Meet the Authors
Gene is a multiple-award-winning CTO, researcher and author. He was founder and CTO of Tripwire for 13 years. Gene is a huge fan of IT operations and how it can enable developers to maximize throughput of features from “code complete” to “in production,” without causing chaos and disruption to the IT environment. He is passionate about IT operations, security and compliance, and how IT organizations successfully transform from “good to great.”
Kevin Behr is the founder of the Information Technology Process Institute (ITPI) and the CTO of Assemblage Pointe. Kevin has twenty years of IT management experience and is a mentor and advisor to Chief Executive Officers and Chief Information Officers.
George is a prolific author and speaker, consulting and conducting training on strategy, IT management, information security and overall service improvement in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and China. Co-author of “The Visible Ops Handbook” and “Visible Ops Security,” George is a certified ITIL Expert, TOCICO Jonah and a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).
John Willis has worked in the IT management industry for more than 35 years. Currently he is an Evangelist at Docker Inc. Prior to Docker Willis was the VP of Solutions for Socketplane (sold to Docker) and Enstratius (sold to Dell). Prior to to Socketplane and Enstratius Willis was the VP of Training & Services at Opscode where he formalized the training, evangelism, and professional services functions at the firm. Willis also founded Gulf Breeze Software, an award winning IBM business partner, which specializes in deploying Tivoli technology for the enterprise. Willis has authored six IBM Redbooks for IBM on enterprise systems management and was the founder and chief architect at Chain Bridge Systems.
Patrick DeBeois is an independent IT-consultant who is bridging the gap between projects and operations by using Agile techniques both in development, project management and system administration.
Mike Orzen has been studying and practicing Lean for over 20 years. As a speaker, trainer, and consultant, he has successfully integrated lean management systems into many companies in across a variety of industries. With roots in Accounting, IT and Manufacturing, Mike has extended his work into Service industries, IT Service Management and DevOps, Healthcare, and beyond. His passion is leveraging the power of information and IT systems to enable operational transformation.
Jez Humble is coauthor of the Jolt Award-winning book Continuous Delivery, published in Martin Fowler’s Signature Series (Addison Wesley, 2010), and Lean Enterprise (O’Reilly, 2015), published in Eric Ries’s Lean series. He has worked with a variety of platforms and technologies, consulting for nonprofits, telecoms, financial services, and online retail companies. His focus is on helping organizations deliver valuable, high-quality software frequently and reliably through implementing effective engineering practices.
Nicole Forsgren, PhD, is the Director of Organizational Performance & Analytics at Chef, a configuration management and IT automation leader. She is an academic partner at the Social Analytics Institute at Clemson University and received her PhD in Management Information Systems and her Masters in Accounting from the University of Arizona. Prior to her role at Chef, Nicole was an Assistant Professor at Utah State University and Pepperdine University. She is an expert in IT adoption and use, DevOps impacts, and communication and knowledge management practices, particularly among technical professionals. Her background spans analytics, enterprise storage (specializing in RAID performance), cost allocation, user experience, and systems design and development. She is a featured speaker at industry and academic events and is involved in women in technology initiatives.
Gary Gruver is an experienced executive with a proven track record of transforming software development processes and working with executives in large organizations. As coauthor of A Practical Approach to Large-Scale Agile Development, he documents how HP revolutionized software development while he was the director of the LaserJet Firmware development lab at HP. As VP of QE, Release, and Operations at Macys.com he led their transition to continuous delivery. Gary currently lives in Idaho with his wife and enjoys skiing, hiking, and mountain biking.
Tommy Mouser has been directly involved in the design, development, qualification, and delivery of software systems for over 30 years. For the past eight years, while working at HP and Macys.com, his primary focus has been on working with his teams and partners on a journey toward Agile methodologies. Tommy currently resides in Boise, Idaho, with his wife, Debbie. He enjoys a wide range of outdoor activities and has recently gotten into fly-fishing with some of his longtime friends and coworkers.
Mark Schwartz is an iconoclastic CIO and a playful crafter of ideas, an inveterate purveyor of lucubratory prose. He has been an IT leader in organizations small and large, public, private, and nonprofit. As the CIO of US Citizenship and Immigration Services, he provokes the federal
government into adopting Agile and DevOps practices. He is pretty sure that in his previous role he was the first CIO ever to use supply chain analytics to place au pairs with the right host families. Mark speaks frequently on innovation, bureaucratic implications of DevOps, and Agile processes in low-trust environments. With a computer science degree from Yale and an MBA from Wharton, Mark is either an expert on the business value of IT or just confused and much poorer.