Sandika Samarakoon


Project Manager/Scrum Master

Location: Sydney, Australia


Certified ScrumMaster

Groups I belong to

Agile Alliance - Sri Lanka


Sandika Samarakoon as an Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) and Certified ScrumMaster®, possess expertise and experience over 3 years in Agile project management which included SCRUM/XP daily meetings, grooming product backlogs,reporting, planning sessions, relative estimations and iteration tracking. Sandika demonstrates expertise in transforming traditional teams into Agile teams which includes trainings, estimation sessions and mentoring/coaching session. He has expert kowledge on prioritisation of work in delivering what is most important to client within timelines by facilitating product backlogs and sprint backlogs grooming sessions.

His ablity to liaise and negotiate with a range of stakeholders to build and maintain strong working relationships and ensure positive outcomes and has over 5 years expertise in delivering IT strategic projects using formal PMO methodologies with extensive experience in handling all phases of the development life cycle from the feasibility/analysis stage to the design stage, right through to the implementation and maintenance phase (SDLC) and is a PMP (offered by PMI).

Sandika is experienced in systems development, systems architecture, database design and infrastructure for the past five years and also demostrates expert knowledge in the online space including SEO, Webtrends, web accessibility, UI design and analyzing user experience for the web.

He has worked with virtual teams across the globe from Brazil, Canada, China, HK, India, Philippine, Egypt, UK and US.

Work experience

Pearson Lanka Ltd, Project Manager
June 2013 - Present, Colombo, LK

Project Manager/Scrum master

• Project management which includes product development related to online application development and implementation and/or integration of third party applications
• Organizes, conducts, and attends release, iteration, and planning meetings with product managers and key stakeholders to create agile project plans by defining clear, attainable objectives and milestones 
• Determines milestones to meet minimally viable products as defined by product champions, and what will be needed to meet milestone (time, materials, etc.), the scope of project and how the scope fits into the milestone timelines
• Drives or oversees iteration planning to creates tasks, and work with project team to determine and refine estimates based on departmental abilities and constraints
• Requirements analysis for software development initiatives, feature enhancements of and changes to existing products with product management and various other stakeholders
• Escalation and coordination on project/product management issues from stakeholders based in Sri Lanka, India and US
• Authors, maintains, and applies detailed project plans to support software development, hardware installations, and a variety of integration projects 
• Performs risk analysis and risk management for projects under perview
• Facilitates lessons learned or retrospectives at program level and assists fellow project managers with implementing lessons learned from other projects 
• Recommends and implements process improvements within the program management group 
• Acts as an Agile coach and process expert resource for project managers.
• Work with team leaders to manage both dedicated and matrix resources

HSBC, Manager, Digital Publishing
December 2008 - May 2013, Colombo, Sri Lanka

• Manage the delivery of multiple streams of projects ranging from websites, content management to stand-alone applications
• Resource management according to priority with up to 10 projects running in simultaneously
• Manage a team of personnel consisting of team leads, software developers, business analysts and project coordinators across Brazil, Canada, China, HK, India, Philippine, Egypt, UK and US
• Scrum Master/Agile Coach responsibilities 
• Lead agile transformations for distributed teams 
• Technical consultancy on projects/sites for the front-end of HSBC’s global and intranet sites
• Consultancy on site build/page layout/SEO/Webtrends/UI design/user experience
• Expertise in front-end based technologies, application development within Microsoft Office software and Plone application development and architecture
• Expertise in web architecture including design, hardware and software requirements
• Drive the quality assurance process within the team which included defining test cases using HP Quality centre and SharePoint
• Liaise with Senior Technical consultants to lead the way in new software and hardware for Global Publishing Services

HSBC, Web development lead
March 2009 - November 2010, Colombo, Sri Lanka

• Lead and manage technical projects and teams on advanced Web user interface development using standards-compliant XHTML, CSS, XML and JavaScript, as well as a range of applications including template development for HSBC Group-owned Web content management systems, application development within Microsoft Microsoft Office software, and application development for Web platforms including SharePoint, SQL server, Plone and PHP as needed by clients
• Web content management on all HSBC Group content management systems 
• Web metrics reporting and analysis using Group-standard WebTrends
• Search engine optimisation, including best practice meta tagging, to improve results for both internal verity search as well as internet search engines such as Google and Yahoo
• Information architecture to map out site structure, navigation and user journeys
• Website migration management and execution
• Website rebranding management and execution

HSBC, Web developer
January 2008 - February 2009, Colombo, Sri Lanka

• Produce bespoke Web UI code (HTML/CSS/JS) according to client requirements under the guidance of a Web Development Lead or independently as needed
• Build Ajax-based interactive applications and data applications using industry-standard JavaScript libraries and toolkit
• Develop HTML/CSS code for use in the Group’s range of Web content management systems
• Work with designers to convert Web design into usable Web-standard UI code
• Engage directly with clients on the delivery of requirements

Informatics Institute of Technology, Associate Lecturer - University of Westminster, UK
March 2007 - December 2007, Colombo, Sri Lanka

• Coordinator for second year students in Software Engineering stream whilst lecturing on Programming methodology and Object oriented programming modules
• Industrial placement coordinator for placing students in various companies for those students that were offered with the sand-witch degree by the University of Westminster, UK

ICBT Campus, Associate Lecturer - Middlesex University, UK
October 2006 - March 2007, Colombo

• Conducted lectures on ‘Developing Enterprise Applications’ for BSc (Hons) in Information Technology offered by Middlesex University, UK. 
• Responsibilities included delivery of lectures, preparations of lecture notes and marking of assessments whilst directly liaising with the counterpart from the Middlesex University