Ariel Dragan

  

Director, NTT Data

Location: Chapel Hill, NC


Certifications

Certified Scrum Professional
Certified ScrumMaster
Certified Scrum Product Owner

Biography

  • Founded, led, and grew 5 businesses from the ground up, from which RomPrax Prod SRL became the largest private manufacturer of school supplies in Romania (1997), with a distribution in 3 countries and 22 cities
  • 24 years of Agile/Lean development, leadership, strategic management, business development, IT and marketing, from which 17 years in IT project/program management, architecture and development of large integration system in Healthcare, Retail, Insurance, and Software Development industries (Blue Cross Blue Shield, WellPoint, Regency, AT&T, Macy’s, Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Sun Microsystems, CGI, ING, IBM, Warner Bros.)
  • Agile and Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) client practice leader, scrum master, trainer, and coach
  • Agile evangelist and leader of Agile Transformation for large and medium scale enterprises
  • MBA with focus in Strategic Management, Consulting, and Marketing
  • MSc in Egineering

Work experience

NTT Data, Agile Practice Lead at BCBSNC
June 2012 - Present, Chapel Hill, NC, US
• Lead the NTT Agile Practice for NCTIO (a $535 million program) – 24 Agile teams led mostly by NTT Data Sr. Scrum Masters • Contributed to the Agile/Scrum creation from the ground up for NCTIO, and grew the NTT Data presence to 40 scrum masters, project managers, business analysts, and project coordinators within NCTIO program • Held Agile seminars and coached scrum masters, product owners, and team members in Agile/Scrum methodology • Provided thought leadership, coaching, strategic planning and tactical advice to client leadership • Mentored and guided NTT Data project managers, scrum masters, and business analysts to improve consulting performance and create the “unexpected value” for the client • Successfully and consistently advised the client in Agile, leadership, strategic and tactical improvements • Became the NTT Data representative in front of the client for all NCTIO program matters • Key role in the NTT Data candidates interviewing and selection, for both Agile and Waterfall requisitions • In process to create and lead the NTT Data Agile Community of Practice (COP) within BCBSNC • Served a the Lead Agile Auditor for an NTT Data client in Canada, leading a team of 5 auditors • Created strategic optimization plans with clear and attainable goals and approaches on leadership, Agile enablement, motivation, and accountability, driving a corporate cultural shift towards lean development, performance, collaboration, innovation, and rapid time-to-market

Alto Strategy Consulting, Scrum Master/Agile Coach
April 2011 - June 2012, Atlanta, GA, US
• Introduced Agile/Scrum to various clients and set up the bases for Agile Transformation • Facilitated and coached the Agile teams through all Scrum ceremonies • Facilitated teams to create user stories and coached the product owner to create and maintain the product backlog • Maintained Sprint and Release backlogs and burn-down charts • Mentored and coached the team members to reach their true Agile potential by increasing trust, collaboration, transparency, motivation and accountability