Israel Gat

Israel Gat

Cutter Consortium Fellow and Director & Fellow, Lean Systems Society

Austin, Texas Area
Information Technology and Services

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Israel Gat's Overview

  • Founder and Sole Proprietor at The Agile Executive
  • VP & PLE, Distributed Systems Management at BMC Software
  • Founder and CEO at Repserv, Inc.
  • General Manager, Operations Management Group at Microsoft
  • Vice President and General Manager, Pervasive Management Business Unit at Tivoli
  • General Manager, Network Storage Group at EMC
  • Group Manager, Frameworks and Network Management at Digital Equipment Corporation

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Israel Gat's Summary

Israel Gat is Director of Cutter Consortium’s Agile Product & Project Management practice as well as a Fellow of the Lean Systems Society. He is recognized as the architect of the agile transformation at BMC Software where, under his leadership, Scrum users increased from zero to 1,000, resulting in nearly three times faster time to market than industry average and 20-50% improvement in team productivity. Among other accolades for leading this transition, Dr. Gat was presented with an Innovator of the Year Award from Application Development Trends in 2006.

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. Dr. Gat is also well versed in growing smaller companies and has held advisory and venture capital positions for companies in new, high-growth markets.
Dr. Gat currently splits his time between consulting and writing. He focuses on technical debt, large-scale implementations of lean software methods and agile business service management (“devops”). His recent e-book, The Concise Executive Guide to Agile, explains how the three can be tied together to form an effective software governance framework.

Dr. Gat holds a PhD in computer science and an MBA. He is a member of the Trident Capital SaaS advisory board. In addition to publishing with Cutter and the IEEE, he posts frequently at The Agile Executive and tweets as agile_exec. He can be reached at


System Management; Agile/Lean/Kanban software development;
devops; technical debt; software governance; technical due diligence.

Israel Gat's Experience

Cutter Consortium Fellow and Director, Agile Practice

Cutter Consortium

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Information Technology and Services industry

February 2011Present (3 years 8 months)

Overall responsibility for setting direction for a practice of ~45 Agile consultants, including determining its technical and business philosophy, niching it so as to differentiate it from competing practices, and determining with other Cutter practice directors how it interfaces with other areas in which Cutter offers services. The direction impacts the focus of Cutter's consulting and training offerings as well as of Cutter's research and analysis.

In addition to directing the practice, I do in-person consulting, training and coaching in Agile/Kanban methods, technical debt, technical due diligence, devops, software governance and management consulting.

I am a Fellow of the Lean Systems Society and a member of the SaaS advisory board of Trident Capital.

Founder and Sole Proprietor

The Agile Executive

January 2009January 2011 (2 years 1 month)

The Agile Executive is a boutique research and consulting firm specializing in governance of the software development process, software methods, technical debt, and Agile Business Service Management (aka “devops”). Clients include ALM, e-commerce, embedded software, financial services, IT GRC, retails, transportation and venture capital companies. Research is disseminated through the Cutter Consortium and the IEEE.

VP & PLE, Distributed Systems Management

BMC Software

Privately Held; 5001-10,000 employees; BMC; Computer Software industry

September 2004December 2008 (4 years 4 months)

"Nearly three times faster time to market than industry average; 20-50% improvement in individual team productivity; and, one quarter the expected number of defects based on team sizes and schedules...
... In their 20 years of benchmarking software development projects, the QSM Associates team has not seen such a high performing team distributed across such a broad geography."
[September 2007 joint study with the Cutter Consortium and QSMA]

"BMC moved into the leaders quadrant due to its rationalized portfolio and clear vision... BMC has differentiated itself and established thought leadership for ECA auto-baselining, threshold analysis and anomaly detection with its acquisition of ProactiveNet"
[Gartner Group on the acquisition and assimilation of Proactivenet ; 2007 & 2008]

"This state-of-the art app [the BMC Performance Manager] maximized capabilities of the platforms to deliver the integrated solution.”
[ADT 2006 Innovator Award]

Founder and CEO

Repserv, Inc.

20022004 (2 years)

Repserv, Inc. was founded to fill the most pressing need of forthcoming commerce: an automated Reputation Service, which brings everyday aspects of transactional trust through reputation to an information technology and business environment characterized by massively-distributed online transactions. The company was too early to market and ceased operations in summer 2004.

"You were just 4 years too early" [John Long. Trellis Partners, upon learning of Rapleaf's first round of funding in June 2006]

In parallel, consulted to Apax Partners and held advisory board positions in three of their portfolio companies.

General Manager, Operations Management Group


Public Company; 10,001+ employees; MSFT; Computer Software industry

20002002 (2 years)

Changed the playing field for system management from Microsoft, bringing the Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2000 to market in record (7 months) time.

"Microsoft is positioned to dominate Windows system management" [Gartner Group, 5/22/02]

Vice President and General Manager, Pervasive Management Business Unit


Public Company; 501-1000 employees; IBM; Leisure, Travel & Tourism industry

19992000 (1 year)

Conceived, articulated, and influenced Tivoli to adopt end-to-end data aggregation vision for expanding from traditional IT management to managing the next generation fabric of computing.

The business unit closed $25M in revenues within 15 months of inception.

General Manager, Network Storage Group


Public Company; 10,001+ employees; EMC; Information Technology and Services industry

19951998 (3 years)

Built the Network Storage business from scratch, making it the third strategic EMC business, complementing the Mainframe Storage and Open System Storage businesses.

Group Manager, Frameworks and Network Management

Digital Equipment Corporation

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; HPQ; Information Technology and Services industry

19811995 (14 years)

Transformed Digital's proprietary network management strategy to an open solution, removing significant barrier to Digital's entry into the high-growth open systems space.

Israel Gat's Skills & Expertise

  1. Agile Methodologies
  2. Agile Project Management
  3. Scrum
  4. Enterprise Software
  5. Software Development
  6. SaaS
  7. Software Project Management
  8. Program Management
  9. IT Strategy
  10. IT Management
  11. Project Management
  12. Start-ups
  13. Team Leadership
  14. Architecture
  15. Management Consulting
  16. Software Engineering
  17. E-commerce
  18. Management
  19. Strategy
  20. Leadership
  21. SDLC

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Israel Gat's Education

Clark University

MBA, Business Administration


Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

Ph.D., Computer Sciences


Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

B.Sc., Mathematics


Israel Gat's Additional Information


Chess, Classical music, Military history

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2006 Innovator Award, Application Development Trends:

“BMC tackled a mission-critical business problem, which was at the core of the company’s success. The team overcame multiple technology challenges to develop a new architecture which integrates diverse platforms into a single maintainable product. The approach of integrating diverse technologies into a single base before enhancing and testing the new system architecture provide a solid risk mitigation strategy. The system architecture encapsulated cross-platform remote hosting components as well as a central database and Web-based portal. This state-of-the art app maximized capabilities of the platforms to deliver the integrated solution.”

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