The list is in no way exhaustive, so please feel free to reach out with people we should add, but not before you start following these 20 DevOps experts.
Anders Wallgren – @anders_wallgren
VP Technology Strategy, Cloudbees
Known worldwide as a DevOps guru, Wallgren is a veteran of Electric Cloud and a frequent conference speaker and writer. Prior to Electric Cloud, he played a critical leadership role in engineering award-winning software products, including Macromedia’s Director 7 and several Shockwave products.
Jayne Groll – @jaynegroll
CEO, DevOps Institute
Jayne is CEO at DevOps Institute (DOI), the premier source for aligning industry standard quality DevOps training and certification services for enterprise IT. The Institute is led by a Board of Regents who will oversee DOI’s offerings in an effort to codify and promote DevOps’ best practices and standards.
Mirco Hering – @mircohering
DevOps Lead, Accenture
Mirco leads Accenture’s global DevOps practice and the Agile practice in APAC with a focus on Agile & DevOps transformations. He also blogs about IT delivery at http://notafactoryanymore.com and speaks globally at conferences about Agile, DevOps, and organisational psychology.
Nicole Forsgren – @nicolefv
Research and Strategy, Google
Nicole is a research and strategy expert who shows leaders how DevOps and technology can drive value. Best known as the lead investigator on the State of DevOps Reports, she specializes in DevOps and knowledge management. She has also worked as a professor, hardware performance analyst, and developer.
Jez Humble – @jexhumble
Developer Relations, Google Cloud
Jez has spent his career tinkering with code, infrastructure, product development and consulting in multiple companies across three continents, including working for the US Federal Government at 18F. He is currently a developer advocate at Google Cloud and he also teaches at Berkeley.
John Allspaw – @allspaw
Co-Founder, Adaptive Capacity Labs
John is an engineering leader and researcher with over 20 years of experience in building and leading development teams. He has spent the last decade bridging insights from Human Factors, Cognitive Systems Engineering, and Resilience Engineering to the domain of software engineering and operations.
Gareth Rushgrove – @garethr
Director of Product Management at Snyk
Formerly a product manager at Docker, Gareth is now the director of product management at Snyk. A strong advocate of DevOps, he is an infrastructure and open source geek who is committed to educating his followers and sharing his valuable experience with newcomers and experienced professionals alike.
Juni Mukherjee – @junitweets
A regular speaker at DevOps and Continuous Everything conferences and a track record involving CloudBees and Atlassian, Juni has led many software engineering projects. She is also the author of “Continuous Delivery Pipeline – Where Does It Choke?” and “The Power Of Continuous Delivery In DevOps.”
Gene Kim – @realgenekim
Author, The Unicorn Project
Gene is a globally recognized DevOps researcher. He is the author of WSJ bestseller “The Unicorn Project”. He has also co-authored other publications like the DevOps Handbook, Phoenix project, and Accelerate. Gene speaks at leading conferences, while tweeting out his pearls of wisdom constantly.
Patrick Debois – @patrickdebois
DevOps Director, Snyk
Patrick has been a DevOps and Media enthusiast with an open mind for years, having served as CTO at Zender and CTO at Small Town Heroes. He released DevOps on to the world by starting DevOpsDaysHe is always working in the field of media to make video truly interactive for the masses.
J.Paul Reed – @jpaulreed
Senior Applied Resilience Engineer, Netflix
Paul is a consultant with over fifteen years of experience in build engineering, release management, software configuration management, and process design, with a focus on discovering business requirements and integrating those needs to get products shipped faster and more reliably.
Kris Buytaert – @krisbuytaert
Co-Founder and CTO, Inuits
Kris Buytaert is one of the instigators of the DevOps movement and also a long time Linux and Open Source Consultant. He is frequently speaking at top conferences or organizing different international meetings on the topic. He also runs a personal blog at http://www.krisbuytaert.be/blog/.
Jennifer Davis – @sigje
Senior Cloud Advocate, Microsoft
Jennifer is an experienced systems engineer with a strong background in design, planning, automation, tool development, and monitoring to build operable, maintainable, and reliable services. . Davis is a speaker at many DevOps conferences as well as an organizer for her local DevOpsDays.
John Willis – @botchagalupe
Founder, Botchagalupe Technologies
Willis has worked for Docker, Socketplane (sold to Docker), Enstratius (sold to Dell), and Opscode (now Chef Software). In addition to being a popular speaker at DevOps conferences, Willis is also a prolific author who has co-written publications such as The DevOps Handbook and Beyond the Phoenix Project.
Steve Smith – @stevesmithcd
Continuous Delivery Consultant
After some fruitful stints at Sky Network, Visa, and The Financial Times, Steve has been running a consultancy for several years around his area of expertise: continuous delivery. He is also the author of Measuring Continuous Delivery and is a co-organizer of the Pipeline conference.
Anna Shipman – @annashipman
Technical Director, The Financial Times
Anna has a proven track record of leading large technology teams that deliver strategic business goals. She has a deep understanding of technology with particular expertise in infrastructure, backend development and open source. Anna is an internationally respected speaker and writer.
Anjuan Simmons – @anjuan
Engineering Coach, Help Scout
Anjuan Simmons is a technologist with a successful track record of delivering technology solutions from the user interface to the database. Simmons is a popular speaker at a wide range of DevOps conferences. He has also written a book: Minority Tech: Journaling Through Blackness and Technology.
Alice Goldfuss – @alicegoldfuss
After building her engineering career as an IT contractor and an engineer at New Relic, Goldfuss now works as a “kernel crasher” at GitHub who’s helping it run its cutting-edge container platform. She has consulted on books like Effective DevOps and also runs her blog at https://blog.alicegoldfuss.com.
Mark Imbriaco – @markimbriaco
Technical Director, Epic Games
Mark has led operations and engineering at some big-name companies, including Heroku, Digital Ocean, GitHub, and 37Signals (now Basecamp). Now at Epic Games, Imbriaco is a popular speaker who likes to show Fortune 500 customers and others how to modernize the way they build software.
Alan Shimel – @ashimmy
Founder and CEO, MediaOps
Not only is Shimel the CEO of DevOps.com, he’s also the co-founder of the DevOps Institute and a managing partner at the CISO Group. Shimel writes and hosts podcasts on DevOps.com. He is active in the security and DevOps communities and is a sought-after speaker at conferences and events.
As mentioned earlier, this list is not exhaustive in any way or form. Feel free to chip in and suggest additional DevOps experts to follow on Twitter.