Dr. Israel Gat served as Cutter Fellow and the Director of the Agile Product Management & Software Engineering Excellence
practice from 2008 until 2015. He is a Fellow of the Lean Systems Society and a member of the Trident Capital SaaS advisory board. He is recognized as the architect of the Agile transformation at BMC Software where, under his leadership, Scrum users increased from zero to 1,000, resulting in nearly three-times faster time to market than industry average and 20%-50% improvement in team productivity. Among other accolades for leading this transition, Dr. Gat received the Innovator of the Year Award
from Application Development Trends
Dr. Gat's executive career spans top technology companies, including IBM, Microsoft, Digital, and EMC. He has led the development of products such as BMC Performance Manager and Microsoft Operations Manager, enabling the two companies to move toward next-generation system management technology. Dr. Gat is also well versed in growing smaller companies and has held advisory and venture capital positions for companies in new, high-growth markets.
Dr. Gat currently splits his time between consulting and writing. He focuses on technical debt, large-scale implementations of Lean software methods, and Agile business service management (aka DevOps). His e-book, The Concise Executive Guide to Agile, explains how the three can be tied together to form an effective software governance framework. Dr. Gat holds a PhD in computer science and an MBA. In addition to publishing with Cutter and the IEEE, he posts frequently at The Agile Executive and tweets as agile_exec. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.