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Raghu Angara, CSP, CSM, MBA


Principal - Agile Practice, Infosys Technologies

Location: Chicago, IL


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Raghu Angara

I have over 20 years experince in strategic planning, creating organizational & technology roadmaps, program management, business process management, establishing global development centers, product & solutions marketing, Agile evangelizing, and Technology & Management Consulting.

My experince encompasses industry verticals such as Banking, Energy (Natural Gas Distribution), Digital Navigation, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), e-business Exchanges, Education, Healthcare, Insurance, Telecomunications, Logistics, and Product Manufacturing.

My academic background is in Physics, Computer Sciences, and Business Administration with Marketing Concentration.

I like extreme sports like skydiving and motorcycle riding. I enjoy playing ping-pong, travelling and dancing.

I live in the Chicgloand area with my wife and two children. 

Work experience

Infosys Technologies, Agile Principal
June 2012 - Present, Chicago, IL
Senior Principal Consultant & Evangelist - Agile Practice -Develop Infosys' Agile model in global distributed environment -Develop & market Infosys' Agile practice in the Americas (North and South) -Mentor and Coach Infosys' employees into high performing self organized teams. Multipe Clients -------------------- Laid the roadmap and created a strategy for agile adoption at a global leader in Labelling ,Packaging Material and solutions for their Retail Branding & Solutions division - Coach, mentor, lead & guide executives sponsors and Agile stakeholders in their agile adoption - Planned, coordinated and led the release planning activities into sprint execution for first release Worked jointly for six months with Leading Agile to establish a Distributed Agile framework at a major banking institution in the US - Coached and mentored global teams in agile methods and practices - Built and developed a self organized agile team in a true distributed environment - Established Scrum rules and advanced practices such as TDD, CI & CD Worked with team of coaches from Rally in establishing distributed delivery platform in Agile environment for the banking institution - Setup the tools and environment for planing and executing using Scrum - Coached & trained multiple distributed teams in Scrum Principles and Agile practices - Defined scrum team roles and responsibilities - Setup scrum ceremonies with properly defined deliverables Agile coach for major retailers in the US, Mexico, and Switzerland - Coached and mentored in agile adoption procedures - Trained multiple teams in Agile, Scrum and Distributed agile practices - Trained teams in TDD, TA, and CI/CD Published multiple articles with Scrum Alliance

Nicor Gas (An AGL Resources Company), Management Consultant
April 2011 - April 2012, Naperville, IL, United States
Management Consultant -Led multiple energy compliance projects using structured methodologies, Scrum, and project management principles. -Led the initiative to re-engineer current ERP applications to PeopleSoft environment in an Agile environment. -Led the initiative to migrate existing case emergency Callout system using Agile processes. - Managed program forecasting & budgeting, resource utilization, stakeholder & client relationships for all project

Navteq-Nokia, Engineering Manager
January 2007 - March 2011, Chicago, IL, United States
Engineering Manager -Defined a 4-year strategy roadmap for $50 million dollar Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) digital map data products for automotive industry; and a 2-year strategy roadmap for $20 million dollar additional revenue generation for core map data products.  - Managed multiple projects under ADAS and Core Map using Scrum in a distributed environment

Angarain Corporation, Senior Consultant
June 2001 - December 2006, Aurora, IL, United States
Senior Consultant - Created a solutions strategy & roadmap for multi-million dollar enterprise re-engineering initiatives at Zurich North America (ZNA) and State Farm Insurance companies. - Created roadmap, project charter, budgets and resource utilization, risk management plans and rollout plans for release based iterations at ZNA and State Farm Insurance companies.  - Successfully led over 50-member distributed teams for delivery of high-visibility J2EE projects for Strategic and Enterprise Claims Legacy Systems at ZNA and State Farm Mutual Insurance companies respectively. - Planned and managed a $100M SBC’s VPMO program comprising of over 30 strategic eCommerce (J2EE) projects targeting areas such as Back Office, Billing, Sales Ordering & Support, Common services, and other Strategic areas. Also implemented 24x7 high availability customer service interface.

Cysive Inc, Sr. Project Manager
February 2000 - July 2001, Oakbrook Terrace, IL, United States
Sr. Project Manager - Senior Project Manager on a $1.6M automobile virtual inventory and sales project with personalized customer content management   - Senior Manager on an e-Commerce and B2B strategy-planning projects for Wards, Masterbrand Cabinets, McDonalds Corporation, etc

Informix Software, Senior Project Manager
November 1998 - February 2000, Downer's Grove, IL, United States
Senior Project Manager - Created a roadmap for development of a branded product for Informix’s e-Commerce suite and delivered the product successfully to be marketed as i.Sell.  - Planned,  managed and led large teams for development and delivery of projects featuring customized & personalized Java based e-Commerce solution for J.C.Whitney, american Medical Association and others.

Articles I've written

Face-Off: Marketing, Management, and Delivery
For decades there has been a growing conflict between the marketing end of an organization and the delivery side, especially in the software industry. Projections, Promises, and Profits versus Feasibility, Facts, and Fallacies. . . .

ScrumMaster, Get off Your High Horse
When ScrumMasters attempt to explain the concept of Agile and self-organized teams (and in the process also explain the role of management in an Agile environment), they are faced with comments such as, "ScrumMaster, get off your high horse."

Agile Batch Size
Agile Principle #8 says, "Agile processes promote sustainable development. The sponsors, developers, and users should be able to maintain a constant pace indefinitely." Many organizations have a difficult time understanding this. . . .

Agile Metrics
Metrics -- different things to different people, organizations, and cultures. However, the underlying focus of measurement is whether or not working software actually exists and is demonstrably suitable for its intended purpose. . . .

Agile Coaches
If we, as coaches, stop listening to ourselves all the time and tune our ears to people around us, we would learn a great deal about ourselves and our abilities as coaches.

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