Vadivelan Sivanantham

  

Associate Director - Projects (Agile Coach), Cognizant Technology Solutions

Location: Chennai


Certifications

Certified Scrum Professional
Certified ScrumMaster

Biography

Extensive experience handling projects in Agile, roles played from Team member to Scrum Master/ Coach.
Key responsibilities as Scrum Master / Coach

 - Facilitate Agile Adoption for multiple teams (includes end to end adoption for a large Health Insurance program)
 - Conducted workshops with various stakeholders for mindset change
 - Implemented staged approach for Agile adoption
 - Assess and publish Business value due to short release cycles
 - Facilitated in execution of ditributed agile (across onsite / offshore) model

Work experience

Cognizant Technology Solutions, Scrum Coach
January 2011 - Present, Chennai, India

Scrum Coach

Tata Consultancy Services, Scrum Master / Project Manager
January 2004 - December 2010, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Scrum Master

Ramco Systems Ltd, Technical Leader
May 2000 - January 2004, Chennai, India

Technical Leader

Articles I've written

Is Documentation Really Wasted Effort?
A widespread myth I've noticed in Agile software development is, "No documentation in Agile" or "Documentation is wasted effort." Particularly during a transition from Waterfall to Agile, we appreciate the benefits of adopting typical Scrum practices, such as short iterations, timeboxing, daily scrums, retrospective, and so on. We also try to get away from the tasks and activities that we found monotonous before Agile adoption — documentation, writing proper code comments, etc. But is it really correct to completely stop documentation and code comments?