Chaos and Pain in Machine Learning, and the ‘DevOps for ML Manifesto’
Chaos and Pain in Machine Learning, and the ‘DevOps for ML Manifesto’


Most AI/ML projects start shipping models into production, where they can deliver business value, using the no-process process. That is, people just do their best by creating an ad-hoc process with familiar tools. This works for tiny teams at first, but as the team grows you’ll discover significant chaos and pain trying to operationalize AI.

We’ve been here before. Software development in the 90s was a lot like the “no-process process” for ML today. And just as the paradigm shift known as DevOps brought reproducibility, collaboration and continuous delivery to software, applying the same principles to ML can bring the same benefits to AI projects. Without it, AI projects fail and create financial and reputational risk.

Luke will dive deep into the important differences between software development and ML which mean you can’t just reuse DevOps tools to achieve these goals. He will share his team’s research comparing the evolution of Software Development & DevOps with that of Machine Learning. Luke will then present a manifesto, and propose an architecture and a set of open source tools to make ML reproducible, accountable, collaborative and continuous. He’ll then show demos putting all the pieces together!

During the talk, his special guest, Luca Palmieri from TrueLayer, will share a case study of how TrueLayer implemented their ML pipeline for enrichment of transactions in their banking API – including prototyping and model deployment, and covering the roadmap to include statistical monitoring as well.


Luke Marsden, CEO and founder of Dotscience, is an industry veteran and an expert in DevOps and container storage. He founded Dotscience on the belief that operationalizing Machine Learning should be just as easy, fast and safe as modern software engineering became when DevOps revolutionized the industry.

Prior to becoming the founder and CEO of Dotscience in 2017, Marsden was the Head of Developer Experience at Weaveworks, where he worked to optimize and revolutionize the development process for open source users. Before his time at Weaveworks, Marsden founded the container storage startup ClusterHQ and served as the startup’s chief technology officer.

A thought leader in his field, Luke has developed experimental software, regularly contributes to the open source community and often speaks at meetups and prominent industry conferences.

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