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Alhad Akole


Project Manager, Zensar Technologies Ltd

Location: Pune, India



Certified Scrum Professional
Certified ScrumMaster
Certified Scrum Product Owner



Mr. Alhad Akole @ SAFe Agilist, CSP, CSM,CSPO, PMP, and ITIL v3 has over 14 years of experience in Agile Project Management for product development, Support and maintenance.

He has been working with Zensar Technologies Limited as a Project Manager with experience using Agile-Scrum, Kanban in development, product development, managed services, R&D space.

Performed several roles. Agile coach, Scrum Master, Project Manager, Project lead, team lead, technical expert for different projects.

  • Playing key role in building Scrum master’s community and Agile COE.
  • Conducted different sessions on agile for organization
  • Helped quality teams conduct agile assessment audits
  • Define quality metrics for agile projects.
  • Implement Agile on pilot basis in Oracle application space.
  • Conduct interviews during walk-in drives
  • Acting as Agile Coach for offshore teams for SAFe ART (10 teams) teams.
  • Training the team members on Scrum.
  • Conduct Agile Assessment and readiness audits to help teams fill the gaps
  • Facilitated project planning, daily stand-up meetings, reviews, retrospectives, sprint and release planning, demos and other Scrum-related meetings
  • Coach the teams on agile best practices
  • Educate scrum masters on metrics- how it can help do prediction on team progress
  • Track metrics for projects- Velocity, burn down, scope changes, etc. using RallyDev ALM tool
  • Create and analyze reports on track status, issues and risks and report the major risks and issues to the Project leadership
  • Promotes the value of agile project processes and establishes them on the project
  • Created agile execution plan, checklists, and promoting DOD, DOR
  • Actively participating in Agile gatherings, conferences across India.

Handled critical projects in domains like: Utility Domain, Mutual Funds, Medical Equipment (CT scan) Applications, and Design Tools.


Work experience

Zensar Technologioes Ltd, Scrum Master
September 2011 - Present, Pune, Maharashtra, IN
Guiding team on implementing SAFe at team levels along with transformation to Agile-Scrum methodology. Mentoring the teams on scrum, guiding on scrum ceremonies, etc. Actively managing/ helping the projects on different agile metrics and its importance to the teams/ PO. Acted as Scrum Master for projects.Scrum principles/ values to team. Manage requirements in consultation with PO, Plan Schedules, releases, remove impediments. As a member of Agile COE, organizing Scrum Master's meet every month in Zensar to share experiences on different projects, events/ conferences attended. Presented my learning from different events to the CSM's (India, South Africa). Train members from Zensar on Agile. Almost 200+ Members are trained on Agile Overview. Participated in Agile Audits.

Patni Computer Systems Ltd, Senior Project Lead/Scrum Master
July 2006 - September 2011, Pune, Maharashtra, IN
Projects Handled: Scheduler, V16. Development, SyncShot, WindowsNativeV4.5 HHC PhaseShift, Rawdata Ph1&Ph2, PIT My Role included: Agile Project Management- Scheduling, release plans, risk planning Conducting sprint planning, sprint review and retrospectives. Generating different quality reports and presenting them to management. Implementing Patni-Plus, CMM-I level quality processes. Code Study, Design, and Resource allocation at team level. Participating in PMO meets, conducting Audits. Interacting with different teams Developing high performing teams, acting like mentor. Generating Technical Proposals, conducting TP awareness program. Project management, schedule development, etc. Participating in PMO meets, conducting Audits. Interacting with Teams. Planning for Common Releases.

Articles I've written

Zero-Defect Deliveries
In 2007, when I was introduced to the concept of eXtreme Programming (XP), our team was ultimately able to achieve zero-defect deliveries. When I think about what enabled us to achieve this, I can offer the following thoughts.

What Is the Relationship Between Story Points and Task Effort in Hours?
Whenever I conduct training for new teams, most of the senior members/managers ask me numerous questions about story points and hours of effort. Here are some of the experiences I've run into, and answers I've developed.

Agile Is Not Only About ALM Tools
I recently worked with teams who had all received at least basic Agile training. However, once they started working on sprints, I found that they were more concerned about application life cycle management (ALM) tools than about following Agile methods. 

Signs of a Waterfalling ScrumMaster
Based on my Agile coaching experience and observations, some typical ScrumMaster behaviors cause Agile projects to revert to the Waterfall model or go into Scrum-But mode. Here are behaviors to guard against.

Avoiding Student Syndrome in Sprints
Scrum teams tend to start enthusiastically with two-week sprints. Soon, though, they often start complaining about lack of time. Here are some questions teams can ask themselves so they can make informed decisions about whether to increase their sprint lengths.

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