In the ongoing battle between Microsoft and Google, the former’s GitHub has hired Dr. Nicole Forsgren away from Google Cloud.
Forsgren made the announcement on her website, saying she would be GitHub’s new VP of Research & Strategy. Forsgren was previously co-founder and CEO of DORA before it was acquired by Google. She is also the writer of the award-winning book Accelerate. Now Forsgren is taking her expertise in DevOps to GitHub.
“Looking to the future, there are more and different questions I want to ask, and this move is the perfect opportunity for that,” writes Forsgren. “At GitHub, I will expand and continue investigating developer happiness and productivity while also helping the industry get better, and there’s no better place to ask these questions because GitHub is truly at the heart of software development for so many communities. Here, I can bring the research closer to the tools that we use and build on the foundation of knowledge that exists while asking different questions, from different angles, and surfacing different insights. I am excited to continue talking with and learning from developers, testers, IT ops, infosec, and executives to understand their work; working with tools teams across the ecosystem to understand their challenges and what they see so we can help make things better; nerding out with researchers and makers across the industry and academia so we can partner to find interesting questions (and ways to ask and frame and think about those questions), supporting each other and collaborating on solutions.”
Bringing Forsgren onboard is a big win for Microsoft and GitHub. The talent, experience and expertise she brings will likely result in significant improvements to the developer community.