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Ajit Singh Arora

  

Agile Coach, Accenture

Location: Bangalore


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Certified ScrumMaster

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Agile Bangalore

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AJIT ARORA

Mobile: 09810248737; Res.: +91-11-22613045; E-Mail: sendtoajit@gmail.com

 

A leader with a vision to bring in great difference and excellence in the organization there by multiplying business/value to achieve greater heights.

PROFILE SUMMARY

  • A dynamic professional with 14+ years of experience in Project & Web Applications Management & Software Development using Agile & Scrum Methodologies in multiple industries; inclusive of 4 years of entrepreneurial experience.
  • Holds the credit of working with international clients like Fuji Xerox Singapore Pte Ltd., Singapore & Emirates Trading Agency (ETA), Dubai.
  • Keen planner, strategist & implementer with expertise in managing global delivery frameworks and new technology implementation projects for streamlining related activities as per quality standards.
  • Efficient in mapping requirements of clients as well as different Service Providers, Managers, Vendors, Consultants, Contractors and other multiple Stakeholders.
  • Team leader with excellent analytical, problem solving and client servicing skills.
  • Experienced in leading business activities across pre-sales, sales, online marketing and service delivery functions.

 

CORE COMPETENCIES

Agile & Scrum Methodologies                          Project Management                                           UI & Responsive Web Design

Strategic Planning                                               Enterprise Architecture                                     Business Analysis/ Automation

MVC Architecture                                                Training & Development                                   Product Development

 

ORGANISATIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

Agile Coach with Accenture, Delhi/Bangalore: Sep’14 Till Date

  • Implemented SAFe framework in a large project with 450+ resources.
  • Involved in creation of program backlog.
  • Assist RTEs in conductions SoS (Scrum of Scrums).
  • Coach RTEs on tracking risks and impediments for the teams.
  • “Socialize” agile throughout large projects and organization.
  • Assess and help with problems at team, management and executive level.
  • Help people:
    • Understand the purpose of empirical process.
    • See the benefits agile/scrum can yield.
    • Learn and understand not only what to do but why to do.
    • Focus on real and not hypothetical situations.
    • Learn the art of trade-off.
    • Understand which parts of scrum process are required and which are optional.
    • Learn and adapt various parts of scrum
  • Encouraged & empowered the team and provided diverse opportunities for the team to play the roles based on competency irrespective of number of years of experience.
  • Observing agile teams that are having problems and giving suggestions for improvements.
  • Mentoring and coaching scrum masters.
  • Taking over the role of a scrum master on troubled team.
  • Guiding teams on proper and correct way of doing sprint planning, daily stand up.
  • Help teams understand the relevance of demo and retrospective meetings.

 

Scrum Master with UST Global, Trivandrum/Bangalore: April’13-Aug’14

 

  • Scrum Master/Agile Coach- Training and Implementation of Scrum in team(s).
  • Successful delivery of 1,50,000 hours of project in 10 months handling team of 125 resources using onsite-offshore delivery model.
  • Interfaced with onsite team leads/PMs to plan and execute projects and ensured that teams have appropriate product and technical specifications, direction & resources to deliver products effectively by establishing realistic estimates for timeliness
  • Defining best practices, design, build & support UI for customer facing applications.
  • Collaborate with Business Analysts and UX designers to convert functional and UI requirements into user interface components such as wire frames, mock-ups etc.
  • Conceptualize, present and articulate complex solutions features and benefits, advanced concepts, future direction and overall solutions to customers and partners.
  • Successfully evolved the existing Software System Applications and Architecture in various areas as needed
  • Maintain an organized system of clearly communicated documentation for processes.
  • Managed very large project with peak team size of 102 (>100,000 hrs project with $7.5 Million budget). HIX Shopper Portal is one of the biggest project implemented successfully in WellPoint SBG division
  • Managed full project lifecycles starting from requirement development to final delivery in Iterative/Adaptive (Agile) approach.
  • Encouraged & empowered the team and provided diverse opportunities for the team to play the roles based on competency irrespective of number of years of experience.
  • Created a Productive work Environment to ensure employee satisfaction and to keep the Attrition rate in control.
  • Strong working knowledge in Java/J2EE, design principles and software architecture.

    Job Responsibilities-

 

  • Resource assessment / Screening
  • Responsible for end to end deliveries of Web/Portal Technology projects, including Scoping, Estimation, Planning Execution; etc. on-time & as per expected quality to customer.
  • Reviewing estimations, schedule/project plan and technical design specifications. Involved in PM & SDLC activities – Req. & Analysis, Planning & Execution, Estimation, Risk & Escalation Management etc.
  • Organizing and facilitating regular scrum meetings including daily stand-ups, sprint and release planning sessions, retrospectives, demonstrations, and other project planning and issue resolution meetings as required.
  • Helping the team to reach consensus for what can be achieved during a specific period of time, to stay focused and ensure team follows the agreed-upon rules for daily scrums.
  • Removing obstacles that are impeding the team's progress.
  • Networking with the project team and conducting periodic project progress review meetings to ensure effective delivery of project solutions in line with time and quality parameters.
  • Keep project leadership apprised of Sprint and Release progress, and Identify, raise and drive closure of issues and risks
  • Improving transparency on team progress through burn down charts, velocity reporting and sprint and release progress.
  • Coaching teams in effective use in ongoing adoption of agile principles and practices. 
  • Directed the employees to ensure highest standard of quality so that the organization meets both internal and external requirements
  • Ensured that all the quality standards are met by all departments, by making them understand the importance of maintaining quality standards
  • Resource Handling, Team building & Employee Satisfaction

 

UI/UX Architect / Scrum Master with Tecnotree Convergence Ltd., Bangalore: Jan’11-Feb’13

 

Accomplishments:

  • Serving as Scrum Master for product development
  • Played a pivotal role in implementing Scrum & Agile Methodologies
  • Interfaced with team leads to plan and execute projects and ensured that teams have appropriate product and technical specifications, direction & resources to deliver products effectively by establishing realistic estimates for timeliness
  • Tracked and reported the status of projects on various teams
  • Functioned as a gateway through to assign the work to appropriate teams, thereby ensuring that project scope is adequately defined. Assist business users in the development of business requirement documentations
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities to the commercial clients with the deployment of software enhancements and fixes that were coordinated based on release schedules
  • Essayed a stellar role in providing software plan that met the future needs of the commercial clients on technical challenges of industry demands
  • Successfully evolved the existing Software System Applications and Architecture in various areas as needed
  • Conducted training on Agile Methodologies to optimize the performance levels and career development of the employees
  • Analysing existing business processes and IT solutions and providing consulting on business process changes/technology enhancements
  • Excellently designed IT Solutions (GUI, Back End, Architecture) for various verticals and products.
  • Active member of Subject Matter Expertise (SME) Panel to analyze the feasibility of the solution being implemented at various levels
  • Work with implementation team to ensure alignment of project/product documentation and training materials with software development.

 

Technical Manager with RefreshIdeas, Delhi/NCR: Jan’09 – Jan’11

 

Key Projects Handled:

Client:                                    FujiXerox Singapore Pte Ltd., Singapore

Duration:                               6 months

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Instrumental in project planning & resource scheduling
  • Managed housekeeping activities pertaining to DB and Internal Applications of the client company
  • Attended training, meetings, conferences or other client or corporate based events, as required
  • Handled solution delivery planning and delivered effective support/sustenance activities planning and scheduling

 

Client:                                    Central Electricity Authority (CEA), Central Government, Government of India, India

Duration:                               4 months

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Spearheaded a Panel of 10 committee members as Lead Technical Consultant
  • Held responsible for development & launch of exclusive job portal for Ministry of Power, Government of India to tap talent across various engineering colleges & educational institutions throughout India

 

 

Project Manager/ Senior Business Analyst (IT) with Headstart Process Consulting Pvt. Ltd., Delhi/NCR: Apr’06 – Dec’08

 

Highlights:

  • Efficiently delivered mid-scale projects on time and within budget.
  • Served as a bridge between the technical team and client
  • Successfully interpreted client’s requirements and transformed them to technical specifications
  • Successfully defining scope of work to technical team
  • Developed and delivered presentations to clients
  • Successfully associated various corporate clients such as Net4India, Spectranet & Shyam Telecom
  • Planning and defining scope
  • Resource planning
  • Activity planning and sequencing, developing schedules
  • Define quality control processes
  • Risk Analysis & Mitigation
  • Documenting MOMs, scope and writing test cases with test team

 

Client:                                    Emirates Trading Agency (ETA), Dubai

Duration:                               6 months

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Process Automation Consultant by Dubai based largest M&E Engineering Group ETA (Emirates Trading Agency) for automation of their Material Requisition, Invoice Generation and Bill Generation Processes.
  • Derived complete process and system for the following operations:
    • Codification of more than 65,000 products which can be used in their ERP System
    • Common process to place order for material requisition to central store from multiple site & store locations in UAE
    • Defined process and new user-friendly formats for invoices, request forms, etc.

 

 

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE

Technical Head with Matrix Dot Com Pvt. Ltd., Delhi/NCR: Feb’00 – Oct’01

  • Guest Lecturer for Core Java/Advance Java with College of Business Studies (Delhi University) for 3 Months

 

Software Developer/Corporate Trainer with YKMM Pvt. Ltd., Delhi/NCR: Jan’99 – Jan’00

 

ENTREPRENEURIAL ASSIGNMENTS

Entrepreneur/Partner with Numen Software Solutions Pvt. Ltd., Delhi/NCR: Jan’02 –Jan’06

Major Clients Handled: McDonald's India, Valvoline Cummins Ltd., Ashland, Spectranet and PepsiCo.

 

  • Excellently defined marketing strategies, innovative ways to motivate workforce and new work strategies to assist the company in achieving excellent results.
  • Production of Functional Specification documentation.
  • Facilitation and co-ordination of IT Estimates.
  • Requirements gathering for new / custom software solutions via stakeholder meetings and interviews.
  •  Undertake Business Requirement definition and associated documentation working alongside key business representatives.
  • Deftly produced more than 60 projects in different domains including Finance, E-Commerce, E-Learning, Portals, Corporate Presentations, Corporate Websites, SEM & SEO.

 

DOMAIN SKILLS

Web 2.0 / RIA                      jQuery / jQuery UI                              Java/J2EE & PHP Open Source         Oracle/MySql/SQL

SOA                                        Web Services/SOAP/RESTful          Application Servers            JDBC/Hibernate

MVC Frameworks (Struts/Spring/Zend)                       Angular JS                             Advance Javascript             RWD     

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Certified Scrum Master (CSM)-2011
  • Certified SAFe Agilist-2014
  • MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional) in 2001

 

PERSONAL DETAILS

Date of Birth:                        2nd March, 1979

Permanent Address:           216, Gobind Apartments, Vasundhra Enclave, Delhi-110096, India

Languages Known:              English / Hindi / Punjabi

Location Preference:           Any

Passport Number:               K0442453

Passport Expiry Date:        28th Dec, 2021

 

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