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Ariel Dragan


Director, Agile Practice, NTT Data

Location: Chapel Hill, NC


Certified Scrum Professional
Certified ScrumMaster
Certified Scrum Product Owner



  • Passionate about holistic Agile Transformation of medium and large IT organizations
  • Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) 4.0 client practice leader, coach, trainer, and scrum master
  • 25 years experience in Agile/Lean development, leadership, strategic management, business development, IT and marketing, from which 17 years in IT Agile and project/program management, architecture and development of large systems in Healthcare, Retail, Insurance, and Software Development (St. Joseph Hospital, Cisco, Johnson & Johnson, Audi, Blue Cross Blue Shield, WellPoint, Regency, AT&T, Macy’s, Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Sun Microsystems, CGI, ING, IBM, Warner Bros.)
  • Awarded for Agile Excellence by client
  • Leader in implementing SAFe/Agile/Scrum/Kanban, Lean Development, RUP, and classic waterfall SDLC

Work experience

NTT Data, Director, Agile Practice
May 2012 - Present, Chapel Hill, NC, US
# Lead Agile/SAFe transformation engagements for clients like CISCO, Blue Cross Blue Shield, St. Joseph Hospital Network, including assessments, gap analysis, Agile roadmaps design and implementation # Lead global SAFe 4.0 and Agile training and certifications, in class and online # Enterprise Agile/SAFe Coaching # Support SAFe/Agile proposals, sales, and implementations for CISCO, Johnson & Johnson, Honda, BCBSNC, SE2, MWRA, Merck, NC DOT, BMW, NLG, Fannie May, Unum # Led the NTT Agile Practice for NCTIO (a $1 billion Agile Transformation program) – 60 Agile teams # Created and led client Agile Community of Practice # Provided thought leadership, coaching, strategic planning and tactical advice to client leadership # Mentored and guided NTT Data scrum masters, product owners, and team members # Successfully and consistently advised the client in Agile, leadership, strategic and tactical improvements # Resource management and mentoring for both Agile and classic project management # Created strategic optimization plans, based on Agile enablement, motivation, and accountability, driving a corporate cultural shift towards lean development, performance, collaboration, and rapid time-to-market

Alto Strategy Consulting, Scrum Master/Agile Coach
April 2011 - June 2012, Atlanta, GA, US
• Introduced Agile/Scrum to various clients and set up the bases for Agile Transformation • Facilitated and coached the Agile teams through all Scrum ceremonies • Facilitated teams to create user stories and coached the product owner to create and maintain the product backlog • Maintained Sprint and Release backlogs and burn-down charts • Mentored and coached the team members to reach their true Agile potential by increasing trust, collaboration, transparency, motivation and accountability


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