Raj Kamdar


Sr. SCRUM Master/Sr. Project Manager, Skava Inc.

Location: San Francisco


Certified Scrum Professional
Certified ScrumMaster


Accomplished Technical SCRUM/Project/Program Management Professional with extensive experience in managing Projects, Programs, multiple engineering functions and vendor relationships in geographically distributed/offshore organizations. Proven track record of consistently delivering world’s #1 NPI, Tools & Services that have established new industry standards and technological advancements in Consumer Electronics, Semiconductor, EDA, Test & Measurement technology sectors and Retailing sector.


Over 15+ years experience in a high-pressure, fast paced, Hi-tech environment complimented with strong interpersonal & diplomatic client relationship skills. Interfaced with senior/executive leadership to establish policies, performance/release goals and assess strategic and tactical plans. Met challenging project objectives by working with marketing, sales and engineering teams. Certifications include PMP and Agile SCRUM Master (CSM). Possesses in depth expertise with software development life cycle (SDLC) models. Conversant with more than 10 plus languages and work experience in more than 4 countries.


Work experience

Skava Inc., SCRUM Master/Sr. Project Manager
October 2011 - Present, San Francisco, CA, United States
Currently leading a multi-million dollar Digital Media Streaming website project for a joint partnership between a leading wireless service provider and a retail giant. Tasked with an extremely aggressive development schedule, responsible for complete project planning, tracking, risk management, manage vendor relationships, weekly presentations and manage an off shore team of 15-20 engineers. Project to complete in March/April 2012. Skills: Agile SCRUM (CSM), PMI (PMP), Balsamiq

Aarkay Properties LLC, Sr. SCRUM Master/Program Manager
February 2005 - Present, Fremont, CA
Lead multi-million dollar real estate projects over a span of 6 years. Responsibilities include, feasibility studies, project recommendations and cost analysis, Gather/Review Requirements, Project Setup, Risk analysis and abatements, Sprint Planning, Daily Scrum, Sprint Review, Retrospective. Used Agile SCRUM methodology from Project setup through managing Sprints and performing Sprint Reviews & Retrospectives. Used PMI methodology for initial feasibility studies and cost analysis. Also used this methodology for Program Management, Cost analysis and managing Contractual relationships. Developed an iPhone Apps for the company. Other App. projects are in progress. Performed for 2+ years in a full time role and rest in a Part-Time role. Skills: Agile SCRUM (CSM), PMI (PMP), iOS, Objective C, C++, Balsamiq

Apple Inc., Sr. VLSI CAD Engineer
November 2004 - October 2009, Cupertino, CA, United States
Architect/Design/Develop/Support custom in-house infrastructure, SW applications, design flows & methodologies and unify them across core partners/vendors for iPhone, iPad and Mac products. Managed tool relationships with leading Korean vendor. Evaluate new leading edge design tools from EDA vendors and foundries (Synopsys, Cadence, Atrenta, Nova, Samsung, etc.) and integrate (Systems Integration) qualified tools into Apple’s design flow for iPhone (Smartphone), iPod and iPad (Tablet) product lines. All development was performed using Object Oriented Perl with some use of Csh. Skills: OOA, OOD, OOP, Object Oriented practices, Design Patterns, Perl, Csh, Tcl/Tk, Perl-QT, C, C++, Perforce, CVS, RCS, Valor, some XML & HTML.

Cadence Design Systems, Sr. Engineering Manager
December 2000 - May 2003, San Jose, CA, United States
Lead Cadence’s OpenAccess dB Deployment effort to expedite the adoption of the first Tool Interoperability EDA standard. As Project/Program Manager, successfully delivered tens of Projects with the application of PMBOK and Agile SCRUM best practices through the complete SDLC and Product Life Cycle (PLC). Worked with a wide spectrum of Business stakeholders/external vendors (IBM, HP, LSI, Si2, internal functions and executive management) to gather product requirements, develop project/release plans; drive definition of ambiguous scope and meet tight deadlines. Monitor progress and provide executive level project updates/reports. Managed offshore cross-functional teams dispersed across San Jose, Russia & India. Responsibilities include establish & track team assignments, set annual budgets, perform appraisals and provide support and coaching. As an individual contributor, produced specifications, Design and Implemented SW for OpenAccess (OA) dB utilities for use with Logical and Physical Design tools supporting SoC/ASIC/Custom Design Methodology. Used Design Patterns Methodology, encapsulation and extensibility concepts. Skills: OOA, OOD, OOP, Design Patterns, Object Oriented practices, UML, VC++ 6, VC++ .NET, C, Verilog/VHDL, ClearCase, CVS, MS Office Pro, CDBA, Agile SCRUM like, PMI, SDLC

IKOS Systems Inc., Sr. Engineering Manager
October 1996 - June 2000, Cupertino, CA, United States
Managed multiple engineering functions & projects/programs (Tools Dev., SCM & QA) across three global operations. Teams encompassed 15 engineers plus consultants. Interacted with co-located, distributed and offshore Cross-functional teams. Managed ASIC vendor & customer relationships and all aspects of SDLC from gathering stakeholder requirements, Architect, Design, Implement, system Integration to releasing it to customers. Other responsibilities include managing stakeholders, negotiating contracts, resource allocation, project plans, risk management, tracking, influencing change and adoption of new processes. Interfaced closely with external vendors, marketing, sales, support & engineering. Managed all phases of Project/Product Life Cycle, personnel coaching along with full fiscal responsibilities for project and functions. Presented project updates for 3 functions to C-Level and senior executive staff every month. Implemented & deployed a new CRM/ERP System using Clarify/Oracle RDBMS across the company. Appointed vendors, managed vendor relationship and managed all aspects of the project. Used Oracle’s ‘AIM’ Methodology. Recognized for turning around a previously failed attempt on a similar project under a different leadership. Liaised closely with ASIC vendors and OEM partners to derive requirements and enhance middleware layer to produce leading edge Design verification tools for the SoC/ASIC design flows. Enabled IKOS to achieve Golden Simulator approval by NEC. Skills: OOA, OOD, OOP, Design Patterns, Object Oriented practices, UML, C++, C, V System, VCS, Quick HDL, Verilog/VHDL, CVS, RCS, MS Office, PMI, Agile SCRUM like, SDLC.