Vijayanand Nagaraj


Consultant, QAI India Ltd

Location: Bangalore, India

+91 98453 54568


Certified Scrum Product Owner
Certified ScrumMaster


Vijayanand Nagaraj,

I am an enthusiastic IT professional, always aspiring to create & implement meaningful management systems which can enable engineering excellence.

I have 10 years of experience in the IT Industry with expertise in Consulting, Project Management, People Management, Coaching, Mentoring & Training, Tools Deployment and Sales activities. All this experience is gained internationally by working in India, Germany, Belgium, France and also working offsite with clients located in various geographies.

This experience is coupled with strong leadership, communication, collaboration, mentoring, Interpersonal and analytical skills. I possess good problem solving ability, customer service attitude and highly autonomous.

In my current role as Consultant with QAI India Ltd I focus on agile consulting specifically for SCRUM, XP and Kanban methodologies in many multi-national organizations. Few Highlights of my work is as follows:

· Strong Experience using Agile Frameworks such as Scrum, Extreme Programming (XP), Kanban and SAFe.

· Managed 4 Agile Transformations – Transitioned from traditional waterfall model to Agile Methodologies ( Team Size 50+ Member, geographically distributed)

· Good experience in working with Distributed Agile Teams (US, Germany, India, Singapore, Malaysia)

· Trained 350+ professionals on Agile Methodologies.

a) Trainings were of 1 day, 2 days and 3 days duration on topics like

§ "Introduction to Agile", "Mastering Scrum", "User Stories, Estimation and Planning", "Agile Test Strategies Management", "Executive overview to Agile" and "Transformation to Agile".

· Experience as Agile Coach for 11 agile teams- Guided them through the stages of Forming, Storming, Norming and performing.

a) Focusing on Six Dimensional Agile Transformation – Agile Culture, Agile Principles, Agile Practices, Engineering Excellence, Project/Organizational Objectives and Agile Support Environment

b) Conduct Agility Assessment and set up the Agile Roadmap for the organization / department /project based on the above dimensions.

c) Conducting Trainings for all level in the hierarchy

d) Deployment of Agile Tools based on the Agile Practices

e) Constant coaching and mentoring to the Agile teams

· ­ Experience in leading Project Teams as ScrumMaster for 2 Agile Teams

a) Manage release planning, sprint planning, daily standup, sprint review, retrospective

b) Assist the product owner with keeping the backlog groomed i.e. have user stories which are prioritized, independent, valuable, estimatable, small, and testable.

c) Remove impediments of the team and ensure cross-team coordination

d) Foster collaboration and communication

e) Maintain relevant metrics that help the team & stakeholders

f) Manage and track the sprint backlog, burndown rate and velocity


· Deep understanding of all software lifecycle development disciplines - Project management, Requirements Management, Analysis & Design, Implementation, Testing, Deployment, Configuration & Change Management

· Strong Experience in developing courseware, webinar presentations, case studies and white papers.

· Good experience in supporting sales activities like Lead generation, creating technical proposals, Cross selling, Up-selling and achieving sales targets.

Work experience

QAI India Ltd, Process Consultant
June 2010 - Present, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Provide end to end full life cycle implementations of Agile Methodologies(SCRUM, XP, Kanban), CMMI_Dev_v1.3 and ISO 9001:2008 initiatives Provide end to end consulting solutions to clients including Process definitions, Implementations, Trainings, Advisory Consulting, Assessment and Audits at all levels of the organization as per the client’s requirements. Implementation Assignments ­ Agile Implementation (Scrum + XP) for a 35 member team at Hewlett Packard, Bangalore, India ­ CMMI_v1.3_Dev Maturity-L3 Implementation at OneAccess Networks, Leuven, Belgium & Paris, France ­ Implementation of ISO 9001:2008 for Corporate Processes at OneAccess Networks, Belgium and France ­ Agile Implementation & Quality Management at Intel Mobile Communication, Bangalore ­ Agile Implementation and Quality Management at Infineon Technologies Ltd, Bangalore ­ Advisory consulting for CMMI_v1.3_Dev Maturity-L-3 Implementation at Embitel, Bangalore Training Assignments ­ 2-Days training on “User Stories, Estimation & Planning and Agile Testing Stategies” for Business Analysts and Test Engineers of Sungard ­ 2-Days training on “Mastering SCRUM” for the Delivery teams of Sungard ­ 1-Day training on “Overview to Agile Methodologies” for the Project Management team of Toshiba ­ 2 session of 2-Day training on “Agile Implementation” for Delivery teams of Torry Harris Business Solutions ­ 2 sessions of “Introduction to Agile & SCRUM Simulation” for Project teams of Intel Mobile Communications ­ 2 sessions of “Introduction to Agile & SCRUM Simulation” for Project teams of Infineon Technologies ltd ­ 3-Weeks training on “CMMI based Quality Management System” for OneAccess France and Belgium ­ 1-Day training on “Internal Quality Auditor” for prospective auditors of OneAcess Belgium ­ ½ Day training on “Internal Quality Auditor” for Sr. Management of OneAccess India ­ 1-Day training on “Overview to CMMI-Dev-v1.3 - L2 and L3” for SEPG team of Embitel Organizational Contribution ­ Core group member of the team that was instrumental in setting up the Agile Department in QAI India Ltd o Designed the Agile service offerings o Defined the Agile collateral documents o Created new Agile training courseware o Pre-sales support for Business Development Dept o Mentoring Process Consultants on Agile Consulting ­ Contribute to organizational technical leadership through articles, white papers, case studies etc ­ Designing new training courseware and update existing courses Client Relationship Management ­ Generate business leads and take them towards conclusive proposals ­ Accompany Business Development team for technical presentations with clients My achievement are, received an average rating of 4.5/5 for all Agile & SCRUM Workshops. Received a Customer Satisfaction Score of 4.2/5 for the SCRUM deployment assignment within the ETS group at Infineon.

Sasken Communication Technologies Ltd, Assistant Manager - Quality
January 2007 - June 2010, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Project 1 ­ Transition the entire Quality Management System from Germany to Bangalore for a R&D unit of a Leading Handset Manufacturer in the world ­ Deployment of Scrum Methodology for a Leading Handset Manufacturing customer. This included the following responsibilities • Define the SCRUM Roll-Out Plan • Conduct training on Agile Methodologies and Scrum • Deploy and provide training on ScrumWorks Pro tool • Re-organize the existing team into functional Scrum teams • Formulate a process to work within the Scrum Framework • Mentor the teams during Sprint Planning, Daily Standup, Backlog refinement, Sprint Review and Sprint retrospective meetings • Coach and support the Scrum Master to resolve impediments • Perform the role of Product Owner for Defect Management activities • Temporarily performed the role of a Scrum Master for one of the functional teams • Ensure that the Team and Product Owner adhere to Scrum values, practices, and rules • Help the Team and Product Owner – and the organization – adopt Scrum • Coach and lead the Team and Product Owner to be more productive and produce higher quality products ­ Perform Quality Assurance activities like internal audits, defect prevention, RCAs, process/product quality metrics analysis, defect management, milestone reviews and release management ­ Ensure compliance to Defect Management SLAs Project 2 Facilitate the Software Quality Assurance activities for 14 projects (11 Development, 1 Testing and 2 Maintenance projects) Process Management ­ Ensure adherence to Standards and Models - ISO 9001-2000, ISO 27001, TL9000 and CMMI ­ Process Definition, Implementation and Tailoring as per the organizational need or customer practices ­ Conduct periodic SQA & CM Audits, identify the process gaps and verify implementation of Corrective/Preventive actions. Measurement & Analysis, Monitoring & Control ­ Monitor Product and Process Quality goals and Perform RCA for deviations ­ Perform Metrics Analysis – Phase Containment of Defects, Age Analysis of Bugs, Test Escape Analysis, Analysis on Defect fix Rate, ­ Metrics standardization and align it to projects lifecycle for all projects in the Business Unit Tools Management ­ Automation of templates using Excel Macros for efficient tracking and reporting. People Management ­ Train, mentor and manage team member – Periodic tracking of activities and identifying improvement areas ­ Motivate and enable the team member to function independently ACHIEVEMENTS: 1. Award For Standardizing Metrics and aligning metrics to projects lifecycle and eliminating wasteful metrics 2. Award for Best laid Out Plans for creating “Best Practices Sharing Plan”

Philips Software Centre, Quality Assurance Consultant
January 2006 - December 2006, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
My key responsibilities at Philips included conducting Process Audits based on CMMi L2 & L3 Maturity Levels­. As a Software Quality Engineer my responsibiltiy were to report Product Quality Metrics, Project status and perform Defects Analysis. ­ My Responsibilities as a Developer in Shastra project (i.e. Automation of Quality Management System) included Performing requirements analysis, creating detailed design and coding using Java (JSP, Servlet), HTML, JavaScript, SQL Server. This project was executed using Scrum methodology and I was one of the Scrum Team member. The scrum practices which we followed were working in 2-weeks iteration, iteration planning meeting, daily standup meeting, demo at the end of each iteration and iteration retrospective. This was my first exposure to Agile.