Here’s a list of agile and DevOps influencers that you should be following in 2017. Improving enterprise agility by truly unifying agile and DevOps is a huge trend for 2017 and these influencers can help you ensure that your organization is successful making that transformation.

Influencers are in alphabetical order by last name.

Scott Ambler
Scott Ambler is the Senior Consulting Partner of Scott Ambler + Associates, working with organizations around the world to help them to improve their software processes. He provides training, coaching, and mentoring in disciplined agile and lean strategies at both the project and organizational level.

Sanjiv Augustine
Sanjiv Augustine is the president of LitheSpeed, an agile consulting, training, and product development company. With 25+ years in the industry, Sanjiv has managed agile projects from five to more than 100 people, trained thousands of agile practitioners through workshops and conference presentations, and coached numerous project teams.

Mike Cottmeyer
Mike Cottmeyer is CEO of LeadingAgile. He is passionate about solving the challenges associated with agile in larger, more complex enterprises.

Patrick Debois
Patrick Debois is the founder of the super popular DevOps Days and an independent IT consultant.

Sally Elatta
Sally Elatta is the creator of AgilityHealth, a comprehensive Agile assessment and organizational growth tool developed for organizations that have adopted or scaled Agile and want visibility into the performance and health of their teams. She is passionate about helping teams and organizations do what they do better using Agile, Lean, Scrum, Servant Leadership, Collaboration Skills and other tools.

David Hussman
David Hussman leads DevJam where he teaches and coaches continuous learning with product discovery and product delivery. His style is non-dogmatic and pragmatic.

Joshua Kerievsky
Joshua Kerievsky is leading an effort to modernize Agile by removing outdated practices and leveraging the best of what the software community and other industries have learned about achieving awesome results. Joshua is the author of the best-selling, Jolt Cola-award-winning book, Refactoring to Patterns, and was the keynote speaker at Agile2016.

Gene Kim
Gene Kim the author of The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win and The Visible Ops Handbook, a researcher, and founder and former CTO of Tripwire.He is frequently a keynote and speaker at DevOps conferences and a producer of the DevOps Enterprise Summit.

Dean Leffingwell
Dean Leffingwell is Chief Methodologist at Scaled Agile, Inc., arguably one of the fastest growing agile methodologies. He is an author, multi-entrepreneur, consultant and executive, he has founded multiple software companies, including Requisite, Inc., makers of RequisitePro, which was purchased by Rational Software and then IBM.

Jeff Sutherland
Jeff Sutherland put together the first Scrum team In 1993 and has been developing the framework ever since. His latest book is Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time.

Tim Reaves
Tim Reaves helps enterprises access their ability to deliver software by helping them to plan and implement desired organizational and technical changes to support their business goals. He is Eliassen Group’s Agile Practice Enterprise Delivery & Technical Consultant. Tim is passionate about all things Agile and DevOps.

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