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Jayaprakash Puttaswamy

  

Co-founder and Director (Technology & Consulting), Agile Strategist & Coach, Aritha Consulting Services Pvt. Ltd.

Location: Bengaluru, Karnataka/India

91-8971198198

Biography

Jayaprakash Puttaswamy (often called as 'JP') is an Agile Strategist & Coach and consults enterprise organizations on agile transformations. With relevant adoption strategies & necessary coaching, he works with project managers, delivery managers and other relevant leaders including executives to rollout agile across organization. JP’s engineering background (with XP practices) and his insight about India specific challenges in agile coaching/implementation, gives him the ability to work on global agile transformations which could involve distributed coaching. With his hands-on skills, JP pairs with team members to implement sound agile engineering practices. Some of the renowned clients where JP has consulted & coached are as follows:

 

Driving large-scale agile transformations (org-level with distributed teams):

  • A global retail company – adoption scale : about 2000 people
  • A global video technology company – adoption scale : about 700 people
  • A global healthcare company distributed across US and Bengaluru – adoption scale : about 2000 people
  • An internationally recognized management consulting company – adoption scale : about 250 people
  • A reputed payment processing company - adoption scale : about 4000 people
  • A leader in online gaming industry spread across European countries & India - adoption scale: about 600 people
  • Another global telecom company – adoption scale : about 150 people

 

Agile coaching & consulting (team-level & across multi-teams):

  • Over 15 multi-national companies, both product & service based with domains including compensation management, web-domain management, financial analytics, gaming, telecom, anti-virus software, virtualization, aircraft design and various verticals within service organizations
  • Previous clients - Tesco, Wipro, Sungard, Peoplefluent (Authoria)

 

With a “Bachelor of Engineering” degree in Computer Science, JP started his career as a software engineering professional in 2002 and has witnessed wide range of experience in Enterprise Software Development. JP has close to 15 years of overall experience, working for different companies in various capacities including Director, Developer, Tech Lead, Scrum Master, Development Manager and an Agile Coach. JP has worked with both product-based & service-based companies, including start-ups and software giants like Wipro, IBM Software Labs, Robert Bosch, and SunGard. He has worked in domains including Retail, E-Commerce, Automotive, Talent Management, Higher Education & Telecom domain (IP infrastructure, routers, switches & networking).

 

With over a decade of experience in practicing Agile & Lean principles, JP has trained and coached over 1700 professionals spread across 180 plus teams in 45 plus organizations. He has used various implementation techniques like RUP, XP, Scrum & Kanban. He has the experience of harnessing existing agility of a team to take their engineering practices to higher levels. JP has co-trained with CST’s (Certified Scrum Trainer).

 

JP has a wide exposure to different technologies; primarily to Java/J2EE and web technologies. He is backed with sound technical knowledge in OOAD. He specializes in XP engineering practices including pair-programming, unit testing, test-doubles, TDD, ATDD, BDD, Continuous integration, Continuous Delivery along with DevOps principles and practices. JP is a CSM, CSP and LKU Certified on Kanban Foundations. He has vast training and coaching experience in helping his clients use ALM tools like Jira, Rally (now CA) and VersionOne to adopt Agile in large-scale.

Key strengths

  1. Self-awareness
  2. People connect
  3. Servant Leadership
  4. Strategic Management skills

Work experience

Aritha Consulting Services Pvt. Ltd., Director
April 2011 - Present, Bengaluru, Karnataka, IN
Strategic Management | Agile Development | Lean Start-up Experiments | Technology Consulting | Software Engineering Consulting | Agile Program/Portfolio Management | Agile Engineering Practices | ***************************************************** - Enabling people in agile space and catalyzing execution of agile initiatives. - Partnering with our clients to collaborate on achieving delivery oriented results. *****************************************************

SolutionsIQ, Agile Coach
December 2011 - May 2014, Bengaluru, Karnataka, IN

Agile Strategist & Coach

Independent, Independent Agile Consultant
April 2011 - December 2011, Bengaluru, Karnataka, IN
I worked along with Jesse Fewell (from RippleRock India), as an Agile Consultant and helped a UK based retail company (one of the largest retailers in the world) in their journey of Agile transformation. My focus at this assignment was on scrum effectiveness for one of the key teams in an international programme. Some of the key responsibilities I handled in this job are: 1. Playing the role of a ScrumMaster for one of the teams 2. Coaching ScrumMasters of 2 more teams 3. Facilitating ScrumOfScrum meetings 4. Facilitating Release Retrospectives 5. Mentoring selected members in embracing engineering practices from XP. 6. Helping teams with Lean initiative of "identifying and eliminating waste" in the system.

Wipro Technologies, Agile Project Manager
May 2010 - March 2011, Bengaluru, Karnataka, IN
My key responsibilities were: 1. Agile Project Management 2. Agile Consulting/Coaching. My work summary here is: 1) Built an entire team (of 5 members) from scratch to work on the co-development of the product. The product was developed jointly by a team from a product development company and the new team I built, in a service based organization. The challenge was in identifying and mentoring the right team players to help them learn Agile and Scrum skills, along with deadline based responsibility of making them productive in a span of three to six months. I had to wear different hats of a trainer to a coach to a Scrum Master to a hands-on developer. 2) I worked on three parallel engagements that were part of support engagements in Time & Material (T&M) and Fixed Price (FP) model. Since these projects were support engagements, they involved various types of tasks like handling the Tickets raised by customers, working on Change Requests (CR), working on new product enhancements in Data warehousing (DW) and Business Intelligence (BI) space. Playing the role of an Agile Consultant, I was involved in understanding the problems faced by Management and team members in ensuring project quality, meeting delivery time lines, measuring project reports and metrics effectively. I proposed and executed initiatives to identify the needs for process improvements and implement tailored Agile practices to help the teams to improve their productivity and quality of deliverable.

Sungard Higher Education (now Ellucian), Tech Lead/Scrum Master
January 2009 - April 2010, Bengaluru, Karnataka, IN
Joined as a Technical Lead and continued to play the role of a Scrum Master & Development Manager and coordinated with the team and the Product Owner to remove impediments, improved effectiveness in requirements clarification, estimation, testing and effective sprint planning. This was a key engagement where we were trying to address issues faced by Higher Education universities in US during the global recession. Functioning as Agile coach, I helped the team grow in thinking from “Task level” to “User Story level” to “Feature level”.

Authoria (now Peoplefluent), Scrum Master
April 2007 - December 2008, Bengaluru, Karnataka, IN
I joined as a Tech Lead and changed the role to ScrumMaster's role. Harnessed the existing agility of the team to take TDD to higher levels, with continuous improvements and helped the team in building quality into the product in Performance and Salary/Compensation management domain. Work summary is: 1)Technical Leadership in designing and developing the ITM Suite and Platform for Talent Management domain, with additional responsibility of mentoring the junior team members technically. 2)Playing the role of Scrum Master to coordinate with the team and the Product owner to remove any daily impediments that stop progressing in the daily work. 3)Reviewing of designs and implementation of various modules of Authoria products like Recruiting, Performance, Compensation and overall ATM (Authoria Talent Management) platform.

 

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