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Mahesh Varadharajan

  

Senior Agile Consultant, SolutionsIQ India Consulting Services Private Limited

Location: Chennai, India

91 9840963812

Certifications

Certified Scrum Professional
Certified ScrumMaster

Credentials


Groups I belong to

Agile Bangalore

Agile Chennai

Biography

Agile transformation consultant with 10 years in software industry, nearly 5+ years in leading and coaching Agile teams. Has been part of enterprise-wide Agile adoption initiatives, focusing on organizational change management, process definition, scaling agile and evangelizing mindset and cultural change.  Agile Scrum, XP, Kanban, Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), Unified Processes and Lean specialist.  Supported both IT Product-development & Services organizations in identifying the strategy for Agile adoption and later in the implementation including scaling Agile across enterprise from small projects to complex, large-scale portfolios.  Cross-domain IT expertise working in Fortune 500 companies across projects in BFSI, Telecom & Automotive businesses to optimize their solution delivery  Wide Variety of Coaching experience across large-scale programs and projects of varying sizes dealing with development of bespoke applications, new feature development, enhancements, maintenance work with the objective to deliver business value faster, better and cheaper.  Supported 35+ teams in implementing Agile practices from legacy to latest technologies and COTS applications such as SAP, Peoplesoft.  Demonstrated track record in providing coaching across levels including leadership - in terms of turning around crisis projects, setting up new portfolio & projects and working with geographically dispersed stakeholders in a global organization to meet the group goals  Specialized as a change agent in Agile Acceleration Programs including implementing Agile Lifecycle Management tools such as Mingle, Rally, Information Radiators and driving Community of Practices (CoPs)  Trained about 500+ employees on various Agile concepts/roles and has always been the client’s most preferred trainer to conduct agile trainings from foundation to project-specific skills, leadership workshops and Agile overview to business and IT management.  Has been instrumental in Effective Team building, introducing various retrospective techniques, coaching on the art of writing user stories, Release Planning using Agile planning & estimation techniques  Assessed teams on the current state of agility including culture, process to identify opportunity for improvement.  Experience working with various layers of management.

Work experience

SolutionsIQ India Consulting Services Private Limited , Senior Agile Consultant
August 2015 - Present, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Currently, working as an Agile Coach with world’s most reputed online payments company.  Ensure seamless transition into Agile from non-agile methodologies  Ensure teams derive value from following Agile practices and deliver value by “Being Agile”  Ensure teams remain focused on the organizational goal throughout the transformation process  Work with teams to identify, manage and mitigate risks  Redesign some of the standard Scrum recommendations, as needed, to help teams discover success  Facilitate inter and intra team discussions, in the area of business, architecture, technical and process excellence  Guide teams in developing a Release plan, that is in line with organizational success  Coach individual team members and provide trainings to team members as needed  Promote an environment of collaboration within the team, leading to innovation

Cognizant Technology Solutions India Private Limited, Senior Agile Consultant
July 2012 - August 2015, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India
My role involves coaching teams in agile practices adoption, values and principles, conducting agile trainings, supporting adoption of backlog management tools, software engineering best practices,facilitating retrospections, mentoring scrum masters and working with the leadership team in rolling out / reviewing the strategy for agile transformation. Engaged with the Agile initiatives in the captive IT unit of Fortune 100 Global Auto Major.  Ensure seamless transition into Agile from non-agile methodologies  Engagement includes, working at level of individual programs and Projects by Consulting, Training and Coaching on the Agile and SAFe framework and ALM tool.  Facilitating various Sprint Ceremonies, Release planning sessions, Story Point estimation, User Story workshops.  Co-ordinate and facilitate formation of new sprint teams and coach them to become selforganizing teams.  Promote an environment of collaboration within team and coach individuals as required.  Then, furthering Enterprise Adoption by identification (and removal) of impediments, recommending additions to Agile tools and techniques, building organizational frameworks and contributing to process definition

Ericsson India Global Services Private Limited, Senior Verification Engineer, Scrum Master and Agile Evangelist
January 2009 - June 2012, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India
I was hired into Ericsson R&D unit Chennai as a verification engineer. Ericsson had started the agile transformation in India around 2011 and when I joined in Jan 2009, I was put into 2 days certified scrum master (CSM) course facilitated by the internal trainer. This was my first exposure to agile and scrum, consequently I had played multiple roles in the organization such as Scrum Master, Kanban Team Mentor before taking up the organizational wide agile coaching role which they termed it as "Agile Evangelist" Ericsson India Global Services Period: Jan 2009 – Jun 2012 Role: Agile Evangelist and Senior Verification Engineer Served as an Agile Evangelist / Coach for multiple products and 20+ teams in Ericsson R&D unit; started as a verification engineer in design maintenance team also playing the role of Kanban team facilitator, then moved into Product Customization team performing Scrum Master role, and later transitioned into fulltime Agile Evangelist role. Achievements include:  Supporting Agile transition in Chennai, with scrum coaching and established communities of practices (CoPs)  Brought-in Transparency in my Evangelist activities through Task Board to visualize & track all activities, Agile Team Mirrors to management to make the impediments visible Copyright © 2016 SolutionsIQ Inc. All rights reserved. Mahesh Varadharajan  Introducing various Retrospective Techniques  Coaching on writing Effective User Stories  Navigate Agile team through Scrum ceremonies.  Supported in creating organizational Agile Metrics/KPIs.  Help in facilitating Team Agility Assessments and identify continuous opportunity for improvement

Oracle Financial Services Software Private Limited, Associate Consultant
July 2007 - January 2009, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India
I joined Oracle Financial Services Software Ltd in July 2007, after completing my B.Tech in Information Technology. I joined as a fresher and served in the organization until January 2009. Deutsche Bank’s Central Payment Gateway Period: Jan 2008 – Jan 2009 Role: Associate Consultant db-eBridge AP (E3 Asia) is DB-SAIT (Deutsche Bank Sales & Advisory IT) project working as Onsite-Offshore model. E3Asia is a central payment gateway built in Singapore which services the requests of large corporations and facilitates DB to play the role of regional cash management bank. Achievements include:  Formulated Project co-ordination, work allocation to SIT team members, mentoring & resolving issues  Involved in reviewing Test plan, system documents, test cases and test procedures.  Involved in preparation of test design & test case specification.  Involved in System Integration testing, Load & Stress testing Oracle Flexcube Corporate: Banking Product related Services Period: Oct 2007- Jan 2008 Role: Associate Consultant  Product Related Services Group (PRSG) offered services to Oracle product – FLEXCUBE CORPORATE (FCC) which had simple 2-tier client/server architecture. PRSG team gets involved in both development and maintenance. Technologies used include Oracle 10G PL/SQL, Oracle Developer’s Suite.  Part of the off-shore team responsible for product Functionality Testing & Sanity Testing

 

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