Ajay Kabra
Principal Consultant at QAI India Ltd.
Mumbai, India

Biography

Ajay Kabra

PROCESS EXCELLENCE & QUALITY / SOFTWARE CONSULTING/PROJECT MANAGEMENT -

Over 22 years of impressive experience in project delivery, implementation of software systems & quality processes 

  • Seasoned, technically inclined and highly empowered professional with incredible experience acquired over the years in diverse areas encompassing, agile scrum, test management, project management, end-to-end business delivery, Pre-sales, executing & implementing high valued projects for niche customers and emerging technology in various industry verticals spanning Defense, Banking, Telecom, Systems Integration, IT/ITES
  • Extensive experience in the implementation of Agile Scrum practices, Tetsing practices, CMM, CMMi & Agile, PMP, PRINCE2  based consultancy support, new IP/ Product development, setting-up testing centers in offshore locations, client relationship management and business development
  • Proven ability to present solution strategy, testing capabilities and service offerings to the clients & various high level dignitaries; participate in technical discussion, bidding activities, responding to RFPs/ RFQs and developing project proposals,
  • Solutions oriented with progressive experience & professional competencies in Need Assessment, Business Process understanding, Requirement Mapping, Application Development, Testing, Procedure Development, Training, Business Process Re-engineering and Project Documentation
  • Incredibly hardworking and an assertive people manager with demonstrated capabilities in directing large workforce having varied skill sets and ensuring optimal resource utilization.
  • Responsible for liaising with clients, resource mobilization, project documentations and ensuring quality delivery. Demonstrates an extremely high level of accuracy and attention to detail. Possess keen business acumen in analyzing and understanding business requirements, customer-value maximization and developing new business processes.
  • Proactive and goal-oriented leader with established record of success in leading corporate technology initiatives; equipped with outstanding communication and motivational abilities to facilitate attainment of strategic goals and bottom line objectives

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS  

  • Meticulously managed large projects worth INR 25 Million - 2 Projects in Cairo, Egypt
  • Successfully leading the Agile Scrum Practice in QAI India, providing high end consulting for implementing Agile Scrum practices and developing new IP for Agile-Scrum methodologies
  • Successfully completed 69 formal appraisals across the global and continents for various organizations using SW CMM and CMMI as benchmarking reference models
  • Offered a variety of CMM, CMMI and Agile Scrum based consultancy and training services to a number of clients in USA, UK, Russia, Malaysia, Dubai, Korea, Japan, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, China, Egypt, Ukraine, UAE, Hong Kong, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Philippines, Turkey and India.
  • Managed large projects handling 5 customers in a single contract in Bangladesh and 40 customers in 2 contracts in Egypt - Role - As a Project Manager
  • Specialization in Non Model consulting - Focus on Business Process Improvement
  • Involved in Managing activities, people and budgets required to successfully complete projects for an On time, On Budget and On Scope
  • Demonstrate value-centered and performance-focused approach in achieving the results in demanding scenarios specialization in Non Model consulting and emphasize on Business Process Improvement
  • Accountable for Delivering profitable results across multiple business lines in QAI India Ltd
  • Actively involved in developing new IP for Agile-Scrum methodologies.
  • Serviced multiple fortune 500 companies with consulting, implementation support of process improvement, using standard industry benchmark frameworks like SW CMM, CMMI, ISO, Agile Scrum, Project Management and Six Sigma
  • Proven expertise in offering a variety of CMM, CMMI and Agile based consultancy and training services to a number of clients in USA, UK, Russia, Malaysia, Dubai, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, China, Egypt, Ukraine, UAE, Hong Kong, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia and India.
  • Successfully carried functions as an Independent Consultant with JP Morgan Chase based at their New York offices for a world wide support (Delaware, Houston, Glasgow, and London).
  • Mentored 2500+ professionals, and has conducted more than 50+ Public Workshops of SEI’s Official 3-day Introduction to CMMI workshop across the global. Has conducted a number of Corporate Trainings in area of Agile Test Management, Concepts of Testing, Testing using Metrics and Measurement, Estimation, Project Management, Risk Management and Structured Testing, Requirements Management, Metrics, Internal Audits, Agile Scrum, Statistical Control and Concepts, CMMI related High Maturity  trainings, etc.
  • Has assisted clients to set up testing centers in offshore locations as a line of business.

Educational Background and Certifications:

Pursuing Executive MBA from Bombay University

  1. 1st Semester Completed - Scored 77.1%,
  2. 2nd Semester Completed - Scored 80%,
  3. 3rd Semsster - Completed - Results Awaited , Expected in Late March 2012

 Pursuing Post Graduation Diploma in Operations Management from Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies - (Currently on – scheduled completion Dec 2013)

 Diploma in Software Quality Assurance from NMIMS, Bombay – 1997

Diploma in Computer Applications from NCC UK – 1989

Diploma in Computer Programming from Aptech – 1989

Professional Qualifications / Certifications

  • High Maturity Lead Appraiser for CMMI® for Development V1.2 (2001 – March 2010)
  • SEISM Authorized Instructor: Introduction to CMMI® for Development V1.3 (Since 2010 - Current)
  • SEISM Authorized Instructor: Introduction to CMMI® for Development V1.2 (Since 2002 - Nov 2011 - Model Sun-Setted)
  • Certified PMP, Project Management Institute (Since 2010)
  • Certified PRINCE2 Practitioner - APMG, UK (Since 2011)
  • Certified Scrum Master (Since 2010)
  • Certified PMP-ACP (Agile Certified Practioner), Project Management Institute - (Since Oct 2011)
  • Six Sigma Black Belt (Since 2007)
  • ITIL Foundation V2 Certified (Since 2008)
  • ITIL Foundation V3 Certified (Since 2010)
  • Certified Quality Assurance (CQA) (Since 1996)
  • Certified Software Test Engineer (CSTE) (Since 1997)
  • Certification in Total Quality Management (Since March 2011)
  • Certification in Business Continuity and Disaster planning (Since March 2011)
  • Certified Software Business Analyst (CSBA) (Since - March 2011)
  • Recognized Trainer for "Mastering Agile Scrum" Workshop of QAI India Ltd (only resource of QAI India)