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Mehrdad Guilani

  

Senior Business Systems Analyst, Marriott International Inc.

Location: Bethesda, MD

7578761254

Certifications

Certified Scrum Professional
Certified ScrumMaster

Credentials


Groups I belong to

Agile Maryland User Group

Biography

Mehrdad Guilani is a PMP, CSM and Lean Six Sigma Certified project manager with several years of consulting experience, specializing in project management and business analysis. He has a solid track record in helping clients with their most challenging business and systems development problems through my expertise in systems analysis and implementation, business process improvement and requirements analysis.

Mr. Guilani has held various roles within Scrum teams as Agile Business Analyst and Scrum Master. He has focused on understanding the problem and being the domain expert, answering questions from the development team swiftly and decisively. In his current role as a Scrum Master and as a member of the IT Business Partnership & Planning – Reservations Organization, collaborate with disciplines and information technology organizations to compile and document functional requirements and designs of creative solutions that will support the clients’ strategy and future business goals. Support the business and IT to validate requirements are met and support IT Build (Architecture & Development) organization in clarifying functional requirements and functional design during development of solution. 

Mr. Guilani has also been the Lead Agile Business Analyst for  USDA APHIS PPQ ARM and ANG StratPlan custom software development project. He worked with project sponsors and business owners to document the system’s vision and the project’s scope and managed the requirements documentation process according to Agile and Scrum methodologies, using natural language simply, clearly, unambiguously, and concisely

 

Work experience

Marriott International, Senior Business Systems Analyst
August 2014 - Present, Bethesda, Maryland
As a member of Marriott Digital iT plan team, Lead workgroups and/or functions as a technical expert. Collaborate with client and information technology organizations to lead the definition of functional requirements and functional designs of creative solutions that will support the clients’ strategy and future business goals. Perform independent research to proactively identify and analyze future opportunities and emerging solutions that could be applied in the clients’ operations to drive improvement. Leverage technical expertise in updating multi-year technology roadmaps for clients. Support IT Architecture & Development organization in clarifying functional requirements and functional design during development of solution. As a member of the IT Business Partnership & Planning – Reservations Organization, collaborate with disciplines and information technology organizations to compile and document functional requirements and designs of creative solutions that will support the clients’ strategy and future business goals. Support the business and IT to validate requirements are met and support IT Build (Architecture & Development) organization in clarifying functional requirements and functional design during development of solution. Perform independent research to proactively identify and analyze future opportunities and emerging solutions that could be applied in the clients’ operations to drive improvement. Leverage technical expertise in updating multi-year technology roadmaps for clients. Lead workgroups and/or functions as a technical expert.

Phase One Consulting Group, Associate
September 2013 - August 2014, Alexandria, Virginia, US

Phase One Consulting Group provides performance-based and business-focused services in support of the strategic maturation and tactical operations of a wide range of programs related to mission, technology, and architecture and help their clients realize marked improvements in mission performance, cost efficiency, and the ability to satisfy stakeholder communities. Their commitment to their clients begins with astute strategic analyses and vendor independent advice and recommendations for modernization.

Project: USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS)

Agile Business Analyst

 

Agile Business Analyst for USDA APHIS PPQ ARM custom software development project. Working with project sponsors and business owners to document the system’s vision and the project’s scope. Managing the requirements documentation process according to Agile and Scrum methodologies, using natural language simply, clearly, unambiguously, and concisely. Managing requirements traceability information and track requirements status throughout the project via Rally.

Octo Consulting Group, Senior Management Consultant
August 2012 - September 2013, McLean, Virginia, US

Octo Consulting Group delivers the results IT leaders in government and business need to improve performance and accomplish their missions. Through its approach to client engagements, Octo offers world-class analysis, relevant insights and intelligent solutions that consistently produce practical, measurable outcomes.

Project: Army National Guard

Lead Business Analyst

Agile Business Analyst for ANG StratPlan custom software development project. Worked with project sponsors and business owners to document the system’s vision and the project’s scope. Managed the requirements documentation process according to Agile and Scrum methodologies, using natural language simply, clearly, unambiguously, and concisely. Managed requirements traceability information and track requirements status throughout the project via JIRA and lead systems testing efforts, QA and UAT processes.

Project: Information Technology and Application Center (ITAC) at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), National Institute of Health

Project Manager

Providing Project Management support to ITAC to evaluate the current technology and application architectures and to define future state architectures that will meet the changing needs of the Institute over the next 10 years. Collaborating with the DIR Scientific Information Officer and the DIR IT Steering Committee in the definition of architectures and standards for the DIR by:

•Defining Target Technology Architecture

•Application Architecture and Service Definition

•Reporting Architecture Definition

Analyzing and preparing reports for negotiating consultant contracts, estimates for contracts, task orders, and change orders and overall management of multiple BPA task orders. Reviewing funding availability and approving funding of change orders, supplemental agreements, and work orders. Assisting in the preparation of financial documents and approval of payments to contractors, vendors, and consultants.

Preparing invoices for submittal to Government’s Contracting Officer and assisting in the analyses and appraisals of the current status and forecasts of project activity with respect to time, cost and quantity criteria to ensure completion of the project on-time and within budget.

Project: US Army Corps of Engineers – P2 Performance Improvement Program

Service Provider Transition Planning Manager             

Provide the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) with advisory support and deliverables that will aid in the transition of sustainment and development of its Project Management Information System (P2). Created a transition plan that identified and reduced the program risk of transitioning from the previous P2 system development and sustainment service provider to ACE-IT and examined transition documentation for effectiveness and completeness.

Symantec Corporation, Senior Project Manager
February 2012 - August 2012, Herndon, Virginia, United States
Scoped, planned and drove internal IT projects from inception to closure. Developed key project management lifecycle documentation (project charters, project plans, project schedules, risk and change management plans, roll-out and adoption strategies, status updates, etc.). Supported project governance: facilitated process for managing pipeline of projects, gained project approval and prioritization, project monitoring, risk and issue reporting and roll-up and aggregation of key status information for leadership. Liaised between operational areas, sales teams, and other internal organizations to achieve project objectives and doordinated project activities globally across Operations and Sales teams in America, UK, Australia and India. Developed and executed communication strategy encompassing all project stakeholder groups. Captured complex business and technical processes via process engineering and workflow documentation and performed requirements gathering

Coca Cola Company, Lead Business Analyst
October 2011 - February 2012, Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Project: ESCO – Transportation Management Systems Phases I,II Managed the various phases of ESCO, Transportation Management Systems Phase II Project which involved integration of OTM, JDE and WebMethods systems. Lead the requirements documentation process according to standard templates, using natural language simply, clearly, unambiguously, and concisely. Managed and facilitated the UAT sessions and tracked the documentation of test scenarios and their related defects, exceptions and change requests.

 

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