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Balasubramanian Swaminathan PMP PMI-ACP CSM CSP SA SPC4.0

  

Enterprise Agile Coach and Leader, GE Healthcare

Location: San Ramon, CA


Certifications

Certified Scrum Professional
Certified ScrumMaster

Credentials

Biography

Balasubramanian Swaminathan is a Lean Agile Leader who contributes in various challenging leadership and team roles that involves innovation and technology for over 20 plus years of global industry experience (Europe, US and India).

Bala’s motivation is to help organization achieve their desirable customer outcomes through their innovative products and services touching human life. He is excited to be part of the product and services development initiatives by applying lean and agile principles, actively finding ways to reduce waste and improve flow for all initiatives within organization and focus on customer outcomes.

Bala has contributed in various key cross-functional leadership roles – Senior Enterprise Agile Leader and Coach, Senior Director - Agile Coaching Office, Chief Product Owner, Chief Scrum Master, Sr. Agile Program Manager, Chief Manager (Product Support Management, new product roll-out), Technical Program Manager (PMO), Technical Project Manager (PMO), Engineering and R&D Manager (Product Life Cycle Management), Staff Software Engineer (other software roles).

Bala is a SPC4.0 (SAFe Program Consultant), SA (SAFe Agilist), PMI-ACP (PMI Agile Certified Practitioner), CSP (Certified Scrum Professional), CSM (Certified Scrum Master), XP (Extreme Programming), KANBAN from LKU (Lean Kanban University), PMP (Project Management Professional) from PMI. He is also certified by UC Berkeley Extension in Agile Management, Project Management, and Project Human Resource Management.

Bala holds an under-graduate degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering (Bachelor of Technology) in one of the premier institutes in India – National Institute of Technology (NIT) and also holds a post-graduation in Marketing and Management.

Bala currently works as an Senior Enterprise Agile Leader and Coach at GE. He is also currently employed at UC Berkeley Extension as an Adjunct Instructor in Business Management (Teaching courses related to Agile and Project Management).

Work experience

GE Healthcare, Enterprise Agile Coach and Leader
January 2016 - Present, , US
• Promoting a whole-business transformation, with rapid iteration, feedback, and relentless focus on fast validation of key business case assumptions • Drive approaches as described in The Lean Startup, Startup Owner’s Manual, Startup Playbook, and Business Model Generation (canvas) • Scrum for team organization and project management scaling up to scrum-of-scrums, release trains, and portfolio planning following the Scaled Agile Framework model (SAFe 3.0 & 4.0) • Complementary technical practices from Extreme Programming (XP) including continuous integration (CI/CD), test-driven development (BDD/TDD), pairing, open team environments, visualization of work, & team morale • Lean concepts, including defining value, value stream mapping, identifying waste, flow, pull, Kanban, and continuous improvement through limiting WIP and stop-the-line RCA • Provide training for teams and individuals, from basic scrum team workshops to SAFe 3.0 & 4.0 release-train workshops to more specialized training on specific practices • Motivate teams to adopt practices by showing problems with the status quo, explaining the benefits of new practices and principles, and understanding and overcoming perceived obstacles to adoption. Help teams form new work habits with hands-on coaching and feedback • Acquire a world-class depth of expertise in Lean Startup ideas, Scrum, Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe 3.0 & 4.0), XP, and Lean through self-study, conferences, and bench marking experts and organizations. Share knowledge across the organization by fostering communities of practice • Help teams identify and resolve constraints and impediments so they can improve • Promote appropriate metrics to demonstrate that good practices are taking hold

UC Berkeley Extension, Adjunct Instructor (Agile Management)
September 2013 - Present, Berkeley, California, United States

Teaching/Coaching Agile Management courses to IT, Software and other professionals interested in learning Agile Management and Leadership topics during weekday nights (3 hours) and/or weekends (8 hours) in UC Berkeley Extension campus.

VISA, Enterprise Agile Transformation Leader and Coach / Senior Director, Coaching Office -Global Products
May 2015 - November 2016, , US
Provide leadership role in the agile transformation efforts of Global Product teams • Ability to train, coach, and mentor multiple technology and business teams as an enterprise agile coach and technical coach • Deep experience in coaching multiple / globally distributed teams in Agile Scrum, XP and Kanban • Assist multiple business teams (product owner) to create product vision and roadmap • Assist multiple business teams (product owner) to create product backlog through user story workshop • Create materials and conduct training: Agile Management, Scrum, XP, Kanban, Role based training (Agile Manager, Scrum Master, Product Owner and Delivery Team) • Support and assist multiple teams (product owner) in release planning events • Influence and guide several teams within global products to use best Agile technical practices - Continuous Integration, Automated Test Development, Agile Architecture runway, Pair Programming, Test Driven Development, Refactoring • Hands on experience with Rally, Jira/Confluence, TFS and other agile tools • Strong presentation and communication skills with ability to influence change at management and executive levels • Facilitate and conduct community events (Agile brown bag sessions, Tech Talks, Agile coaching hours support, Best practices among Scrum Masters) • Interact with several senior executive leaders and help them bring their teams to agile transformation program • Create agile metrics for measuring progress in the transformation program • Create agile skill badge system to measure transformation progress • Act as a product owner within the agile transformation program to assist other agile coaches and help the sponsor steer the strategic direction of the transformation program

CPP Inc., Enterprise Agile Coach (Program Manager)
January 2013 - June 2015, Mt View, California, US
• Employ, support and improve CPP Inc.– PMO policies, corporate strategies and governance models • Contribute to the development and maintenance of best practices to continually improve PMO effectiveness in CPP, delivering strategically effective program results • Provide program management services across CPP Inc. as required in roles as an agile coach, functional role model, and as practitioner managing enterprise level programs consisting of multiple projects of varying complexity addressing diverse business objectives and processes • Ensure coordinated program releases in accordance with corporate strategies, priorities and established schedules, budgets and scope • Responsible for providing direct program management for assigned, including cross-functional programs and projects originating in research and product development, international sales, domestic sales, operations, finance and accounting, and others designed to meet top customer and or corporate needs • Ability to train, coach, and mentor several cross functional teams in Agile Scrum, XP and Kanban • Assist multiple business teams (product owner) to create product vision and roadmap • Assist multiple business teams (product owner) to create product backlog through user story workshop • Support and assist multiple teams (product owner) in release planning events • Hands on experience with VersionOne, KanbanTool, TFS, Roadmunk and several other agile tools • Strong presentation and communication skills with ability to influence change at management and executive levels

Siemens Medical Solutions USA Inc., Sr. Project Manager (Agile - Product Owner)
January 2012 - January 2013, Concord, California, United States

Radiation Oncology: Device Control System Software Development (Product Owner)

Performed analysis of customer installed base sites that have older Hand Control, Motor Control, Treatment Table, Multi-Leaf Collimator hardware/firmware/software. Prepared the cost-benefit analysis of older and new Hand Control, Motor Control, Treatment Table, Multi-leaf Collimator device solution and submitted a report to the sponsor for project approval (agile project chartering activities; setting the vision, mission, mission steps, system interaction diagram, cost benefit analysis).

Based on the project approval/Project Charter, Agile team (Scrum Team) started the project related activities by performing Sprint analysis/planning of customer requirements. Prepared the iterative SW and firmware design concepts (software and firmware); initiated development, integration test, and system test and produced test report and tracing report. Scrum team demonstrated the initial product increment and got the sponsor/customer approval. Review/plan for new changes/features to be added in next sprint of the project along with the team. Features are maintained by the Product Owner in the Product backlog. All product backlog items are prioritized based on internal/external customer feedback. As an agile PM, supported the entire process of understanding customer/stakeholders need, prioritizing them based on internal/external stakeholder needs, product backlog prioritization, pre-grooming user-stories, grooming w/ sprint team, sprint planning activities, help the scrum team to understand the user-story acceptance criterias, negotiating the acceptance criteria w/ scrum team, collaborated with internal customers to provide clarity in user-stories to scrum team, interfacing with scrum master on burn down charts, sprint velocity, the sprint report; facilitated/coached the team to follow scrum principles (Agile Methodology) along with scrum master.

Scrum team repeated the above agile approach for the entire duration of this project. Duration of each sprint is 4 weeks.

Agile Process followed: Scrum Methodology, Sprint Planning Meeting, Release Planning meeting, Agile roadmap for the entire project, Status/Stand-up meeting, Agile Demo, and Sprint retrospective. Scrum team comprised of following members: Agile PM (Scrum Master), Agile Coach and Product Owner (representing internal/external stakeholders). As the team was spread over different continents, Product owner along w/ scrum master performed "Scrum of Scrum" to oversee any integration issues; "Retrospective of Retrospective" to share the learnings across the different teams.

 

 

Siemens Medical Solutions USA Inc., Sr. Project Manager (Agile Product Owner)
May 2010 - December 2011, Concord, California, United States

 

Radiation Oncology–Handling CAPA (Corrective and Prevention Action), Customer critical Software/Firmware Complaints and Software solutions (Product Owner):

Scrum team (Product owner) performed analysis of customer complaints that are part of few CAPA (Corrective and Preventive Action) initiatives. Agile team (scrum development team) identified the components involved and performed risk analysis and classified the risk category (safety, performance and refinement) of the complaints.

During the scrum review/planning process: Scrum team started iterative analysis/planning of components involved; performed code review of the affected components; performed impact analysis for changes that are required; performed code fix, integration test; system integration test (at customer sites) released the SW patch to the affected customer sites with updated user docs. As an agile PM, supported the entire process of understanding customer issues, prioritizing them based on internal/external stakeholder needs, product backlog prioritization, pre-grooming user-stories, grooming w/ sprint team, sprint planning activities, help the scrum team to understand the user-story acceptance criterias, collaborated with internal customers to provide clarity in user-stories to scrum team, interfacing with scrum master on burn down charts, sprint velocity, the sprint report; facilitated/coached the team to follow scrum principles (Agile Methodology) along with scrum master.

Scrum team repeated the above iterative approach to handle the entire set of CAPA. Duration of each sprint cycle is 4 weeks.

Agile Process followed: Scrum Methodology, Sprint Planning Meeting, Release Planning meeting, Agile roadmap for the entire project, Status/Stand-up meeting, Agile Demo, and Sprint retrospective. Scrum team comprised of 5 team members, Agile PM (Scrum Master), Agile Coach and Product Owner (representing internal/external stakeholders). As the team was spread over different continents the team performed "Scrum of Scrum" to oversee any integration issues; "Retrospective of Retrospective" to share the learnings across the different teams.

 

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