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Agile Project Manager Resume

Phoenix, AZ

PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY:

  • A self - driven and goal-oriented Project Management Professional with ~9 years of experience working in various capacities and across Capital Markets/Asset Management, Banking, and Financial Services domains . Skilled at managing the development and enhancement of cutting-edge software applications under various Software Development Life cycle (SDLC) frameworks such as Waterfall, Scrum, SAFe and at facilitating cross-functional collaboration within technical teams, along with the ability to successfully deliver projects within identified constraints .
  • In-depth understanding of techniques to lead, motivate, and manage development efforts across the Project Management Life Cycle from initiation to planning to execution . An effective communicator adept at generating consensus across stakeholder groups in order to resolve conflicts and drive projects forward.
  • Strong working knowledge of financial domain regulations such as BASEL III norms, Dodd Frank Regulations, FINRA Rule 2090 (KYC Rule), FINRA Rule 2111 (Suitability Rule), CCAR, etc.
  • Deep familiarity with Investment theory , Asset Pricing Models such as CAPM and Fama French Multi-Factor Model , Markowitz Portfolio Optimization ; well versed with capital market instruments such as Equities, Fixed Income, and Derivative Securities as well as Greek (alpha and gamma) hedging strategies
  • Worked with business, cross-functional project teams , and vendors in both Agile (Scrum, Kanban, SAFe) and traditional Waterfall environments within the Financial and Capital Markets domain
  • Capable of bringing overwhelming enthusiasm to projects , applying expert judgment to the removal of impediments , keeping teams focused, Conflict Resolution , and delivering success in dynamic environments
  • Helped develop Product Vision by identifying market segments to target , highlighting customer pain points of existing solutions, and articulating the product’s value proposition
  • Assisted the business in prioritizing different features based on feasibility and cost-benefit analysis of value delivered v/s effort required for development
  • Experienced in formulating Date-driven and Feature-driven Release Planning
  • Organized meaningful project status meetings by fostering a culture of transparency and accountability and apprised the business and IT leadership of the progress achieved on the project
  • Past experience with project budgeting and planning using Analogous, Bottom-up, and 3-Point estimation and creating Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) document using MS Project
  • Exercised strict vigil against scope creep and monitored project schedule and time variances using Earned Value Analysis (EVA) to successfully deliver projects within the triple constraints
  • Hands on experience with writing EPICS and user stories based on INVEST criteria and ensuring that the user stories meet the definition of ready (DOR) before sprint planning
  • Knowledge of feature and user story prioritization techniques such as MoSCoW, Kano, and WSJF as well as estimation techniques such as Planning Poker, T-shirt sizing, Bucket sizing, Relative Mass Valuation
  • Acquainted with user story slicing based on different criteria such as workflow, user roles, etc .
  • Adept at gathering Business Requirements using various elicitation techniques such as surveys, structured and unstructured interviews, GAP analysis, Focus groups, JAD sessions , etc.
  • Reviewed and baselined requirements artifacts such as BRD, FRD, SRS, RTM as well as system design documents (SDD) and testing related artifacts such as Test Plan, Test scenarios/cases and Reports
  • Co-ordinated with the UI team to develop low and high fidelity prototypes such as Wireframes and Mockups using tools such as Balsamiq and MS Visio
  • Proficient in Business Process Modeling of both AS-IS and TO-BE processes using UML diagrams such as Use case diagrams, Activity diagrams, and Sequence diagrams leveraging tools like Lucid chart
  • In-depth knowledge of User Acceptance Testing (UAT) with experience in creating test cases and test plans .
  • Wide exposure to Data Warehousing Architectures , implementation approaches, schemas , dimensional modeling and translating business requirements into various dimensions
  • Working knowledge of different system architectures such as N-tier, SOA and Microservices
  • Familiar with API testing and validation and API documentation using tools like Soap UI, Postman, Swagger
  • Facilitated various Agile ceremonies such as daily stand-up, sprint planning, backlog grooming, demos and retrospectives to enhance team’s self-organization and cross-functional capabilities
  • Advocated the adoption of Agile software development best practices such as DevOps (CI/CD), TDD /BDD, pair programming, survey driven and results oriented retrospectives
  • Familiarity with tracking sprint/project progress and average velocity to facilitate the transition from capacity-driven to velocity-driven sprint planning using sprint burndown/ release burnup charts

SKILLS AND TOOLS:

Business Skills: Financial Modelling, DCF Analysis and Business Valuation, ROI Analysis, Business Development, User/Market Research, Forecasting and Budgeting, Release Planning, Change Management, Risk Management, User Testing, Competitive Analysis, Conflict Resolution

SDLC Methodologies: Agile-Scrum, Agile hybrid, Waterfall, Scale Agile (SAFe), and Kanban

Requirement Elicitation: Surveys, Questionnaires, Interviews,

Finance Domain Knowledge: BASEL Accords, Dodd-Frank Act, Sarbanes Oxley Act (SOX), Portfolio Management/ optimization, Asset Price Modeling, Equities, Fixed Income and Derivative securities

Business Modeling tools: MS Visio, Balsamiq Mockups, Lucid Chart, draw.io

Project Management Tools: JIRA, HP ALM, HP-QC, MS Project, MS SharePoint, Confluence, Cucumber, JMeter, Load Runner, Jenkins, Soap UI, Swagger, Postman

BI and Reporting Tools: Tableau, MS Power BI, MS Office Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)

Architecture/Framework: Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), 3 Tier Architecture, N-Tier Architecture

Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Salesforce

Databases and ETL Tools: MS SQL Server, My SQL, Informatica Power Center, and Cloud

Data warehousing: Data Marts, Data Modeling, ETL

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

Confidential, Phoenix, AZ

Agile Project Manager

Responsibilities:

  • Defined the market segment targeted, enumerated customer pain points and the product value proposition during the Vision Meeting
  • Contributed to the development of a shared vision for the product by resolving conflicts among different stakeholders
  • Led the efforts to identify the MVP/MRF features by synthesizing multiple inputs and participating in relative value analysis in order to develop a roadmap to guide the release of different features
  • Identified and mapped various stakeholders of the project and developed Stakeholder Communication Plan and RACI Matrices to manage the mode and frequency of engagements throughout the life cycle of the project
  • Quantified, categorized, and prioritized risks associated with the project by monitoring and actively updating the Risk Register, while undertaking re-evaluation of risk exposures and impacts during different stages of development
  • Facilitated the initial backlog grooming efforts by Product Owners of different teams and Technical leads to gather the latter’s initial estimates on different EPIC level features (SWAGs) to enable Date-driven Release Planning
  • Synchronized development efforts across multiple Scrum and non-scrum teams by holding regular co-ordination meetings to iron out task and cross-feature dependencies, so that the overall effort adhered to timeline in the Release Plan
  • Led project status meetings with project stakeholders and IT leadership, highlighting the progress using information radiators like sprint burndown/ release burnup charts while also apprising them of risks to delivery
  • Participated in scrum ceremonies such as Sprint Review and ensured that feature improvements requests got translated into new product backlog items (PBIs) as either improvement stories or technical debt items to be taken up in subsequent sprints
  • Followed up with project stakeholders regularly after Grooming sessions and communicated any updates/changes to the product backlog or re-prioritization of different features
  • Ensured in co-ordination with the Product Owners that acceptance criteria were defined for all user stories in order to promote a shared understanding of user requirements across the project team and promote Behavior Driven Development (BDD)
  • Conducted effective Sprint Retrospective meetings to help improve productivity and to promote greater inter-team communication using techniques such as Happiness Histogram, ORID technique, etc.
  • Resolved impediments that were beyond the purview of individual teams by escalating issues to appropriate authorities
  • Tracked with inputs from the Scrum Masters the average velocity of multiple teams using JIRA tools like velocity charts in order to facilitate the transition from capacity-based to velocity-based sprint planning
  • Managed Resources across teams during the project, augmenting resources in conjunction with Functional Managers in case of temporary capacity constraints to ensure development efforts kept abreast with the Release Plan Roadmap
  • Ensured Knowledge Management during the project by updating confluence pages to promote feature re-usability
  • Helped perform sanity checks for various teams during each Sprint Planning Meetings to verify that the teams had not under-committed or overcommitted with respect to velocity achieved during previous sprints.

Environment: Agile-Scrum environment, Jira, Confluence, Informatica PowerCenter, Bloomberg B-Pipe, Balsamiq, MS Visio, Prezi, AWS, Hadoop ecosystem, SOAP UI, Swagger, Tableau

Confidential, Phoenix, AZ

Agile Project Manager

Responsibilities:

  • Ensured synchronization between development across multiple scrum teams by facilitating Scrum of scrums and PO Sync Meetings and in visualizing the inter-team dependencies via the Program Board
  • Participated in the Pre-PI and post-PI Planning activities to help draw up Vision, Roadmap, Milestones and top priority features
  • Encouraged adoption of a consistent Definition of Done (DOD) standard for the entire process and Acceptance Criteria for specific user stories to ensure the PSPIs met quality standards
  • Participated in continuous backlog grooming and PBI re-prioritization following any improvement request from stakeholders, discovery of technical debt, partially developed user stories, etc.
  • Organized Hackathons, Problem solving Workshops, System PI demos (ART Movie) during Inspect & Adapt (I&A) Workshop
  • Co-ordinated with Release Train Engineers (RTE) to compile team PI Performance Measures (TPPM) by taking note of committed and stretch PI objectives to showcase the delivery reliability of various teams on the Agile Release Train (ART)
  • Tackled team owned impediments by augmenting temporary resource constraints by escalating issues to functional managers, so that the development efforts adhered to the Release Roadmap
  • Reported status to Business owners on a weekly and monthly basis using tools like MS Project, JIRA Velocity charts to keep them in the loop and highlighting risks to delivery, if any
  • Reviewed Use cases from the Functional Requirements, business process models - Activity diagrams, Sequence diagrams, and Use Case Diagrams in MS Visio on ad-hoc basis to help clarify expected system behavior from a business perspective
  • Assisted the UI team in analyzing, designing Graphical User Interface (GUI) by creating mock-ups to get better understanding
  • Communicated Data Warehousing needs by detailing the different OLAP queries after understanding analytic requirements of end users and reviewed data warehouse design like the schema, architecture, and granularity as well as Report Specification Document
  • Ensured accurate deployment of builds to Test and Production environments through impediment resolution and constant collaboration between QA, developers and Deployment team members using DevOps tools like Jenkins
  • Participated in Triage meetings and documented the User Acceptance Testing (UAT) Plan for the project and worked with the UAT Team to ensure every acceptance criterion for the requirements was included in the UAT task plan

Environment: Scaled Agile (SAFe), Jira, SharePoint, MS Visio, SQL Server, Tableau, Selenium, HTML5/CSS3, REST, XML, SoapUI, MS Office Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook), Jenkins

Confidential, Wilmington, DE

Project Manager

Responsibilities:

  • Led project throughout the project management life cycle by effectively interacting with multiple stakeholders, ensuring a high level of team morale by motivating and infusing enthusiasm among team members
  • Prepared and maintained Project Scope Statement and the Project Management Plan using Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) after eliciting inputs on key tasks, milestones, and dependencies from the core team members
  • Scheduled and lead meaningful project status meetings including previous accomplishments, upcoming activities, issues/risks, financial information, and any change requests; highlighted risks to delivery
  • Organized Requirements Gathering using various Elicitation techniques such as JAD, interviews, surveys, Questionnaire, etc.
  • Resolved conflicts among stakeholders to achieve consensus during Project Scoping and Planning phases
  • Formulated a Stakeholder Management Plan by maintaining a RACI Matrix for the identified project stakeholders to foster a sense of ownership and transparency throughout the project and for various artifacts/deliverables
  • Logged and maintained a consolidated list of issues and risks and reviewed with project team on a recurring basis to help drive to closure; escalated items as appropriate to the Project Board
  • Coordinated with BAs to review and baseline multiple project related artifacts (BRD, FRD, SRS, test plans and scenarios, System Design Documents (SDD)) to aggressively drive projects forward
  • Championed the adoption of best engineering practices such as BDD/ATDD, pair programming, CI, etc.
  • Documented and managed the Change Control Process, and meticulously tracked Change Requests through a Change log; escalated items when necessary to the Project Board after undertaking Impact analysis
  • Kept track of the test coverage status by reviewing the RTM document, scheduling and managing the resolution of defects, updating the Bug log and reporting the same during status meetings
  • Participated in creation and execution of production release "check outs" to ensure functionality is properly deployed by validating test results to ensure that various Functional and Non-functional Requirements were met

Environment: Waterfall-Scrum Hybrid, AWS, JIRA, MSSQL Server, Postman, JSON, HTML, CSS, SOAP UI, Swagger, Java (Testing environment), Cucumber, MS Project SQL, MS Office Suite, MS Visio, Balsamiq

Confidential, Atlanta, GA

Business Systems Analyst

Responsibilities:

  • Assisted Project Managers in capturing the scope, milestones, objectives, roadmap and vision of the project
  • Helped the Product Owner in prioritizing Product Backlog Items using MoSCoW technique and assisted scrum team in estimating user stories pulled in Sprint Backlog using Planning Poker, T-shirt sizing, or other techniques
  • Participated in Backlog Grooming in order to refine features into user stories that met the INVEST criteria and in further breaking up the user stories into initial tasks during Sprint Planning Meetings
  • Liaised and communicated with various project stakeholders, including project sponsor, project manager, business lead, architect, designers, quality analysts and domain experts to gather requirements and future roadmap for the release of product features
  • Created and maintained agile scrum boards to track execution status of different tasks, defects and items committed to the sprint to inculcate a sense of transparency and collective ownership among the team members
  • Collaborated with the internal stakeholders (Product Owner, Solution Architect, and Business SMEs) to clarify and prioritize requirements and discuss solution options on a daily/weekly basis
  • Tested end to end flow of data by importing WSDL files, creating manual test suites for different SOAP API requests and validating responses using SOAP UI and helped document the APIs using SWAGGER
  • Used Tableau for reporting and analyzing the portfolio analytics and performance measures such as NAV, HPR, Benchmark return, Strategy & Fund Allocation, Alpha, and Volatility
  • Facilitated UAT sessions ensuring the product quality with a thorough understanding of testing concepts pertaining to both manual and automation using tools like HP ALM/QC and Cucumber

Environment: Agile (Scrum), JIRA, MS Visio, SQL, MS Office, HTML, XML, Tableau, CSS, MS Office 2013 (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Outlook), HP ALM/QC, SOAP UI, Swagger, Confluence, Jenkins

Confidential

Business Analyst

Responsibilities:

  • Gathered requirements from functional users, extracting data, designing reports and dashboards for business requirements and coordinated across different teams for integration
  • Created wireframes for reports to mimic the final production version & enhance final reporting value
  • Worked with various business stakeholders to gather the business specifications and translate into data visualizations for effective decision making and identifying target markets
  • Worked with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to gain an understanding of the data to properly use relationship between tables and views and identified dependencies and correlations.
  • Transformed the Business requirement document into technical specification with tables, Business rules and final attributes and created a base document for stakeholders to refer upon
  • Worked on Collaborating with the business users/business analysts to understand the requirements and demonstrate aesthetic data visualization options to give a holistic outlook of the scenario
  • Profiled data (SQL, Excel, reporting tools), create source data queries, joining data from multiple sources to satisfy reporting requirements and create target data sets
  • Used Excel and Power BI to identify favorable, unfavorable trends and outliers on the customer data
  • Presented the strengths and weaknesses of various options, proposed an approach that best ad-dresses requirements and constraints, and estimate effort to deliver
  • Tested reports to validate if they correctly reflect the data points and are factually accurate

Environment: Agile Scrum, Informatica PowerCenter, Tableau, SQL, Oracle, HP QC, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, Balsamiq, Prezi Business Presentation.

Confidential

Business Analyst

Responsibilities:

  • Assisted Project Manager in the preparation of Project Charter and Planning documents by helping to put together a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  • Facilitated and spearheaded Requirement gathering sessions such as JAD, interviews, and surveys with project stakeholders and documented solution requirements
  • Developed and documented Business Requirements, Functional Requirements, Test Plans and Test Cases for the solution in consultation with the technical team
  • Performed GAP Analysis by undertaking extensive modelling of AS-IS and TO-BE business processes
  • Served as the conduit/liaison between the end user and the software development team through the testing and development of requirements flows
  • Created end user guides/job aids illustrating step by step on how to use deployed functionalities in stakeholder solution
  • Conducted end user training based on deployed functionalities in stakeholder's solution
  • Developed use cases, activity diagrams, sequence diagrams and other artifacts to clearly communicate system requirements to business and technical team members
  • Managed and tracked requirements changes while communicating project status to business stakeholders throughout the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC)
  • Gathered GUI requirements using wireframes and mockups, as well as analytical requirements in the form of OLAP queries to facilitate dimensional data modeling and data warehouse architecture design
  • Interacted with end user via email, face to face or telephone to further discuss their business requirement needs

Environment: Agile-Scrum, Informatica PowerCenter, SQL, Oracle, MS Visio, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, Prezi Business Presentation

Confidential

QA Analyst

Responsibilities:

  • Extensively worked in Software Testing Life Cycle (STLC) phases - Requirement Analysis, Test Planning, Test Case Development, Environment setup, Test Execution and Test cycle closure
  • Comprehended the requirements from testing perspective to identify different test scenarios and create test cases
  • Participated in various meetings to identify test scenarios along with QA lead and documented the scenarios linking to each requirement to capture the test coverage through RTM
  • Contributed in defining the Entry and Exit criteria for all the STLC phases along with the senior executives
  • Trained the testers to think in terms of Boundary Value Analysis in order to cover all test cases during User Acceptance Testing
  • Performed GUI Testing, Sanity Testing, Regression Testing using both manual and automated test cases
  • Created test results dashboard using Tableau through maintaining a live connection with excel files generated as output pertaining to different test suites executed providing test coverage at a high level for senior management

Environment: Waterfall model, Tableau, SQL, Oracle, TestNG, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, STLC, Selenium Web Driver, JIRA, Confluence

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