PMP and CSM certified Professional, with over 12 years of practical experience in project implementation, on-line product development, UX consultancy, creative direction, and technical team management. Have grown through creative designer ranks with extensive UX design and development experience. My roles have varied from Team Lead, Project Manager, Scrum Master and Product Development Manager. My current focus is continuously learning and implementing lean/agile practices to help improve software/web development in companies with self organized high performing teams with a focus on high customer value products.
I have a solid work ethic and am an enthusiastic/ natural motivator of people. I enjoy mentoring individuals and coaching teams in Agile and Lean software development methodologies (Scrum, XP, and Kanban practices) and believe in empowering the teams with self-organisation to provide the motivation to move the team along the productivity curve towards ultra performance. I also have a strong experience in overcoming organisational challenges of transitioning to Agile methodology from traditional project management and development.
--> Specialties: Product Development, Agile Methodologies, Managing Scrum Teams(Scrum Master & Coach roles), Recruitment and Selection, Project Management, Project Estimating and Release Planning, Working with large Distributed teams, Setting up new teams and processes, Quality Assurance Control/Standards, Team Building, Strong Communication Skills, Mentoring & Leadership, Measuring key project criteria using matrices, User Experience, Information Architecture, Usability.
Collaborate, facilitate, lead and coach 3 Scrum teams responsible for developing multiple software products and automated tools for Cloud and Managed Services Platform business division of this major provider of networking equipment. Facilitate scrum ceremonies (grooming, sprint planning, retrospectives, daily stand-ups, etc.). Enact change and continuous improvement by increasing the productivity of Scrum teams and the quality of deliverables . Empowered teams to self-organize and grow cross-functionality. Protect team from over-commitment, manage backlog, prioritize resolution of defects/bugs . Communicate with other management, engineers, product managers and QA specialists on product issues. Track and communicate team velocity and sprint/release progress. Support both onshore and offshore Product Owners. Assisting them with various activities including communicating updates and impediments as well as with backlog grooming and release plan maintenance.
Responsible for all deliverables of the projects for Morningstar Investor Relation Services and heading a 30+ members team consisting of PMs, Technical Leads, QAs, and Developers. Managing and directing efforts of project managers and team leads to ensure effective planning, coordination and synergy between projects for over 500 clients including FTSE 100 and 250 companies in UK, Europe and USA. Overseeing project & resource planning and Agile based execution for new web and mobile based applications. Principal point of contact for UK & US based business heads, project managers/ team leads, account managers and project sponsors. Ensuring time, cost, customer satisfaction and performance reporting to senior management with detailed analysis of status and forecasting. Collaborating with distributed, cross functional teams such as product management, project management, customer support, design and sales & marketing.
Worked as a Scrum Master with PayPal India as a part of PMO team and responsible for managing various Agile teams in PayPal’s Data technology business division. As a Scrum Master my role was to: Manage Scrum and Kanban teams, working in both distributed and collocated teams Coordinate Scrum ceremonies including daily scrum meetings, sprint planning, sprint review, and sprint retrospective for Data technology-Compliance team. Radiate information and ensure that team's progress and successes are highly visible to all stakeholders, including the team itself. Support both onshore and offshore Product Owners. Assisting them with various activities including communicating updates and impediments as well as with backlog grooming and release plan maintenance. Protect the team from distractions by removing impediments and resolving conflicts at all levels of management. Provide visibility to team impediments/risks and help to eliminate them. Facilitate, coach, and guide the teams on the values and practices of Agile principles. Encourage the team to find the simplest, most responsible solution that will provide value (technical or otherwise). Promote volunteerism, team unity, and decisions based on consensus. Work effectively with other Scrum Masters.Be an active participant in SM Community of Practice (CoP). Pair with other SMS as appropriate.
Leading User Experience (UE) track and managed a team of 4 UI developers. My responsibilities included creating mid level & low level project plans to track the progress of the UE team and synchronizing with other teams of backend developers & QA testers. Providing design solutions to clients (US, Canada based), gather user requirements, technical requirements & system specifications, estimation and design of new functionalities, executing the projects to meet all the milestones & deadlines in a quality way for UE track.