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Bala Lakshminarayan


Chief Agile Coach, Xerox, Inc

Location: CA


Certified Scrum Professional
Certified ScrumMaster



My name is Bala Lakshminarayan. I have a B.S Degree in Mechanical Engineeting (Honors) from Guindy Engineering, India, and a M.S Degree in Mechanical Engineeting from Ohio University. I have 14 years of experience in Software Quality Engineering, Build/Release, and 6 years of experience as a Scrum Master and Agile Coach.

  • Experienced Agile Coach, Scrum master and an Engineering professional with strengths in Portfolio, Program and Team level management.
  • Conducted Enterprise wide hands-on coaching for multiple cross-functional distributed teams on Agile framework and all aspects of Scrum, Kanban, Scrumban and XP.
  • Helped teams become high performing by leading by example, and demonstrating effective agile techniques to technical team members, Scrum Masters, Product Owners, functional manager and their executives
  • Delivered many classroom format training for teams on Agile, Scrum Master and Product Owner skills.
  • Demonstrated Leadership skills in coaching cross-functional teams on technical subjects through business value based analysis for “Agile Adoption”.
  • Excellent communication and partnership skills influencing key stakeholders and customers across organization.
  • Designed and Delivered Agile Rollout plans for successful adoption.
  • Certified Scrum Master (Advanced Scrum +), SAFe Certified Consultant (SA).  Certified SA
  • 14 years of experience in testing, building and managing QA teams, both Onshore/Offshore, globally distributed (up to 34 + QA engineers) in well-known silicon valley companies. As a “hands on’ technical QA director, built automation frame works  (QTP, Selenium), and Load testing (Loadrunner) and other commercial and open source QA tools.

Articles I've written

An Agile Process for User Acceptance Testing
As a ScrumMaster, I observed that while the QA team in my prior company was working hard and focused on testing and automation, we were observing significant customer-reported issues. Even though product managers and other subject-matter experts (SME's) were also testing the product, their efforts were largely uncoordinated.


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