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Jiten Vara

  

Biography

Jiten Vara

As a Certified Scrum Master (CSM, Scrum Alliance) and Professional Scrum Master (PSM, Scrum.org) I specialise in Agile leadershi using Scrum. I have experience in coaching, leading and evolving many software development teams and departments from waterfall to agile. 

I am confident, skilled and self-motivated with experience in working with teams to deliver successful and cost-effective software solutions that focus on delivering business value at all times. With a specific focus of delivering working software early and often, I am experienced in applying Agile and Scrum principles in managing the delivery and integration of online systems to help ensure early and continuous return on investment.

I have used my experience in working with cross-functional teams of designers and developers using Scrum to help deliver software more effectively in companies in a variety of sectors including charity and multi-national retail.

With an emphasis on continuous improvement I have provided leadership and coaching to a variety of teams in all the companies I have worked in, helping them 
to become self-evolving, self-organizing and high performing, all essential traits of successful Scrum teams.

I strongly believe in the human aspect of technology as I believe that it is often forgotten and yet it is one of the core Agile principles. Without individuals and their interactions and customer collaboration, teams are unlikely to be able to succeed in Scrum environments.

I have a great passion for both Agile and Scrum, and I share this passion and my experiences by contributing to www.scrumandkanban.co.uk. I love talking with people about Agile and Scrum and therefore attend as many user groups as I can. I also help to deliver training workshops on Agile and Scrum at the General Assembly (https://generalassemb.ly/education/an-intro-to-agile-using-scrum-framework) 

Work experience

UsTwo Ltd, Agile Coach
April 2015 - Present, London, GB
An Agile Coach to Project teams in a creative product design agency. Helping teams of User Experience Experts, Visual Interaction Designers and Developers work effectively together using Scrum, and helping them to adhere to the principles of Agile software development.

Tesco PLC, Scrum Master / Agile Coach
August 2014 - April 2015, London, GB
Scrum Master and Coach for on and off-shore teams for the Tesco’s international grocery website, facilitating effective ways of working across time zones ensuring that teams are focused on successful delivery of business value.

The Net A Porter Group, Scrum Master / Technical Project Manager
May 2013 - August 2014, London, GB
Scrum Master and Coach for Development and Business Teams for the TheOutnet.com, transitioning the teams from ‘doing’ Agile to ‘being’ Agile, and ensuring that the core principles of Scrum are retained and practised. • Coaching the development team to deliver early and often and instilling a continuous improvement culture within the team. Before I joined the team, retrospectives really happened. I helped to install a regular fortnightly sprint cadence. • Ensured that all of the teams ceremonies run smoothly and removal of impediments so that the team is able to work with minimal disruption.

Macmillan Cancer Support, Scrum Master / Senior Technical Project Manager
April 2007 - May 2013, London, London, GB
As one of the first Scrum Masters at Macmillan I led the Digital Media and Web Development teams from Waterfall in to becoming Agile using Scrum in order to help continuously deliver developments to Macmillan’s websites. - Implemented Scrum within three development teams and helping these teams to continuously improve and start to adopt practices such as TDD and CI. - Implemented Scrum within the Digital Media team. Coaching the team to work and start thinking in an agile way.

 

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