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Manas Shirode


Agile Transformation Architect - Scrum Consultant/Coach, Larsen & Toubro Infotech

Location: Pune, India


Certified ScrumMaster


Groups I belong to

Agile Pune

Agile Safari Pune


  • ~12 years of experience with expertise in Agile Scrum Transformation, Agile Program Management, Agile Mentoring & Coaching, Assessment of Agile TDD, ATDD, Implementation Consulting for Agile Scrum
  • Experienced with TCoE (Testing Center of Excellence) & Test Factory setup from definition till implementation for Agile Scrum Methodology
  • Experienced with handling QA team of 72+ test engineers, Business Analysts/SMEs, in Agile Scrum methodology, in managing sprint of sprints fashion
  • Experienced with Integration of banks, Separation of banks and E2E Test Management using ScrumKeen learner, a good team manager/member, having abilities to analyze & solve problems, mentoring, coaching, conflict resolution and Strong People Management skillsDomain Exposure – Banking & Finance with following specific areas
  • Retail (Sales & Servicing, Payments, Debit Cards), Corporate Banking and Insurance (Life)
  • Lead the assessment and startup of this large-scale project development effort using an Agile execution model
  • Performed Agile assessments and recommendations for pilot for Agile Teams.
  • Mentored and coached Team during entire project life cycle (sprint of sprints) as well as throughout each Sprint.
  • Performed role as the Agile-Scrum Coach & Scrum Master
  • Performed role as both the Lead Agile Coach and Program cordinator
  • Facilitated the adoption of Agile methods for a team of 72  people (nine Scrum teams) located in UK, India, Canada and German Teams
  • Created / conducted group Agile-Scrum classes for kickoff training for teams
  • Implemented Scrum Apprentice training to promote Agile throughout the program
  • Provided coaching and ongoing Scrum facilitation
  • Conducted story writing and estimation workshop
  • Performed evaluation and selection to manage Product Backlog and Planning
  • Trained ScrumMaster, Product Owner, and Team in basic to advanced Agile-Scrum topics during kickoff phase and on an ongoing basis.
  • Guided Product Owner, Scrum Master, and Team through in initial creation of Product Backlog and ongoing grooming activity
  • Facilitated bi-weekly Release Planning, Sprint Planning, Sprint Review (Demo), and Retrospective Scrum meetings
  • Incorporated lessons learned from Sprint Restrospectives and promoted experiments /Continuous Improvement efforts
  • Tool used: VersionOne


Work experience

Larsen & Toubro Infotech, Agile Transformation Architect & Scrum Coach
November 2013 - Present, Pune, Maharashtra
As a part of this role, I am designing various processes required to implement Software Testing efficiently using various methodologies including Agile Scrum.

Cognizant Technology Solutions, Scrum Master (Testing), Scrum Coach
July 2008 - November 2013, Pune, Maharashtra, India
- Scrum Master (Software Testing) - Scrum Coach

Cybage Software, SR. QA Engineer
March 2006 - July 2008, Pune, Maharashtra, India
SR. QA Engineer - As a part of this role, I studied agile scrum and presented several case studies internally in the teams

Articles I've written

Avoiding Bonsai Waterfall
While working from multiple geographies, having multiple vendors involved to help form the Scrum team and bringing in different skill sets, a Scrum team can become a team that works in "Bonsai Waterfall" fashion. . . .

The Power of Example in Agile Coaching
When coaching, real-world examples play a vital role. With examples, the audience can digest concepts very quickly. Cooking in teams is an example wherein Scrum is followed implicitly.


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