Bhavin Shukla


Associate Consultant, TCS

Location: Pune, Maharashtra


Certified ScrumMaster

Groups I belong to

Agile Pune

Agile Safari Pune


My name is Bhavin Shukla & I am an Agile enthusiast who is always on the lookout for implementation challenges in the Agile consulting arena. Having around 11 years of IT experience and 4 years into Agile hasn't fulfilled my appetiate to know more. Working across technologies since 2003 into design, architecture, coding, testing & program management, I am trying to leverage all the past experience into being a better consultant who can not just understand & pinpoint the right question but also suggest correct & workable solutions.!

Work experience

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Agile Consultant / Agile coach / Scrum Master
June 2013 - Present, Pune, Maharashtra, India
I am working with TCS - Global Consulting Practice as an Agile Consultant helping customers across geographies to build Agile mindset in the way various Lines of business function. My roles and responsibilities have scaled up from project level agile coach to enterprise agile coaching, and i am still learning everyday the paradigm shift between these two roles.

Wipro Technologies, Agile Consultant
August 2012 - February 2013, Bangalore, Karnataka
I worked with Wipro Technologies - Agile Center of Excellence (CoE) as an Agile Consultant and Agile coach / scrum master responsibilities. Core Responsibilities: ---------------------- Drive initiatives as a consultant to help Projects/Business Units/Verticals evaluate, leverage & enhance agile practices. As a scrum master, facilitate coaching sessions for cross-functional teams comprising but not limited to customers, Business analysts, Developers, test engineers & managers on benefits of agile processes. As a scrum master, he helped project teams identify, learn and implement tools that best suites the technology platform along with client needs & track project specific metrics in terms of release burn-ups, sprint burn-downs & backlogs. He was involved with pre-sales team during the RFP stage assisting in agile adoption for various pricing models (T&M, Fixed Price, etc.). He has worked with various projects involving technologies like MS.Net, Java, L.A.M.P., mobile application development & SAP while helping the program onboard agile journey. He was responsible to identify potential Scrum masters in the organization and provides them hands-on training to be Scrum-ready. He has set-up an agile eco-system to showcase organization maturity in agile practices, success & failures during adoption & the way ahead for crucial on-hand engagements. He was involved as a SPOC for setting up Agile Experience Center to serve as one stop shop for customer to demonstrate agile execution capabilities of Wipro. Achievements: ------------- Helped Project Delivery teams with RFP responses apart from Agile Project Management generating business opportunities.

Cerner Healthcare Pvt. Ltd., Software Architect
May 2010 - September 2012, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Project Lead for two complete engineering tracks – GenLab & BloodBank Engineering, that were responsible for delivering real-time life critical healthcare applications related to Laboratory procedures and Blood transfusions for In-patient and Out-patients in various hospitals. Core Responsibilities: ---------------------- He worked with his US counterparts (architects & managers) on release planning, building product backlog, sprint planning & execution, building CI/CD framework & perform Integration/User acceptance testing Implemented various agile practices tracking project management artifacts throughout the life cycle using VersionOne, JIRA & HP Quality Center Helped customize sprint cycles by defining Quality criteria like the inclusion of white-box testing phase during development stage, implementation of integration testing etc. to ensure defect density is reduced to meet release timelines. Facilitated knowledge transfer from onshore to offshore, resolving impediments impacting the team, technically mentoring, performing annual performance appraisals & hand-holding teams to transition development projects into support Arranged technical & process oriented coaching sessions for new-joiners. Achievements: ------------- Awarded for implementing “Agile/Lean Process improvement” strategy for issue tracking and quality management

Articles I've written

Value-Added Role: Technical ScrumMaster
The Technical ScrumMaster (TSM) has a role that carries a lot of weight apart from being a negotiator, facilitator, and/or servant-leader. Why do I emphasize the TSM?

The Power of the Backlog
Though the primary purpose of the backlogs is to document the requirements and work items, practically speaking, much more could be achieved by creatively structuring them and prioritizing the items. . . .

Tips to Mess up the Daily Stand-up in a Royal Way
I learned a lot from one project about how to mess up feasible Agile practices and still shout out loud, "Yippee, we are Agile!" Here are a few tips that could (but I genuinely pray will not) help. . . .