As the Agile philosophy continues to increase in popularity DevOps have become more important than ever. A recent study showed that companies that fully embrace the DevOps mindset outperform the S&P 500 and had shorter development cycles.

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DevOps has come a long way from its grassroots beginnings in the 1980s and it is now a mainstay in the software development cycle and much can be learned from the best and brightest in this field. The best way to keep up to date with these individuals in through twitter and for this reason we have created a list of 20 DevOps influencers to follow on Twitter. This list is not exhaustive and is in no particular order.

Top 20 DevOps Influencers

Mike Cohn

@mikewcohn Mountain Goat Software - Mike Cohn was one of the original Agile practitioners and contributors of the SCRUM method for Agile. He is also one of the founders of the SCRUM Alliance, the leading organization dedicated to the effective implementation of the Scrum methodology. He has over 20 years of experience in the DevOps field and is full of useful insights and information.

Jayne Groll

@JayneGroll CEO and Co-Founder of the DevOps Institute (DOI) - Jayne Grolls has over 25 years of experience in the realm of IT management. She is a certified Scrum Master, and a  certified Agile Service Manager.

Brian Gracely

@bgracely Director of Product Strategy Red Hat - Author of the popular article 7 Habits of Highly Effective DevOps, Brian is always tweeting about DevOps and related topics. He also runs a podcast which many people find interesting and enlightening.

John Allspaw

@allspaw Co-Founder Adaptive Capacity Labs - Author of the Art of Capacity Planning, has worked for companies such as Flickr, Friendster, Infoworld, and salon.

Gareth Rushgrove

@garethr Director Product Manager at snyksec - Gareth Rushgrove runs DevOps weekly, one of the most popular publications within the community.

Gene Kim

@realgenekim Founder of IT Revolution - Gene Kim is the author of WSJ best selling book The Unicorn Project. Kim, a household name in the development sphere, is known for his insightful talks and his wealth of knowledge.

Patrick Debois

@patrickdebois Independent IT consultant - Patrick Debois is the father of the term DevOps. He served as CTO at Zender and is still a practicing IT consultant.

J Paul Reed

@jpaulreed Senior Engineer, Netflix - Over 15 years of experience focused on getting products shipped faster and more reliably.

Steve Smith

@stevesmithcd  Continuous Delivery Consultant  - Prior to running his private consultant business Steve worked for companies such as Sky Network, The Financial Times, and Visa. He is considered a leader in the field of continuous delivery and for this reason, he should be followed.

Alan Shimel

@ashimmy CEO Media Ops - Shimel is the co-founder and current CEO of DevOps where he writes articles and hosts podcasts on all things development. He is also known for his work in the security industry as well as for his talks and presentations.

Mark Imbriaco 

@markimbriaco Technical Director, Epic Games - Mark has worked for some well-known companies such as Heroku, Digital Ocean, GitHub, and 37Signals and currently works for Epic Games. He is a noted speaker in the industry.

Gordon Haff

@ghaff Cloud technical consultant - Contributor to Enterprisers Project and technology evangelist at Red Hat, Gordon Haff developed quite the expert in all things cloud. Author of "From Pots and Vats to Programs and Apps: How Software Learned to Package Itself," along with William Henry.

Nicole Forsgren

@nicolefv DevOps Researcher and Strategist - Dr. Nicole Forsgren holds a
Ph.D. in Management Information Systems and a Masters in Accounting.  She has published journal papers and is CEO and chief scientist at DORA (DevOps Research and Assessment)

Jez Humble

@jexhumble Cloud technical consultant - Jez Humble is a Cloud consultant specializing in infrastructure and product development and consults across three continents including with the US Federal government. Jez Humble teaches at Berkeley and is also employed with Google Cloud.

Robert Reeves

@robertreeves Chief Technology Officer - Robert Reeves has a career in DevOps that has impacted the software development lifecycle and IT organizations altogether. He has authored a publication titled

Brian Scott

@brainscott DevOps technical consultant - A manager, employed to perform systems engineering with Walt Disney Co., Scott’s interests are in the Cloud, automation,  orchestration, and has had a career in development and DevOps for over 15 years, working with Myspace, RazorGator.

Kelsey Hightower

@kelseyhightower Development Consultant - Currently employed with Google as a developer advocate, Kelsey Hightower is best known for helping to bring Kubernetes into the IT mainstream, and has authored a publication on it with Joe Beda and Brendan Burns entitled “Kubernetes: Up and Running”

Cindy Sridharan

@copyconstruct Engineer - Employed at imginx and a prolific author, Cindy Sridharen writes about the interactions and management strategies that are effective in development, operations roles, and team-related tasking.

Charity Majors

@mipsytipsy Engineer and CEO- Charity is a modern system engineering analyst and is interested in how software products get ( or should get) built and maintained. Charity Majors is the CEO at Honeycomb, and formally employed with Facebook.

Mirco Hering

@mircohering  DevOps Technical Consultant -  Leading Accenture's global DevOps Practice and the Agile practice in APAC, Mirco Hering is a tenured DevOps technical consultant that has a career spanning over 12 years.

Juni Mukherjee

@JuniTweets DevOps Technical Consultant - A regular speaker at DevOps and Continuous Everything conferences, Juni Mukherjee is also the author of the publication “Continuous Delivery Pipeline - Where Does It Choke?” and “The Power of Continuous Delivery in DevOps.” and Designs metrics and dashboards to objectively measure behavior.

DevOps Influencers

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