Israel Gat

Dr. Israel Gat is an expert in Agile and Lean methods, devops, software governance, technical debt and technical due diligence. He served as Cutter Fellow and the Director of the Agile Product Management & Software Engineering Excellence practice from 2008 until 2015, and now splits his time between consulting and writing. Dr. Gat has received many accolades from clients, such as “His approach is the only one I’ve found that actually works.” (Director, Verisk Health); “Nearly three times faster time to market than industry average.” (QSM Study, August 2007); “The change you bought to BMC with Agile is the single largest change to the development model that I have ever witnessed in my almost 20 years at BMC.” (Director, BMC Software); and “This is incredible achievement and amazing success. We are changing the way industry and our company perceive our software solutions.” (GM, Fujitsu Network Communications).

Dr. Gat is well versed in growing smaller companies and has held advisory and venture capital positions for companies in new, high-growth markets. 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. In addition, he delivered Tivoli’s Smart Handheld Device Manager; Cellera, for EMC; Digital’s NetView, and the Nixdorf 8890.

Dr. Gat’s e-book, The Concise Executive Guide to Agile, explains how technical debt, large-scale implementations of Lean software methods, and Agile business service management (aka devops).can be tied together to form an effective software governance framework.

Dr. Gat holds a PhD in computer science and an MBA. Contact him at