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Agile Coach / Release Train Engineer Resume

SUMMARY:

  • Productive, efficient, engaging and goal - oriented professional with over 12 years of IT experience as Agile Coach, Release Train Engineer Coach, Release Train Engineer/Agile Program Manager, Scrum Master and Project Manager, worked extensively as an Agile Transformation Agent and Fostering Agile Environment in organizations;
  • Played a pivotal role in setting the stage of Agile and Lean Transformation strategy, understanding the maturity of the organizations and rolling out the Transformation in phases. The Transformation has included the formation of the strategy, training, coaching, mentoring, implementation and adjustments at tactical level;
  • Extensive work experience on working with the Leadership & Management - VPs, Directors, Product Managers, and PMO at strategy level and Product Owners, Developers, Testers, Architects, and Release Managers at implementation level;
  • Expert at driving adoption and enforcement of Agile principles, removing impediments and fostering self-management. Capable of bringing overwhelming enthusiasm and awareness to projects, applying expert judgment to the removal of impediments, keeping teams focused and delivering success in rapidly evolving and dynamic environments;
  • Actively contribute to the company’s Agile and Lean Community through participation in the internal Agile Community of Practice, Agile Coach, RTE and Scrum Master Forums-Develop, coach, and mentor team members to advance their skills and career-Provide real time feedback to the methodology team based on experiences with software delivery teams-Work cross functionally to align strategy, methodology and execution-Be a change agent and foster a “learn by doing” environment-Act as a mentor to Agile Team Coaches, RTE's, Scrum Masters and Product Owners;
  • Lead Facilitator for Strategy Planning, PI Planning, Agile Big Room Planning, Feature & User Story Writing workshops, Join Application Design and Program Roadmap Planning sessions. Facilitated Release Planning, Iteration planning, Sprint Planning, Backlog Grooming, Retrospective meetings and Agile Maturity Assessments;
  • Co-Facilitated/co-trained SAFe Agilist, SAFe PMO and SAFe SASM certification courses for 10+ participants, conducted the Kanban Workshop for 50+ participants, conducted the Agile/Scrum sessions for 100+ participants, trained 100+ user on Rally;
  • Good working knowledge of Agile Project Lifecycle Management tools - Rally, Flow docks, Wiki, Swift Kanban, Real Time planning Boards, JIRA, Hip Chat and CA Clarity;
  • Coached teams working across technologies like Mainframes, Java, Hadoop( HDFS, Pig, Hive, Sqoop, Flume), Informatica and successfully transitioned more than 90 programs from Waterfall to Agile (Scrum & Kanban) while creating sustainable lean flow and agile cadence.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

Confidential

Agile Coach / Release Train Engineer

Responsibilities:

  • Have designed and created the Kanban System for Portfolio & Program Management’s Account Management Process with goal of prioritizing & solutioning any new idea’s in 15 day’s with high level feasibility analysis, Impact assessment and funding assessment;
  • Have worked with leaders to design the Business Services Engagement Model to assign Agile Practitioner’s to the requesting program’s within a Week’s time;
  • Worked extensively on creation of RACI for Agile Delivery Roles like Agile Delivery Lead, Release Train Engineer, Scrum Master vs the traditional roles like Program Manager, Project Manager, Cross App;
  • Have created the organization guidance on when to use the Agile Release Train vs. Operate in Agile Team model. Created the guidance on Release Train Formation - App Based Release Trains vs. Value Based Release Trains;
  • Created the guidance on standardizing the Agile reporting by interviewing & understanding the reporting needs of organizational leaders and Agile Delivery personnel’s. Created the guidance on Rally Setup recommendations for the organization;
  • Acted as an Agile Coach on Journey Man Program, concentrating on developing Execution leaders - RTE / Scrum Masters.

Confidential

Agile Coach / Release Train Engineer

Responsibilities:

  • Established, led and coached the transformation and execution of a Agile Release Train comprised of 6 scrum teams with a $4.5 million dollar annual budget and 150+ people;
  • Facilitated and drove program level ceremonies - PI Planning, Program Roadmaping Session, Product Management Council, Cross Team Collaboration, Scrum of Scrums, Release Train Retrospectives, Problem Solving Workshop;
  • Significantly advanced the maturity of this program, leading to: a 60% increase in productivity, Acceptance level increased by 40%, Duplication of work reduced by 90%, Response time got reduced from 36 to 12 hrs, Resource Utilization up by 10%,100% quality at time of deployment with 55% of defects identified, fixed, retested and closed in less than 24 hours. Maintained metrics that provide visibility to stakeholders on program-level plans, progress and quality;
  • Provided leadership direction and coaching to the agile program and scrum teams, established cross-value stream coordination and collaboration;
  • Facilitated alignment dependencies between the program team and third parties, release managers, or between the team and other Scrum Teams-Foster a team collaborative environment that tears down silos between groups. Served as an escalation for impediment removal for the Scrum Masters and scrum teams;
  • Actively contributed to the organization’s Agile and Lean Community by authoring guidance on normalized sizing guidance, effective capability, feature and user story writing and sizing, HIP sprints and Acceptance Test Driven Delivery.

Confidential, Phoenix, AZ

Agile Coach / Release Train Engineer

Responsibilities:

  • As an Agile coach, be the catalysts and change agents for the agile journey in the enterprise. Embedded with management and delivery teams to help them become self-managing and self-organizing teams, an Agile ideal;
  • For team - already well into their Agile Journey - conduct Agile Maturity assessments, retrospective of leader & Scrum Master and provide recommendations for improvements;
  • For teams & Part of organization who are just planning to start their Agile Journey. Work with leaders and teams collaboratively to define the vision, their definition of done at a program/portfolio level;
  • Understand the current process and make recommendations on Scrum vs Kanban vs XP and help leaders on getting started; Recommendation on role transformation and project team creation by identifying the value stream;
  • To remain with the team through there agile journey and mentor/guide Scrum Masters, core team & product owners for better collaboration and value creation. Making sure that team understands and follows Agile principles;
  • Collect matrices and work with team & leaders for continues improvement. Conduct Agile Talks Sessions with Leaders, Scrum Master and teams at regular cadences;
  • Understand the diversity / complexity in the projects and assist them in practicing suitable Agile Frameworks (Scrum, Kanban, scaling frameworks like SAFE, DAD, LESS, Nexus, etc);
  • Growing the culture & mindset towards agility, and continue to improve the agile maturity at Team, Program and Portfolio levels;
  • Collaborate and contribute towards Enterprise advancements in agile practices, like improving the use of feedback loops, Metrics, tooling, continuous planning and deployment, and engineering practices;
  • Engage with agile teams, scrum masters, agile product owners, leaders, and stakeholders to develop their depth of understanding of agile principles & values.

Confidential, Phoenix, AZ

Agile Coach / Senior Scrum Master

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct assessments; analyze the Value stream flow, coach, guide, training teams accordingly. Facilitate scrum ceremonies (grooming, sprint planning, retrospectives, daily stand-ups, etc.);
  • Empower teams to self-organize and grow cross-functionality. Track and communicate team velocity and sprint/release progress;
  • Working closely with the Product Owner to maintain the Product Backlog and release plan for FC and APCD applications;
  • Proactively work on the product backlog. Update it with new insights and ensure that there are enough ready items;
  • Help team dive through the Envisioning Phase to break the Epics to independent, negotiable, valuable, estimable, small, and testable user stories;
  • Removing impediments to the Development Team’s progress by managing the dependencies closely;
  • Provide direction and make prioritization calls. Invite the right people and choose the right techniques to collect feedback and data;
  • Facilitate the Sprint Planning and Implementing techniques for effective Product Backlog management and Clearly communicating vision, goals, and Product Backlog items to the core team;
  • Tracking the velocity and sprint burn down on daily basis using Rally;
  • Coaching the core team in organizational environments in which Scrum is not yet fully adopted and understood;
  • Facilitating Scrum events like show-n-tell as requested or needed including daily stand up’s.

Confidential, Phoenix, AZ

Scrum Master / Project Manager

Responsibilities:

  • Accomplished servant-leader capable of delivering large-scale software projects on time and on budget by effectively collaborating, facilitating, leading and coaching multiple Scrum teams;
  • Co-Managed/Coordinated IT Governance by facilitating strategic alignment between businesses and technologies with effectively communicating impact and cost. Our efforts resulted into the saves of 6 Million Dollars over the period of 7 years. Expertise in analyzing the Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) and determining the Return of Investment (ROI);
  • Driven application through Regulatory Audits including Payment Cards Industry Data Security Audit (PCI DSS) in year, Quarterly Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) and yearly PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) audits and many internal audits resulted due to Operational Risk Events (ORE’s);
  • Expertise in finding synergies between different projects initiatives to save overall project cost by combining analyze, design, build, testing and rollout efforts as applicable. Have implemented a release schedule (5 releases a year) for the application resulted in well balanced scope creep and better quality over the years;
  • Working as an End to End Project/Program Manager, Managing the projects with various internal and external teams from Technology & Business;
  • Manage cost at a program level across multiple projects, ensuring projects and programs complete on the initial baseline cost budgeted during the project initiation using CA Clarity;
  • Tracking cost, time/schedule, events, tasks/activities, dependencies and progress across multiple projects within the Program, facilitate resolution of issues, managing dependencies and change management;
  • Create and update the Project Management Plan, Risk analysis and mitigation plans, Monitoring and controlling the Project and communicating continuously with customers and all the key stakeholders;
  • Work collaboratively with development teams, lead architect and the business to determine technical direction and approach to system design and implementation, including both brand products and supporting systems;
  • Create and execute project work plans and revises as appropriate to meet changing needs and requirements;
  • Communicate and collaborate with internal and external customers as needed on project deliverables including managing expectations, presenting and interfacing with sponsors.

Confidential, Phoenix, AZ

Tech Lead / Developer

Responsibilities:

  • Co-ordination with Business, technology teams and Subject Matter Experts in Requirement analysis, planning and preparing Functional and Technical specifications.
  • Preparation of deliverables like Project charter, Requirement Report, Design report, Test Planning with support of SIT & UAT and supporting the project through end to end project lifecycle.

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