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Mario  Sylvia

  

Managing Consultant, Lithespeed

Location: Herndon, VA USA


Certifications

Certified Scrum Professional
Certified ScrumMaster
Certified Scrum Product Owner

Biography

My name is Mario Sylvia and I have been practicing agile since 2013 in the role of Scrum Master and Agile Coach. My affinity for Agile began in 2012 when I attended a class taught by Marty Cagan on how to build products customers love. This class was a combination of product management, scrum and lean discovery techniques that opened my eyes to a new way of thinking. Since then, I have been inspired to practice a servant leadership mindset and help enable people to embrace agile as a way of life. My career background is in IT development, consulting, business analysis and pmo; I have also taught English abroad and was a professional dancer. Combined, these diverse skills have tremendously helped me find ways to connect with customers, executives and teams driving change through guidance, mentorship and passion.

Work experience

Lithespeed, Managing Consultant
November 2016 - Present, Herndon, VA, United States
Agile consultant and change agent helping companies, their leaders and teams grow and prosper in their lean+agile journey.

Marriott International, Agile Coach
July 2015 - November 2016, Bethesda, Maryland, United States
I served as an Agile Coach/Scrum Master and my primary goal was to bring the agile mindset to the Marriott business side of the company to transform how the business discovers new product opportunities using agile principles to derive greater transparency, collaboration and continuous improvement across business teams. In this role I applied the agile manifesto and principles to a business and marketing setting and worked with business leaders to stand-up marketing and business agile teams. I applied Scrum principles to these teams and coached the product owner and team on how to apply agile/scrum principles to deliver greater value in their line of work.

Marriott International, Scrum Master
February 2013 - June 2015, Bethesda, Maryland, United States
Co-led strategy team responsible for Marriott.com digital channel’s transformation away from Waterfall towards embracing Lean Discovery and Scrum Delivery practice. Responsible for helping lead the agile adoption across the Marriott.com organization including organizing training and mentoring, establishment of roll out strategy with pilot scrum teams, overseeing development of team collocated spaces and delivering communication plans across the organization on scrum strategy and execution. Participated as Scrum Master on pilot scrum team that oversees the innovation of the Marriott.com reservation path that generates $11+ billion in company revenue. Established best practices and oversight for new Scrum Mastery discipline across Marriott.com digital channels and managed a team of Scrum Masters working across Marriott.com scrum teams.

Marriott International, Senior Director
May 2012 - January 2014, Bethesda, Maryland, United States
Directed the portfolio management office that prioritized strategic alignment and planning, change management, benefits realization, success metrics, demand and resource management across the portfolio. Established business processes and oversaw compliance throughout the product development life cycle to ensure best practices in delivery of 120+ product initiatives annually. Oversaw the annual creation of the Global Marriott.com roadmap of planned product initiatives, launch calendar and resource capacity of 250+ product resources across multiple departments. Provided ongoing analytics and recommendations to senior management regarding health of the roadmap and managed to shifting priorities, business strategies and needs. Championed portfolio management tools through training and education, increasing the knowledge, skills and abilities of department staff and business partners. Oversaw the Business Acceptance Testing team responsible for driving product quality across the Marriott.com portfolio of projects.

Marriott International, Director
March 2011 - April 2012, Bethesda, Maryland, United States
Oversaw the $50M portfolio that governs the people, work and processes of the Marriott.com digital channels that produced over $8 billion in 2012 fiscal year revenues. Established business processes and oversaw compliance throughout the product development life cycle to ensure best practices in delivery of 120+ product initiatives annually. Oversaw the Business Analysis discipline responsible for gathering project requirements across the Marriott.com digital portfolio.

 

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