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Prajakta Thakur

  

Tata Consultancy Services Ltd

Location: Mumbai


Certifications

Certified Scrum Professional
Certified ScrumMaster
Certified Scrum Product Owner

Credentials


Groups I belong to

ScrumForAll

Biography

I am Prajakta Thakur. I have IT Industry experience of approx 10 years with Tata Consultancy Services Ltd, currently in the capacity of an Associate Consultant. I have been playing Product Owner role for last 3.5 years and have exposure to Scrum Methodology in varying capacities for last 5 years
I am MBA (Global) in IT Management from S. P. Jain Center of Management (Dubai/Singapore) and was Dean’s List Scholar for my batch

Proficient in Scrum Methodology Implementation, Requirement Gathering, Business Analysis, Business Process Improvement, Client Expectation Management, Documentation, Testing, User Training, I am Certified Scrum Master, Certified Scrum Product Owner and an Agile Scrum practitioner.

 I have executed several projects using Scrum in past 3.5 years. My objective has always been to develop products with quality, great usability and maximizing the ROI.

* Key responsibilities on my projects are 
-    Requirement Gathering, Backlog Grooming, User Story Creation
-    Business Analysis and Validations through User Interviews and Primary/Secondary research
-    Interacting closely with Business Sponsor Team for Prioritization and Requirement Gathering 
-    Managing Business interactions and Expectation Management
-    Facilitating Scrum Ceremonies like Release Planning, Sprint Planning, Daily Scrum, Sprint Reviews and Sprint Retrospectives. 
-    Explaining Requirements to the team and discussing User Stories with them to make the Acceptance Criteria wholistic 
-    Release Planning and Sprint Planning
-    Working with business team to maximize project ROI
-    Conducting Sprint Review and doing Acceptance Testing
-    Suggesting Business Process Improvements
-    Encouraging Project Teams to follow Engineering Practices
-    Preparing Test Strategies, Test Plans and ensuring quality control 
-    Ensuring end-end product delivery using Scrum Methodology 
-    Risk Identification and Mitigation
-    Ensuring compliance to IT Governance and IT Procedures, Policies and Guidelines
-    Project progress tracking through Velocity and Burndown Chart and monitoring deliveries
-    Preparing User Guides and conducting User Trainings

Agile Contributions:

- Over last 2 years, I have delivered many Scrum Overview Sessions and conducted Scrum Workshops for TCS Associates in collaboration with TCS Learning & Development team for teams across TCS, either in person or over video conference 

- At Agile Tour 2012, Pune, I got a chance to present on some of the Common Mistakes which product Owners do and ways to avoid those. Presentation => http://www.slideshare.net/IsecIndia/at2012punecommonmistakespoprajaktat

- I am an Agile enthusiast and have participated actively as part of organizing team for various Agile Events at TCS like Agile Cafe 2014, 2015, Agile Fest 2015

Work experience

Tata Consultancy Services Ltd, Associate Consultant
August 2005 - Present, Mumbai, Maharashtra, IN
I have IT Industry experience of approx 10 years with Tata Consultancy Services Ltd, currently in the capacity of an Associate Consultant. I have been playing Product Owner role for last 3.5 years and have exposure to Scrum Methodology in varying capacities for last 5 years Proficient in Scrum Methodology Implementation, Requirement Gathering, Business Analysis, Business Process Improvement, Client Expectation Management, Documentation, Testing, User Training, I am Certified Scrum Master, Certified Scrum Product Owner and an Agile Scrum practitioner. I have executed several projects using Scrum in past 3.5 years. My objective has always been to develop products with quality, great usability and maximizing the ROI. * Key responsibilities on my projects are - Requirement Gathering, Backlog Grooming, User Story Creation - Business Analysis and Validations through User Interviews and Primary/Secondary research - Interacting closely with Business Sponsor Team for Prioritization and Requirement Gathering - Managing Business interactions and Expectation Management - Facilitating Scrum Ceremonies like Release Planning, Sprint Planning, Daily Scrum, Sprint Reviews and Sprint Retrospectives. - Explaining Requirements to the team and discussing User Stories with them to make the Acceptance Criteria wholistic - Release Planning and Sprint Planning - Working with business team to maximize project ROI - Conducting Sprint Review and doing Acceptance Testing - Suggesting Business Process Improvements - Encouraging Project Teams to follow Engineering Practices - Preparing Test Strategies, Test Plans and ensuring quality control - Ensuring end-end product delivery using Scrum Methodology - Risk Identification and Mitigation - Ensuring compliance to IT Governance and IT Procedures, Policies and Guidelines - Project progress tracking through Velocity and Burndown Chart and monitoring deliveries - Preparing User Guides and conducting User Trainings

 

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