About Gene Kim

I've been researching high-performing technology organizations since 1999. I'm the multiple award-winning CTO, Tripwire founder, co-author of The DevOps Handbook, The Phoenix Project, and Visible Ops. I'm an DevOps Researcher, Theory of Constraints Jonah, a certified IS auditor and a rabid UX fan.

I am passionate about IT operations, security and compliance, and how IT organizations successfully transform from "good to great."

About Gene Kim

Gene Kim is a multiple award winning CTO, and DevOps researcher and author.  He has been researching high-performing technology organizations since 1999. He was founder and CTO of Tripwire, which commercialized the open source software he wrote in 1992 with Dr. Gene Spafford at Purdue University. He is the co-author of The DevOps Handbook, The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win, as well as The Visible Ops Handbook and The Security Visible Ops Handbook.  

Gene’s area of passion is helping companies build super-tribes where Development, IT Operations, Product and Project Management, and Information Security simultaneously maximize throughput of features from “code complete” to “in production,” without causing chaos and disruption to the IT environment. He’s helped some of the largest Internet properties, such as Microsoft, Yahoo!, and AOL. He loves finding and fixing bottlenecks which impede and frustrate the entire organization, enabling management from each tribe to achieve the greater organizational goals.

Education, Entertainment, and Excellence

Gene dynamically engages an audience, can speak to the desires and frustrations of almost any functional area of the organization, and can convey seemingly lofty and complex goals into inspiring and concrete steps towards achieving greater goals.

Potential Topics

We will work with you to ensure that the topic covered meets your goals. Here are some of his greatest hits:

  • Why Everyone Needs DevOps Now: A Fifteen Year Studying High Performing Organizations
  • Achieving DevOps, Security And Compliance Goals
  • Creating the Dev/Test/PM/Ops Super-tribe: From "Visible Ops" To DevOps
  • How To Better Sell DevOps

Demo Video

From Gene's 2014 DockerCon talk about lessons he has learned from his fifteen-year journey studying high-performing IT organizations and the DevOps movement..


“Gene Kim has blended his deep understanding of challenges facing IT organizations both large and small, culminating in the publication of “The Visible Ops Handbook”, with a passion for explaining those concepts in a way that truly resonates with his audience. Given my role as a change agent at Microsoft, I felt Gene was the ideal choice for me to invite to address a group of senior engineering leaders at the company recently. I became even more convinced when I heard Gene present his updated findings at the 2011 O’Reilly Velocity Conference this past June. If you’re familiar with his work and looking for a seasoned veteran to help your IT organization advance their capabilities, I wholeheartedly recommend you contact Gene and book him!”

David H. Bills
Chief Reliability Strategist, Trustworthy Computing Group
Microsoft Corporation

"Gene came to speak at the DevOps #lspe meetup on "Codifying Kick-Ass Business Performance that matters." It's always great to hear Gene speak, because he's always got a lot of great material, and he's really enthusiastic about it. This evening was no exception. Gene gave us a preview of some of the material he's collected for his next book; this sparked some great conversation with the audience."

Chris Westin
Chief Architect

Companies That Have Brought Gene In

Gene Kim has been studying high-performing technology organizations for nearly 20 years. He has been asked to share his learnings with many companies, across many industries. In the past ten years, here are a list of companies that he has accepted speaking engagements with or performed advisory work for:

451 Group, Aaron's, Akamai, Allegiant Airlines, Amplify, American Airlines, American Express, Apprenda, Atlassian, AOL, Apple, AutoTrader, Automic, AXA, Bank of America, Blackboard, BMC Software, bWIN, Booz Allen Hamilton, Capital One, CareSource, Carlyle Group, CA, Caterpillar, Chef, Cloudbees, CollabNet, Comcast, Dynatrace, EVT, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Defense Intelligence Agency, Department of Homeland Security, DevOps.com, Delphix, Docker, eBay, EchoStar, EDS (now HP), Electric Cloud, Equifax, Experian, ExtraHop Networks, Energy Future Holdings (EFH), ExxonMobil, Fannie Mae, Federal Aviation Administration, Ford, General Motors, Goldman Sachs, HP Enterprise, IBM, Intel, Intuit, JumpCloud, Kenna Security, LeanKit, LiveNation/Ticketmaster, Lockheed Martin, MailChimp, MasterCard, Microsoft, Mitchell International, MITRE, National Association of Corporate Directors, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), Nationwide Insurance, NeuStar, New Relic, Nike, Nintendo America, Nordstrom, Northwest Mutual, NyserNet, One Beacon Insurance, Opsmatic (now New Relic), PagerDuty, Payment Card Industry, Pearson, Progressive Insurance, ProKarma, Promontory Interfinancial, Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), Puppet, Rally Software (now CA), Real8, Red Hat, Reliant Security, Riot Games, Roche, RSA, Salesforce, Serena, ServiceNow, Sierra Ventures, Signal Sciences, Sirius, SocketPlane (now Docker), Sonatype, Sony Interactive, Standard Insurance, SuperValu, Target, Tenable Security, Tibco, Travelex, Twistlock, Tripwire, UBS, UPS, University of British Columbia, US Department of Homeland Security, US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Verisign, VeriStor, Verizon, Visa, Walgreens, The Walt Disney Corporation, Walmart, Warner Brothers, White & Case, XebiaLabs, Yahoo!


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