Rajat Bhalla

  

Agile Coach and Senior Project Manager, Appster Pty Ltd.

Location: New Delhi, India

Biography

Rajat Bhalla

I am currently working with Appster as an Agile Coach and Senior Project Manager. I am responsible to infusing Agile in all aspects of the organisation and lead various dev team on myriad projects to success. I have grown through the ranks across many organisations starting as a software developer and honing my skills over 9 years.

I have done my Bachelors in Information Technology from University of Delhi followed by Masters in Business Administration from LBSIM, Delhi.

Science and Technology are fields that excite me. I also pursue Theology as a hobby. I am very passionate about Agile, not just as a software development methodology, but also as a philosophy of life. I have presented on Agile at various meet-ups and delivered guest lectures at post-graduate colleges too.

I am also an occasional blogger. I write about technological undercurrent in our lives; how the transparent aspect of technology manifests itself in our life. You can access the blog here.

Work experience

Appster Pty Ltd., Agile Coach and Senior Project Manager
December 2013 - Present, Gurgaon, National Capital Region, IN
I am responsible for "owing" the process at Agile, infusing Agile in all aspects of the company, from Development to Marketing to HR. I lead multiple teams on myriad projects to success.

IndicInfo B.V, Delivery Manager and Agile Coach
April 2013 - Present, New Delhi, India
- Managing web and mobile projects using Agile methodologies (Scrum , XP) - Helping the organisation transition over to Agile - Leading cross functional dev teams on multiple projects

VinSol, Senior Project Manager (Agile)
December 2009 - April 2013, New Delhi, India
- Managing web projects (Ruby on Rails) and mobile projects (iOS, Android) using Agile methodologies (Scrum + XP, Kanban) - Instrumental in transitioning the organisation from Waterfall to Agile - Heading Centre of Agility to sustain Agile practices - Holding regular Sprint Estimation and Planning Meetings, Daily Scrum Meetings, and Retrospectives - Leading UI-Design and QA teams - Leading cross functional dev teams on multiple projects - Managed projects that were featured on Wisdom 2.0, Mashable, TechCrunch, Forbes.com, CNN.com, Wall Street Journal - A well-known and respected speaker at Agile events and post graduate colleges in and around New Delhi - Well versed with Agile tools like Jira, Basecamp, Pivotal Tracker, etc.

E2 Solutions,
June 2009 - September 2009, New Delhi, India
- Managing web projects (PHP, Drupal, Joomla) - Heading multiple teams (Business Analysis, Development, UI-Design, Client Communication, Testing) - Hands-on prototype development using Axure

NetEdge Computing, Delivery Manager
March 2009 - June 2009, New Delhi, India
- Managing development and delivery of web projects (PHP, Dot Net) - Heading dev and UI-design teams - Pre-sales support to Business Development team

Oracle Corp, Business Development Consultant
June 2007 - January 2009, New Delhi, New Delhi, India
1. End to end Sales Consulting and Key Account Management 2. System Analysis, Web-diagramming, demonstration of product functionality 3. Working with multi-geographic, cross-functional teams 4. Reporting directly to the General Manager 5. Instrumental in extending the Oracle footprint to a significant number of new customers 6. Ensuring ramping up of new hires in terms of knowledge of Oracle Tech-stack and sales process 7. Responsible for training the team on product intelligence and business aspects of the same

Articles I've written

Becoming a Certified Scrum Professional
Considering the increasing number of companies practicing Agile, getting a ScrumMaster on the rolls has almost become mandatory. Consequently, lot of people (including PMPs) are getting themselves certified as ScrumMasters (or Certified Scrum Deve...

If Scrum Were a Motorbike
Scrum and motorbikes: two things that I am very passionate about. Subconsciously, I could sense a parallel between them. When I actively thought about it, the picture became clearer. Consider the team (developers, UI designers, testers) in Scrum....

Detailing Backlog Appropriately
On one of the projects I am currently managing, I noticed that the product backlog was actually growing rather than shrinking as we progressed through sprints. At one point, there were close to 150 stories in the backlog, all detailed and ready for planning. . . . There was something definitely going wrong.