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Joseph Barjis


Associate Director, Cognizant Technology Solutions

Location: Chicago


Certified Scrum Professional
Certified ScrumMaster
Certified Scrum Product Owner



International speaker, author, presenter, trainer, coach, professor in the heart of Silicon Valley (SJSU), with 25+ years international industry, academic, and research career spanning from Europe to Russia, and Silicon Valley, from start-ups to Global Fortune 100, top consulting companies, and top research universities, I worked in fields of Agile, Lean, Systems Engineering, IT, Cloud, Enterprise Engineering, Organization Design, and Information Systems, leading end-to-end large scale enterprise transformations, change management, process improvement.

I mastered Agile from developer level to Scrum Master, Agile Coach, Transformation Agent, Executive Agile coach, and authorship of Agile Methodologies and Agile Journey frameworks used by Global Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies, mostly in the DevOps environment.

As a thought leader in Agile, Enterprise Engineering and Organization design, I am pushing the boundaries of knowledge manifested by over 100 peer refereed publications, e.g.:

An Agile decision framework developed for a Global Fortune 100:

The Scrum Framework developed for a Fortune 500:

Series of edited books on Enterprise and Organization:

Business process modeling in software systems design (cited 100+ times):

Read more about my thought leadership at:

Work experience

Cognizant Technology Solutions , Associate Director
January 2017 - Present, Chicago, Illinois, US
- Agile coach leading end-to-end Agile Transformation at Discover with other coaches - Leading SAFe transformation at Discover and managing other coaches with content and methodology - I developed Lean and Agile Journey framework, training materials, communicate with PMO, leadership and management - I train teams, scrum masters, and product owners at Discover

Autodesk Inc, Agile Coach / Scrum Master
January 2016 - January 2017, San Francisco, CA, US
- I was coaching on Agile, Scrum and Kanban while the company was fully transforming to Agile and cloud enterprise - I served as Scrum Master for full development cycle from planning to production of “Cloud services cost data analytics” tools, an enterprise level web executive dashboard, a multi-year project, with distributed team using data analytics, data science methods, and web technologies such as JavaScript, Python, Google BigQuery, and R. - I served as JIRA, JIRA Portfolio, and JIRA Confluence administrator for cloud analytics project.

Institute of Engineering and Management, Agile Research Director
September 2013 - January 2016, San Francisco, California, US
IEM, founded by Impavid Consulting Inc., is a consulting, training, and research company, where: - I developed and delivered a certification course on Enterprise Engineering (DEMO Methodology) first time in Silcom Valley. - I developed content and designed training on Agile, SAFe 4.0, Scrum, and Kanban . - As a program manager, I launched the company’s website, created content, certification courses, and developed curriculum.

Delft University of Technology, Associate Professor
June 2008 - September 2013, Delft, South Holland, NL
In this Europe’s 3rd top technology university, I supervised graduate research projects for Global Fortune 100 companies and beyond: - ING Bank (2009-2012): Developed a framework for Agile Transformation (Scrum, Kanban, XP); Trained to set up Predictive Analytics (simulation) group - Capgemini (2008-2009): Transport Management from a shipper’s perspective - Analysis of the Factors Influencing Transport Outsourcing Decision Making. - Royal HaskoningDHV (2009-2011): System Engineering consultant for this Europe’s leading project management and engineering, and consulting company. - Heineken: Supervised a project for lean production and elimination of waste - Unilever: Supervised supply chain improvement project studying various strategies as an input - Healthcare: Supervised research and development projects (US, Europe, South Africa): - Research and Supervision (2008-2013): Founded and led research on Agile Enterprise Engineering, taught, published in top journals, supervised and evaluated PhD students

Articles I've written

The Scrum Framework
I have been looking for a concise yet comprehensive visual representation of the Scrum framework, and I have a version to propose.


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