was also an accomplished safe-cracker.

It was only natural that when things got boring at work, he’d use his spare time to hone his craft. And so, he began leaving notes in place of his colleagues research papers…

“…I borrowed document no. LAXXXX — Feynman the safecracker…”

I’m also amazed at how similar our workplaces can be—

At Armakuni, we strive to be data-driven in our approach. We’re scientists, just as much as we are engineers and consultants. We work as colleagues, capturing your dangerous ideas (and ours) with a flurry of post-it notes.

We are passionate. We continuously experiment. We continuously learn. Especially from mistakes. The atmosphere is electric.

And that’s when I realised what Feynman and I have in common, is a love of being surrounded by people who are insanely focused; a love of being surrounded by people that are motivated by deep curiosity— not just about technology, but about everything.


But my favourite lesson from Feynman is just this:

It’s important to bring your self to your work.

Safe-crackers. Musicians. Poets. Bootleggers. Optimists. Calligraphers. Trainspotters. Painters. Comedians. Table-Tennis Champions. Passionate educators. Whoever you are. Bring it. With tempo.

If I’ve learned one thing during my first three-months at Armakuni, (and the truth is. I’ve learned so much from this team beyond Cloud-native, transformation and DevOps) it’s that your attitude is everything. Your outlook. Your willingness to push yourself. Putting your heart into your hustle, is what makes us successful. Together.

Every day is a new opportunity to make something great happen.

We may not have a secret lab in the desert, and we may not have a safe-cracker on the team, but I love working for a company that celebrates diversity, celebrates technology, and celebrates unique, talented, generous and deeply technical people. Because the truth is, Armakuni really gets these simple facts about business:

Change is constant. And,

the orienting impulse of all transformation isn’t about process—

It’s about people.