Lavanya Raja

  

Location: San Antonio


Certifications

Certified Scrum Professional
Certified Scrum Product Owner
Certified ScrumMaster

Biography

 

ŸAgile practitioner with expertise in Scrum, XP practices and Kanban

 

Work experience

Wipro Limited, Scrum Master / Coach
May 2010 - July 2012, Plano, Texas, United States

 Lead development teams as Scrum Master / Coach facilitating stand-ups, product backlog discussions, sprint planning meetings, retrospectives, demos, sprint reviews, story board and metric updates. Coached new team members on Agile, created the sprint structure for the portfolio and implemented Scrum practices.  Prepared and presented project status (schedule, budget, milestones) in weekly portfolio meetings to executive business sponsor, business owners and stakeholders  Tracked and drove progress of 52 projects resulting in on-time and under-budget execution of 38 projects and a 92% customer satisfaction score on overall project and product delivery with a “strongly agree”.  Managed the “Titan Notes Automation” project that won the Circle of Excellence award, Capital One's highest honor. Project resulted in an efficiency save of 59 FTEs and an expected 3 year NPV of $4.7M with a payback period of 2 months  Established very good rapport with the customer within 3 months of taking over from my predecessor Spearheaded automation of build & deployments, integration of nightly builds using Cruise Control that enabled the team realize the benefits of continuous integration in an Agile environment

Wipro Limited, Project manager
January 2009 - April 2010, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India
 Managed offshore team of 10 resources providing 9/5 support to the applications in Loan Originations, Customer Servicing and Data Warehouse lines of businesses. Project was a fixed price bid involving Level 3 support of the Loan Origination, Customer Servicing, and Data warehouse systems. Scope of work was to provide L3 support to research and analyze tickets raised by the end users and to provide code and data fixes.  Ensured teams exceed their monthly targets. Measured & increased the team’s productivity to maximize the operating margin. Reported project statuses and achievements to COAF and Wipro senior management  Wrote proposals and Statements of Works(SOW) in response to RFPs  Performed Root-Cause-Analysis(RCA)s for repetitive tickets and helped provide permanent solutions, resulting in a 5% reduction of service center ticket inflows within 6 months  Managed proposals as a proposal manager and also wrote responses for RFPs

Wipro Limited, Scrum Team member, later scrum master
March 2012 - November 2008, Plano, Texas, United States
 Scrum Master / PM: Maintained the sprint backlog, publish the burn downs, calculate agile metrics (sprint velocity, drag, stretch). Published monthly SLA reports, track project cost. Maintained risk register and keep the stakeholders well informed  Received “Center of Excellence Award” from Mr.Gregor Bailar, then CIO of Capital One for delivering defect free projects in Loan Originations  Implemented distributed Agile in the portfolio successfully  Worked with Software Engineering Practice Group (SEPG) team at Wipro to discuss and device the Agile metrics like drag, stretch, sprint velocity  Implemented story point estimation in LO and trained the teams on how to use story points  Implemented build & deployment automation in LO using Cruise control. This served as a starting point to realize the benefits of continuous integration. This also brought the client 2 FTE cost savings

Wipro Limited, Lead
September 2004 - February 2007, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India
 ADX (Advanced Decisioning eXchange) & SNAP (Summit New Account Processing) applications are COAF’s legacy Loan Originations systems that facilitate the loan application, underwriting and funding process. Project was to maintain the legacy applications, implement enhancements on a monthly basis.  Team Lead: Led and mentored a team of 3 resources at offshore. Reviewed estimates, design and code developed by the team. Worked with clients to deploy enhancements and leverage new opportunities to maintain client's competitive edge  Pricing Data Load SME: Prepared transition plan for pricing data load. Trained the identified resource in unix scripting, Ab Inito to handle pricing data loads. Reviewed and supported data loads during stabilization phase  Blaze SME:Was responsible for estimation, design and development of Blaze related enhancements  Prepared business flows and maintain document repository of the business logic residing in Blaze

Wipro Limited, Developer
March 2002 - September 2004, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India
 Vessel Operation Support System (VOSS) is a web based application that helps Barwil keep track of a vessel in its voyage and the services done to the vessel. This application is also integrated with their financial system (SUN). This application is used by all the Barwil offices across the world. Various KPI reports are also generated by the application to help the management measure and improve process efficiency  Developed front-end ASP pages of the website and the Visual Basic (VB) DLLs that contain the core functions  Designed & created DB objects using Oracle 8i  Single handedly coded business critical modules like Quotations, Proforma, and dash board.  Presented “white board” design to the VP and senior members of Barwil, which was very well received by and implemented successfully  Wrote reusable code that could be used by any page to maintain proper tab order.  Created guidelines document for multi entry screens that helped the team develop & test the complex changes faster with high quality  Managed project team including motivation, mentoring and conducted weekly progress meeting with IT Team