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Ahmed Sorour

  

CTO, Revamp Consulting

Location: Minneapolis, MN, USA


Certifications

Certified Scrum Professional
Certified Scrum Developer
Certified ScrumMaster
Certified Scrum Product Owner

Credentials

Biography

IT Consultant with a successful track record consulting on strategic and execution levels. Scrum Expert/Tech Lead with 18 years of software development/configuration management experience for Insurance, Financial, Health Care, Real Estate, Publishing and Engineering (small-size to Fortune 500) firms. Proven ability to solve problems, assess technical capabilities, conduct strategic planning, IT audits, define and improve development process, build/train/motivate/manage/mentor distributed agile teams, and manage projects. Strong business acumen, advanced business education advanced business and deep diversified technical experience help cultivate agile concepts among executive and senior management as well as technical teams. 

Work experience

Mayo Clinic, Agile Dev Coach
March 2014 - Present, Rochester, MN, US
• Work with five teams; coaching/mentoring developers to use TFS and adopt agile methodologies. • Advise teams and managers on Agile/Scrum best practices, reporting, planning and mentorship transitioning the team from Storm to Norm and eventually to the Perform level. • Member of the enterprise ALM committee; assess and recommend tools for Continuous Integration/Deployment, and Release management. • Help/Coach teams adopt SDLC/ALM best practices. • Administer TFS build controllers. • Create Continuous Integration/Deployment build scripts for .NET, Java and MEAN stack solutions/ web services. • Coach, train and mentor developers as take ownership of build scripts. • Coach, train and mentor DBAs on DB design/development best practices and to take ownership of DB CI/CD builds. • Lead the configurations and releases management effort. • Coach, train and mentor the release manager on release management best practices and tools. • Work with QA teams on assessing MS Test Manager (MTM) and comparing it with HP QC and QTP. • Work with the Elastic Search team to implement continuous Integration and Deployment strategies.

Thomson Reuters, Integration Architect
April 2012 - January 2014, Eagan, MN, US
• Was the backup Scrum Master. Ran Scrum meetings etc... • As a member of the Proof Of Concepts team; test and validate new technologies; start new projects; architect/design and integrate the new system until the handover to the new product owners. A couple of examples of technologies researched are semantic engines such as Apache Stanbol and Hadoop. • Refactored Java spring web services spinning features to new web services for scalability and maintenance. Handed over new projects to and worked with designated teams until the first internal release. • Working across multiple verticals/stacks to integrate content into the new WestlawNext.com website. • Propose/present architectural/design/refactoring changes into large data/content publishing suite of systems. • Advise the team on Agile/Scrum best practices, reporting, planning and mentorship transitioning the team from Norm to the Perform level. • Performed code reviews.

3M, Team Lead
January 2011 - March 2012, Saint Paul, Minnesota, US
• Advises 3M Digital Marketing System® team on architecture and design for the distributed digital marketing/content management solution for the brick-and-mortar industries. • Leads one of the hybrid/distributed development teams playing the team delivery manager/Scrum Master role. Advices other teams on Agile/Scrum practices. • Set code standards, perform code reviews and define SDLC processes. • Develops middle tier components and web services. • Technology: (C#, .NET 4, WCF, XML, XAML, Visual Studio 10, TFS, SQL Server 2008).

Medtronic, Sr Mobility Consultant
August 2010 - December 2010, Minneapolis, Minnesota, US
• Worked in Scrum environment on the ITR iFactr®-based cross-platform RESTful Medtronic mStar® system, an agent sales and device registration tool that runs natively on iPhone/iPad, Droid phones, mobile web, Windows and Web. • Participated in the cross-platform mobile architecture. Built RESTful web Services. • Technology: (C#, .NET 3.5, WCF, LINQ, XML, XAML, Visual Studio 10, Mono Touch/MonoDevelop, Devart Entity Developer, Oracle, Toad, Subversion, NUnit, Windows 7 and Mac OSx).

Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Consultant/Agile Advisor
May 2010 - August 2010, Minneapolis, Minnesota, US
• Consulted the ScrumMaster and the scrum-self-taught team as they transition to Scrum. Provided input and advice around the SDLC process. • MVP architecture and development on multiple projects including but not limited to Policy Messenger website. The system informs clients and travel agents with any violations to their travel policy. • Technology: (C#, ASP.NET, .NET 4.0, XML/XSD, LINQ, SQL Server 8, T-SQL, Oracle PL-SQL, Visual Studio 10, Subversion, NUnit, NCover, MSBuild, Telerik controls).

RCIS, Wells Fargo company, Sr. Consultant/Information Architect/Agile Agent
May 2008 - May 2010, Minneapolis, Minnesota, US
• Provided input and advice for the in-house agile boot camp team. Help prepare training material and practice sessions. • Mentored pilot-team members as they adopt Agile. Seed other team with seasoned members to cultivate and promote the agile culture. • Worked with business analysts to review and assess business requirements. • Helped planning releases and iterations defining stories, tasks and estimates. • Designed and implemented the charting module of RCIS’ intuitive quoting system. The state-of-the-art quoting system increase agents’ sales power allowing RCIS to maintain its position as the nation-wide leader in the crop insurance industry. • Worked with the Usability group to run usability experiments and improve customer experience. Integrated NUnit tests into the automated build process. (MVP, OOD, SOA, UML, web services, Winforms, VB.NET, XML/XSD, SQL Server 5, T-SQL, Visual Studio 8, SourceSafe, NUnit, NCover, Ant, Visustin, FxCop, TFS, Infragestic charts/controls) • Prototyped proof of concepts as part of the initial proposal to the business team. • Performed architecture and code reviews, performance analysis and optimization. • Helped define the proper matrixes to benchmark development progress.

 

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