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Ganapati Siddheshwar

  

Senior Manager, Cognizant Technology Solutions

Location: Bangalore


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GANAPATI SIDDHESHWAR

 gana111@gmail.com  +91 966 331 3528 Bangalore KA, India in.linkedin.com/in/gana111

 

Seasoned technology professional with strong leadership abilities gained through extensive experience with reputed organizations. Expertise in leading strategic & business critical projects, setting up first-of-a-kind development assignments, training and coaching diverse, multi-disciplinary, multi-location teams. Worked in the industry verticals spanning across, Energy, Healthcare, Retail, Telecom, Life Sciences and Analytics

Specialties: Product Development, Coaching, Mentoring, Classroom and Virtual Trainings, Consulting, Agile Assessment, Adoption, Transformation Process & Delivery Frameworks, Scrum, SAFe, Kanban, Continual Improvement, TDD, DevOps-tools, Project and Delivery Management

 

Summary

  • Worked across business units, collaborating with Product Management, Engineering and Services teams to define product roadmap, release and milestones
  • Built FOAK product development projects from the scratch the team, infrastructure and logistics
  • Advised and provided directions to the client-stakeholders on estimation, release/ capacity plans, backlog management for the complex development assignments
  • Agile transformation and implementation across the organization, developed plans and training materials for the teams
  • Mentored the teams on agile values, principles and best practices. Conducted the trainings for the teams through various channels
  • Tailored the delivery and process frameworks, defining the performance and quality parameters
  • Proficient in responding to RFPs, writing proposals
  • Core expertise in web/J2EE development projects, worked across different technologies and platforms
  • Well versed in project management activities – plan, scheduling, monitoring, tracking & reporting, addressing changes, risks, issues and concerns

Engineer with Master’s Degree, Certified Scrum Master, SAFe Agilist, Kanban KMP1, ICP Agile Coach

 

Professional Experience

  1. Working with Cognizant as a Senior Manager on a CognizantBusinessCloud based product development in Clinical Performance Management arena in Life Sciences domain– Jan’16
  • Brought in the cadence - aligned the product releases across the tracks bringing in the different stakeholders to consensus
  • Restructured the team of 60+ members across locations into cross-functional scrum teams - implemented Daikibo
  • Coached the teams on agile mindset, estimations and commitments, thereby building high performing teams, which was evidenced through the business metrics - sprint after the sprints
  • Worked across the product teams for defining, documenting the roadmap, release plan and validation plan
  • Working on the release and execution planning of the next version of the product, ensuring the continuous improvement
  1. Worked with a major Healthcare product team– May’15
  • As the scrum master of the SAFe-architect team, developed the architectural runway for the flagship product ‘Facets’, enhancing the performance of the core product by implementing Multi-engine processing for the batch jobs
  • Contributed to the design and development of the artifacts and processes as per the SAFe
  • Collaborated across the teams and RTEs for the release planning, backlog grooming and execution review in cadence with the release train

 

  1. With IBM India as a Smarter Commerce Project Manager; For a major Telecom client from Germany took up the agile assessment for the program – Jul’14
  • Came up with the transformation roadmap for the agile adoption
  • Conducted phased trainings to the teams through class room, virtual/ online sessions, and workshops
  • Mentored the scrum masters on agile practices for the successful agile adoption
  1. Lead the enhancement and support for the client – a product company in banking domain. – Jan’14
  • Established the ceremonies, estimation, review process for the teams spread across 3 locations
  • Defined DoD and DoR - delivering as per the acceptance criteria
  • Decision on ‘Spike’ sprints across the teams to achieve PoCs/ prototypes
  • Provided regular updates to the management on the adoption and state of agile implementation
  • Brought in the DevOps practices for build, test automation

Technologies:  Java, GWT, Maven, Spring, TeamCity, GitHub, JIRA

  1. Managed the support for e-commerce portal of a major retailer in UK, built on WCS V7 2012-13
  • Applied Kanban practices to manage the incidents, analyzed the value streams to optimize the flow. Ensured that the service levels are met
  • Developed SOPs, instructions on the repeatable processes
  • Lead the multi-location team, to migrate of client’s UK website from WCS V5 to V7
  • SPOC for the scheduled change requests, interacted with the delivery excellence team, managed all the risks, issues and concerns
  • Provided client, the business critical support during the major events called Mega weeks

Client has credited the team for helping the record sales increase of 131% on their site in 2012

  1. For a major logistics company from France, built from the scratch –a complex web development project on cargo scheduling and loading optimization. Feb’11
  • Advised the client/Product Owners - transitioning into agile model in terms of release planning, capacity planning, backlog grooming, team selection and setup
  • Setting up the Rational Team Concert for the team, Maven for CI and Sonar for code review
  • Addressed the challenges due to attrition, requirement changes and re-factoring

Technologies: Oracle ADF, RTC, RQM, Maven, SVN, SONAR and JDeveloper

  1. Kick-started a FOAK project for an audit-analytics product company from Canada - Sep 2010
  • Prepared SoW, wrote the MoU, managed the project transition for onsite and offshore resources. Brought the project into steady state within 3 months
  • Responsible for overall management/delivery of development and enhancement for the range of product suites, built on Open Source softwares
  • Managed the multi-disciplinary scrum of scrum teams. Inculcated the practices on knowledge management and agile development for the team, leveraging upon IBM's wiki and VersionOne
  • Established the delivery and process frameworks, mapping IBM's processes with client's practices

Conditions of Satisfaction from the client has rated the project as “Exceeding expectations”

Technologies: Java, Spring, GWT, Ajax, JSP, JavaScript, EJB 3.0, PostGresSQL, Oracle; with Eclipse IDE, deployed on Apache Geronimo; Clearcase and ClearQuest; VersionOne

  1. Lead the development of a strategic and business critical product as the Scrum Master for a major Healthcare PBM company in the US – 2005 - 2008
  • Transformed the project from SDLC to agile. By the target release, the project could complete 120% of the baselined requirements; with 40% lesser effort
  • Played a key role in growing the project team size at offshore from 6 to 20, also winning the production and non-production support from the client
  • Implemented Continuous Integration and Delivery; worked as the Build Master

Honored with CIO Excellence Award from the client

Technologies: Java, Spring, XML, XSL, JSP, Ajax, JavaScript, industry specific domain models, MQ, DB2, Copy books; RAD6 IDE, Citrix VM; WAS6 Apache Ant, JMeter and JUnit; Harvest, ClearQuest

Other Accomplishments

  • Defined the processes for a product development in clinical metadata management
  • Competency development activities, contributed to client visits, floor walks and project demos
  • Recognized as an SME for product reviews
  • Developed RFP on Lean six sigma pilot project for an insurance client in US

 

  1. With PricewaterhouseCoopers India as a Consultant with deep domain expertise, worked on IT enablement assignments in the Energy sector as part of the Power Sector Reforms across different states in India – 2002-05
  • Analyzed client’s business processes, understood the functional and non-functional requirements to develop the solution frameworks
  • Developed business focused analytical database applications, built on Oracle 8i/9i, Forms, reports, D2k and Java; followed XP Practices
  • Accomplished all the aspects such as installation, configuration, troubleshooting, testing at the client locations
  • Training need-assessment and developed instructional contents
  • Developed implementation and test strategies, built the user acceptance criteria, coordinated with clients for the acceptance
  • Reviewed client’s IT infrastructure, did the gap analysis
  • Prepared technical proposals against the tenders, RFPs and EOIs
  • Demonstrated working PoCs and COTS products evaluation

 

  1. Lead the team at Ind-Telesoft for a major mobile service provider in UK, developing a web based intranet application – Jul’00
  • Received Bravo award (2000) and Thanks award (2001)

 

  1. Worked on developing new functionalities and feature enhancements for the flagship product of the company - WLA India Pvt Ltd., Gas Load Forecaster a neural network driven demand forecast system. As a Developer worked on Java, PL/SQL, Oracle 8, Swing, application servers built on Nectar -message broker

 

  1. Started the career with TERI Bangalore. Worked on energy conservation studies and energy audits across various industries in India as a team member. Also worked on in-house software development

 

Career History

 

Education

 

Awards and Accolades

  • Certified Agile Coach ICP-ACC from ICAgile - 2017
  • Kanban System Design KMP1 from Lean Kanban University - 2017
  • SAFe Agilist from Scaled Agile Academy - 2014
  • CIO Excellence Award from the client - Feb 2008
  • Certified Scrum Master from ScrumAlliance 2007
  • Recognized as Top Talent for consecutive 2 years in a row at IBM – 2007 and 2008
  • Recognition award from the client for the significant contribution –2006
  • Sun Certified Java Programmer – 1999

 

Technical Skills

Agile: Scrum, XP, SAFe, Kanban, Daikibo, TDD and Spotify

DevOps Tools: VersionOne, Rational Team Concert, JIRA, Jenkins, Maven, GitHub, SVN, TeamCity, Sonar,             Checkstyle, PMD, JUnit, JMeter

Web: Java, J2EE, Oracle ADF, Websphere Commerce V7, GWT, Spring, Struts, Cocoon

IDEs: Eclipse, JDeveloper, RSA, RAD,

Database: Oracle, LDAP, LN Domino

Web: JMeter, ClearQuest,

Middleware: Nectar (Corba Compliant broker), XML, Domain models, MQ

Version Control: Rational Clearcase, Harvest

Project Management:  MS Project

Others: Oracle D2k, TOAD

 

Learnings

  • Emerging Leaders Program – Jun’17
  • Coaching as Leadership Style Program – Aug’16
  • AHM 250 Certification (internal) – Jul’15
  • Consulting - Experienced to Expert – Apr’14
  • PM 10G - Project Management Training – Aug’10
  • Power of Ownership and Drive for Achievement – Jun’09
  • Thesis Presented “A Neural Network Based Controller for Power System Stabilization”, (Dr. A. Srinivas & Ganapati Siddheshwar) at the National Symposium on Power System Instrumentation & Control, CPRI Bangalore – 1996

Work experience

Cognizant Technology Solutions, Agile Coach
May 2015 - Present, Bangalore, KA, IN
 Working with Cognizant as a Senior Manager on a CognizantBusinessCloud based product development in Clinical Performance Management arena in Life Sciences domain– Jan’16 * Brought in the cadence - aligned the product releases across the tracks bringing in the different stakeholders to consensus * Restructured the team of 60+ members across locations into cross-functional scrum teams - implemented Daikibo * Coached the teams on agile mindset, estimations and commitments, thereby building high performing teams, which was evidenced through the business metrics - sprint after the sprints * Worked across the product teams for defining, documenting the roadmap, release plan and validation plan * Working on the release and execution planning of the next version of the product, ensuring the continuous improvement  Worked with a major Healthcare product team– May’15 * As the scrum master of the SAFe-architect team, developed the architectural runway for the flagship product ‘Facets’, enhancing the performance of the core product by implementing Multi-engine processing for the batch jobs * Contributed to the design and development of the artifacts and processes as per the SAFe * Collaborated across the teams and RTEs for the release planning, backlog grooming and execution review in cadence with the release train

IBM India Pvt Ltd, Agile Coach
June 2014 - April 2015, Bangalore, KA, IN
 With IBM India as a Smarter Commerce Project Manager; For a major Telecom client from Germany took up the agile assessment for the program – Jul’14 Came up with the transformation roadmap for the agile adoption Conducted phased trainings to the teams through class room, virtual/ online sessions, and workshops Mentored the scrum masters on agile practices for the successful agile adoption

IBM India Pvt Ltd, Agile Coach
October 2013 - April 2014, Bangalore, KA, IN
Leading the enhancement and support for a product company in banking domain ~ Managing the distributed teams as scrum of scrum master; supported and mentored scrum masters ~ Mentored the cross-functional team on agile practices, such as pair programming and TDD ~ Provided regular updates to the management on the adoption and state of agile with client

IBM India Pvt Ltd, Agile Project Manager
March 2012 - July 2013, Bangalore, KA, IN
 Managed the support for e-commerce portal of a major retailer in UK, built on WCS V7 2012-13 Applied Kanban practices to manage the incidents, analyzed the value streams to optimize the flow. Ensured that the service levels are met Developed SOPs, instructions on the repeatable processes Lead the multi-location team, to migrate of client’s UK website from WCS V5 to V7 SPOC for the scheduled change requests, interacted with the delivery excellence team, managed all the risks, issues and concerns Provided client, the business critical support during the major events called Mega weeks Client has credited the team for helping the record sales increase of 131% on their site in 2012

IBM India Pvt Ltd, Agile Project Manager
February 2011 - January 2012, Bangalore, KA, IN
* For a major shipping company from France, built from the scratch; a complex web development project on cargo scheduling and loading optimization ~Mentored the team on agile best practices ensuring the team to be self managed ~Overtook the implementation of Rational Team Concert for the project. ~Supported the client on developing product backlog, splitting & re-estimation of user stories and release planning ~Addressed the challenges due to attrition, architectural changes and volatile requirements ~Acted as an SPOC for the delivery excellence team ~Tailored IBM processes to establish delivery, process and governance frameworks ~Managed all the sprint related artifacts; tracked the project and resources

IBM India Pvt Ltd, Technical Project Manager
October 2009 - November 2010, Bangalore, KA, IN
 Kick-started a FOAK project for an audit-analytics product company from Canada - Sep 2010 Prepared SoW, wrote the MoU, managed the project transition for onsite and offshore resources. Brought the project into steady state within 3 months Responsible for overall management/delivery of development and enhancement for the range of product suites, built on Open Source softwares Managed the multi-disciplinary scrum of scrum teams. Inculcated the practices on knowledge management and agile development for the team, leveraging upon IBM's wiki and VersionOne Established the delivery and process frameworks, mapping IBM's processes with client's practices

IBM India Pvt Ltd, Project Lead
January 2008 - July 2009, Bangalore, KA, IN
* Lead the development of a strategic and business critical product to create component based clinical services platform leveraging upon the existing SOA applications, for a major pharmacy benefit management company.

 

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