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Mpho Mahlaba

  

Scrum Master, Silverbridge Holdings

Location: South Africa

+270837351210

Certifications

Certified ScrumMaster

Credentials


Groups I belong to

Agile / Scrum LA

South Africa

Biography

I am strong willed person who carries his duties with diligence and pride. I am passionate about scrum and projects in which scrum is used.

I come from accounting background and can safely say, "Agile project management is my home"

I am responsible for effective implementation of the principles of Scrum to support the product development process, the Product Owners and the Scrum teams. I facilitate the implementation of Agile practices and strive to increase teamwork, openness and improved communication.

My faciliation duties includle:

  • Ensure cross team coordination.
  • Strives to develop a team into a high performance team.
  • Help to grow cohesive cross-functional teams and foster good communication between the disciplines (B.As, developers, PICs and testers).
  • Proactively analyzes program productivity to find inter-team and inter-personal impediments and remove them.
  • Assists with backlog grooming.
  • Improve team’s efficiencies and productivity by applying Agile and other metrics where appropriate.
  • Act as a change agent to help introduce change and continuous improvement to the team and organisation.
  • Act as a coach to the team (and the organization) in order to help the team reflect, grow and change.
  • Effectively facilitate scrum meetings in order to make teams more effective.

Amongst other, my competencies include:

  • Act as project manager when necessary.
  • Understand incremental delivery and the value of metrics.
  • Assertive.
  • Work well across a multidisciplinary team.
  • Focused and goal driven.
  • Ability to interact with all levels of personnel (both the IT and user community).
  • Good interpersonal relationships.
  • Technically savvy.
  • Logical thinking.
  • Analytical skills.
  • Facilitation skills.
  • Problem solving skills.
  • Outstanding communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Highly motivated.

 

 

Work experience

Connect Division of Silverbridge Holdings, Scrum Master
July 2013 - Present, Pretoria, Gauteng, ZA
Job Title Scrum Master Division Connect Accountable to Portfolio Manager Key Purpose Responsible for effectively implementing the principles of Scrum to support the product development process, the Product Owners and the Scrum teams. Facilitate the implementation of Agile practices and strive to increase teamwork, openness and improved communication. Team facilitation • Ensure cross team coordination. • Strives to develop a team into a high performance team. • Help to grow cohesive cross-functional teams and foster good communication between the disciplines (B.As, developers, PICs and testers). • Proactively analyses program productivity to find inter-team and inter-personal impediments and remove them. • Assists with backlog grooming. • Improve team’s efficiencies and productivity by applying Agile and other metrics where appropriate. • Act as a change agent to help introduce change and continuous improvement to the team and organisation. • Act as a coach to the team (and the organization) in order to help the team reflect, grow and change. • Effectively facilitate scrum meetings in order to make teams more effective. Sprint Management • Facilitate sprint planning, retrospective and sprint reviews. • Construct and maintain statistically defensible release forecasts for complex programs. • Create, groom and estimate well-articulated Backlog Items. • Track sprint progress. • Take proactive measures to meet deadlines. • Ensure efficiency in sprint by facilitating and motivating the team to deliver. Stakeholder collaboration • Facilitate effective collaboration with all stakeholders. • Proactively provide transparent reporting of team, product and stakeholder activities and progress. • Proactively work with Product Owners to establish and maintain Product Backlog. • Increase business value through Sprint surveys. • Promote continuous improvement. • Reach out to the larger company network for impediment removal. Knowledge sharing • Be an Agile evangelist in the organization. • Encourage adoption of useful agile processes (automated testing, pair programming, feasibly releasable products, appropriate office environments, etc. • Coach and mentor other scrum masters in our product team • Maintain relevant metrics that help the team see how they are doing. Competencies • Act as project manager when necessary. • Understand incremental delivery and the value of metrics. • Assertive. • Work well across a multidisciplinary team. • Focused and goal driven. • Ability to interact with all levels of personnel (both the IT and user community). • Good interpersonal relationships. • Technically savvy. • Logical thinking. • Analytical skills. • Facilitation skills. • Problem solving skills. • Outstanding communication skills, both verbal and written. • Highly motivated. • Willingness to learn and develop self. Education and Experience • Bachelor’s Degree essential. • Certified scrum master/scrum practitioner. • Project Management certifications essential. • Knowledge of the software development life cycle (SDLC). • Minimum of 2 year experience working in a scrum master role. • Minimum of 3 years’ experience working in an agile environment. • Experience with transitioning organizations to agile benefit. • Software development experience a benefit.

Department of Social Dvelopment, Scrum Master
June 2013 - October 2013, Pretoria, Gauteng, ZA
The provision of Scrum Mastering services and assisting with the implementation of the training leadership project (National)

Silica, Projec Manager / Scrum Master
October 2010 - June 2013, Sandton, Gauteng, ZA
• IT Project management • System Migration project management • New system development project management • Financial Projects management • Project coordination with the vendors • Document quality assurance. • Minutes taking and collation. • Assisting project managers in meeting. • Lite Project Management • Project scheduling and budgeting • Resource Management • Client liaison. • Progress Report Preparation • Project planning • Project budgeting • Project schedule analysis • Project Administration / Coordination on a new client take on

Silica, Finance Administrtor
April 2007 - September 2010, Sandton, Gauteng, South Africa
• Daily reconciliation of Nedgroup Collective Investments (NCI) main accounts. • Reporting and reconciliation on income distribution. • Monthly reconciliation of switches ledger account and income distribution ledger account for NCI. • General edger rules maintenance on Silica. • Daily preparation of the NCI Cash Forecast on the four main accounts. • Capturing and verification of the EFT batches. • Reporting – On banking holdings and unallocated deposits to both the client and internal stakeholders. • Preparing of the PSG Konsultant daily cash forecast and arranging for limit increase on overdrawn accounts. • NCI and PSG query management and preparing of the age analysis on outstanding recon items. • Systems worked on: Silica, AWD and Various EFT platforms

Investec Private Bank (South Africa) , Client Care Consultant
January 2006 - November 2008, Sandton, Gauteng, South Africa
• Facilitated communication with internal and external clients • Preparation and generation of monthly statements for clients • ATM and OLB pin regeneration for clients. • Loading of journey cards • Preparation of Tax certificates, audit reports, visa letters, reference letters and full general reports • E-Payment processing, reconciliation and administration • Client query resolution

Investec Securities (South Africa), Share-Scheme Consultant
January 2006 - November 2006, Sadton, Gauteng, South Africa
• Administration of beneficiary’s details (FICA) • Updating the banking details of shareholders • Reconciliation and allocation of shares • Facilitated communication with internal and external clients • Assumed responsibility for resolving outstanding documents, including the main account holder and beneficiary details

Rand Merchant Bank-Asset Management , EFT Administration
January 2006 - August 2006, Sandton, Gauteng, South Africa
• Accurate preparation of EFT files for release • Manual loading or uploading and maintenance of EFT files from various systems into the banking systems • Effective filing of EFT documentation • Ensure compliance with all written procedures • Establish ongoing relationship with relevant external parties (banks) and internal departments • Meet deadlines successful • Create and maintain Oracle suppliers eg. Banking detail, BEE credentials etc

Rand Merchant Bank-Asset Management , EFT Administration
January 2006 - August 2006, Sandton, Gauteng, South Africa
• Accurate preparation of EFT files for release • Manual loading or uploading and maintenance of EFT files from various systems into the banking systems • Effective filing of EFT documentation • Ensure compliance with all written procedures • Establish ongoing relationship with relevant external parties (banks) and internal departments • Meet deadlines successful • Create and maintain Oracle suppliers eg. Banking detail, BEE credentials etc

Nedbank , Commercial Teller
March 2005 - March 2006, Eastgate, Gauteng, South Africa
• Receiving of Cheques and arranging for their deposit • Receiving and accounting for cash when clients deposits • Customer liaison • Task prioritization during peak hours for the other tellers • End of day teller balancing on the DCCH screen

Standard Bank of South Africa , Junior Value Add Analysis Project Consultant
November 2004 - February 2005, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Development of Value Add model on which the activities of the group internal audit can be valued for the audit committee Achievements: • Top 40 Banking Group Achiever • Standard Bank Leadership Development Award • Standard Bank International Trade Seminar • Standard Bank Corporate challenge Weekend

Sife-International (Wits) , Banking Consultant
January 2004 - November 2004, Braamfotein, Gauteng, South Africa
• Provision of advice on banking and help on opening bank accounts • Assisted clients with queries • Assisted clients with technical queries relating to banking Achievements: SIFE-KPMG Service Leadership Award

 

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