Nicole Forsgren, PhD, CEO & Chief Scientist, DevOps Research and Assessment (DORA). Dr. Nicole Forsgren is an IT impacts expert who shows leaders and tech professionals how to unlock the potential of technology change in their organizations. Best known for her work with tech professionals and as the lead investigator on the Puppet Labs State of DevOps study, she is a consultant, expert, and researcher. She is the CEO and Chief Scientist at DORA and an Academic Partner at Clemson University. In a previous life, she was a professor, sysadmin, and hardware performance analyst.