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Mandar Kulkarni

  

Consultant, Millennium Mantra, Inc.

Location: Fremont, CA, USA

408-529-6312

Certifications

Certified ScrumMaster

Credentials

Biography

  • As an Agile Transformation Coach, enjoy the challenge of changing a mindset of technical teams, functional managers and executives from traditional project management processes and helping them understand the value proposition of Agile philosophy.
  • Hands-on experience in transforming teams from waterfall to Scrum in large companies like Cisco. Directly coach multiple scrum teams in basic agile philosophy and principles, Scrum and Kanban. Perform team assessment and maturity analysis, develop Agile maturity path for the team. Establish KPIs, monitor and track progress, provide insights to the C-level executives.
  • Well-versed with a variety of techniques like Story Mapping, Affinity Estimation, TDD, BDD, XP/pair programming, automated testing and CICD. Used agile collaboration tools like Rally and JIRA to track progress. Create dashboards, charts/reports and presentations implementing best practices for Agile/Scrum. For the maintenance projects, implemented Kanban, managed WIP and improved flow.
  • Proficient and passionate about Scrum Ceremonies like Release Planning, Sprint Planning, Backlog Grooming, Daily Stand ups, Sprint Review and Sprint Retrospectives. Closely worked with product owners, business stakeholders, functional leaders and executive management, Scrum teams and DevOps to ensure alignment of business objectives and the deliverables. Anticipate and proactively track, remove and escalate process impediments believing and playing in a role of a servant leader.
  • Solid understanding of Software/Product Development Life Cycle (SDLC/PDLC) and Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) for scaling Agile processes at enterprise level. Developed insight and experience in challenges faced when enterprise-level teams are transforming to Agile/Scum.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication applied to influence and negotiate with cross-functional stakeholders and to motivate project teams in complex technical environment; impressive presentation skills while interacting with business, internal and external customers. Ability to meet deadlines and coordinate multiple tasks in high-pressure project environments.

Work experience

Millennium Mantra, Inc, Agile Coach
January 2006 - Present, Fremont, CA, US
¬ As an Agile Transformation Coach, enjoy the challenge of changing a mindset of technical teams, functional managers and executives from traditional project management processes and helping them understand the value proposition of Agile philosophy. ¬ Hands-on experience in transforming teams from waterfall to Scrum in large companies like Cisco. Directly coach multiple scrum teams in basic agile philosophy and principles, Scrum and Kanban. Perform team assessment and maturity analysis, develop Agile maturity path for the team. Establish KPIs, monitor and track progress, provide insights to the C-level executives. ¬ Well-versed with a variety of techniques like Story Mapping, Affinity Estimation, TDD, BDD, XP/pair programming, automated testing and CICD. Used agile collaboration tools like Rally and JIRA to track progress. Create dashboards, charts/reports and presentations implementing best practices for Agile/Scrum. For the maintenance projects, implemented Kanban, managed WIP and improved flow. ¬ Proficient and passionate about Scrum Ceremonies like Release Planning, Sprint Planning, Backlog Grooming, Daily Stand ups, Sprint Review and Sprint Retrospectives. Closely worked with product owners, business stakeholders, functional leaders and executive management, Scrum teams and DevOps to ensure alignment of business objectives and the deliverables. Anticipate and proactively track, remove and escalate process impediments believing and playing in a role of a servant leader. ¬ Solid understanding of Software/Product Development Life Cycle (SDLC/PDLC) and Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) for scaling Agile processes at enterprise level. Developed insight and experience in challenges faced when enterprise-level teams are transforming to Agile/Scum. ¬ Excellent written and verbal communication applied to influence and negotiate with cross-functional stakeholders and to motivate project teams in complex technical environment; impressive presentation skills while interacting with business, internal and external customers. Ability to meet deadlines and coordinate multiple tasks in high-pressure project environments.

 

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