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Rama Govardhana

  

Director, Agile Alliance Limited

Location: London, UK


Certifications

Certified Scrum Professional
Certified ScrumMaster

Credentials

Biography

Rama Govardhana

Summary:   

  • CTC & DBS Security Cleared.
  • Specialist in Agile Project/Programme/Delivery Management/Scaled Agile & coaching, 3rd Party and supplier Management and Business Analysis with knowledge of ITIL processes.
  • 17+ years of total commercial IT experience with 12 years in Agile projects/program delivery with strong Development & Testing background.
  • Delivered projects/programs with multiple scrum teams on client sites and offshore with delivery responsibility
  • Line management of direct reports of size 25 which included Scrum masters, Developers, Testers, BA’s, Architects, UX Designers.
  • Excellent Leadership, Communication, Presentation, Facilitation and Negotiation skills
  • A versatile consultant with a proven track record of delivering projects over 2 million with technical expertise in the area of software development, testing and leadership of in-house and third party teams for clients within the Airlines, Energy, Media, Telecom, Betting, Government, Public Sector, Defence, Finance, Real Estate, Diamond Trading industry sectors
  • Completed FCA’s mandatory Financial Services training on – Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorist Financing,
Anti-Bribery,
Data Protection, Fraud Prevention, Pension reforms & Market abuse
  • Energetic self-starter with excellent stakeholder management, team development, conflict resolution and negotiation skills.
  • Proficient in Agile (XP/Scrum) methods, Agile Coach in BDD/TDD, PRINCE2, Waterfall, V Model
  • Proficient in all phases of Software Development Lifecycle which includes Business Analysis, Development, Testing - end to end testing, system testing, stress and performance testing, unit testing, system integration testing and regression testing and Maintenance of very large enterprise solutions.
  • Proficient in writing, reviewing strategies, plans, project reports to stake holders and project board
  • Proficient in Leading/coaching/setting up new teams from scratch and excellent problem solving skills.

Education:

  • Masters in Engineering with majors in Software systems in June 1998 from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, 1998, India.
  • Bachelors in Technology with majors in Computer Science and Engineering in June 1996, India.

Certifications:

  1. Certified SCRUM Master/Practitioner (Scrum Alliance CSM & CSP)
  2. SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework) Certified Advanced Scrum master(SASM).
  3. PRINCE2.
  4. ISEB Practitioner Eq.(From QAI, USA)

Technical Skills:

Project Mgmt Tools    : Target Process, Rally, Agilo, Version one,  MS Project, Excel, Jira, Mingle

O.S.                              : AIX, UNIX, Linux, HP UNIX, Windows, SUN Solaris, Mac OS X 10.4x, Windows Vista, Ubuntu (Debian), LAMP stack,

                                        iOS

Languages                  : C#, No SQL, C, C++, HTML 5, XML, Java, Perl, VC++, VB 5.0, Ant, JavaScript, Laravel, PHP, AngularJS

Databases & others   : DB2, Oracle 8.0.3, MS SQL Server, VSTS, TFS 2012, Mongo DB

Test Tools                   : Selenium Grid/RC, Quality Center, QTP, Watir, Cucumber, JUnit, NUnit, Rational Clear Case, Bugzilla, Starteam, Test Complete, Team City, Appium

Other Tools                 : VSS, .Net2.0/3.5, VMware, NCover, SVN, Perforce, Hudson, Jenkins, Hadoop, TFS 2015, Visual Studio 2013, Ansible,

                                       Puppet, Chef, Docker. Maven, MS Azure, Amazon AWS cloud services.

Webservers                 : Websphere application server 5.0 (WAS 5.0), Swiki, Apache, Tomcat

CMS                             : Drupal, Sharepoint 2013

Consulting Career Summary:

Agile Alliance Limited, UK                                                                                                       Nov ‘11 until current

Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited  : Jan 2017 – Current

Role                                                 : Scrum Master/Agile Project Manager

Contribution                                  :

  • Scrum master managing two scrum teams developing native iOS Apps using Azure PaaS services with SQL server as backend. Building iPad mobility solutions for Airline Cabin crew.
    • Facilitating daily scrum meetings, sprint planning, release planning, backlog refinement and sprint retrospectives and sprint demo’s to stake holders and senior management.
    • Working closely with the Cabin crew management team and the Cabin crew staff.
    • Defined strategies for development/testing/change management and facilitated teams to adhere to the strategy.
    • Coaching the team with the agile approach.
    • Managing CAB reviews
    • Working in DevOps culture using toolset – VSTS, Release Manager, Power Shell, TDD, BDD, NUnit, GIT, Specflow, Appium.
    • Managing iPad device procurement & rollout plans.
    • Providing inputs into Steering committee & Cash committee meetings.
    • Monitoring and Tracking Capex/Opex budget.
    • Effective stakeholder management.
    • Facilitating BCP/DR discussions.
    • Facilitating Support handover for go-live.
    • Managing post go-live activities and production issues.

Esure Insurance Services Limited  : Feb 2016 – Dec 2016

Role                                                     : Scrum Master/Agile Delivery Manager & coach

Contribution                                     :

  • Consulting Scrum master for esure, managing two distributed scrum teams developing Laravel, AngularJS, Php based UI development, Java for middleware and Oracle for backend development. Building motor and home insurance applications for esure sales/underwriting/claims departments.
    • Facilitating digital transformation project/program from waterfall to Scaled agile using daily scrum of scrums, scrum meetings, sprint planning, release planning, backlog refinement and sprint retrospectives and sprint demo’s to stake holders and senior management.
    • Working closely with the Underwriters/Marketing & Sales teams.
    • Defined strategies for development/testing/change management and facilitated teams to adhere to the strategy.
    • Coaching the team with the agile approach.
    • Working in DevOps culture using toolset – Ansible, Docker, Jenkins, TDD, BDD, Maven, GIT, JUnit, Specflow, Sonar.

Just Retirement Financial Services:  Aug 2015 – Feb 2016

Role                                                     : Scrum Master/Agile Delivery Manager & coach

Contribution                                    :

  • Consulting Scrum master for Just Retirement a Financial Services Organization, managing two scrum teams of 8 each developing .Net/c# based pricing solutions for underwriters/Actuarial and MS Dynamics/GP 2013 based CRM solution for sales/Finance. This is to deliver solutions for Annuity & Equity release products & related financial Insurance services.
    • Facilitating daily scrum meetings, sprint planning, release planning, backlog refinement and sprint retrospectives and sprint demo’s to stake holders and senior management, Scrum of scrum meetings.
    • Building back office systems for Actuarial/Underwriting/Pricing solutions using .Net 4.5 & SQL server technologies
    • Implementation of budget 2014 changes to retirement options legislation.
    • Integrating JR systems with PrognoSys (underwriting system), GBST composer (Wealth management administration for flexible pension plans) & composerWeb (Interface for customers & advisors to administer portfolios) products for offering draw down product to customers which also uses Windward product for documents generation.
    • Building CRM solution for Sales using MS Dynamics 2013
    • Supporting TOMAS (The Open Market Annuity System) online systems based in Belfast
    • Supporting OAP (Online Annuity Planner), CRM integration using MS Biztalk technology
    • Working closely with the Financial Intermediaries/Actuaries/Underwriters/Marketing & Sales teams
    • Integration with Solvency 2 data warehouse and regulatory reporting system.
    • Release management of bi-weekly releases.                 
    • Defined strategies for development/testing/change management and facilitated teams to adhere to the strategy.
    • Coaching the team with the agile approach.
    • Working in DevOps culture using Microsoft toolset – VSTS, Release Manager, TDD, BDD, NUnit, Specflow.

London Metropolitan Police          : June 2014 – Current

Roles                                             : Scrum Master/Delivery Manager

Contribution                                    :

  • Consulting Scrum master/Delivery Manager managing two scrum teams developing HTML5/Cordova/Java applications for iOS devices and another team developing a Enterprise service bus using ActiveMQ, MongoDB (no SQL), Elastic search, Hadoop big data technologies at MetPolice, UK.
    • Coaching & Managing 2 scrum teams with 8 people in the team working 2 weeks sprint cycles involving development/maintenance/testing.
    • Managing dependencies effectively for the program delivery
    • Defined strategies for development/testing/change management and facilitated teams to adhere to the strategy.
    • Coaching the team with the agile approach using Scrum.
    • Managed Development and test team onsite.
    • Coached teams to transform from waterfall model of working to scrum approach.
    • Involved in defining project scope, goals and deliverables that support business goals in collaboration with stakeholders/Product Owners. 
    • Facilitated daily scrum meetings, sprint planning, release planning, and sprint retrospectives and sprint demo’s to stake holders and senior management.
    • Managed RAID logs using Agile project management tool Rally.
    • Liaise with product owner on an ongoing basis.
    • Effectively manage, delegate, escalate, and resolve issues and risks during project life cycle Identify and resolve issues and conflicts within the project team.
    • Plan, schedule and track project timelines, milestones and deliverables.
    • Develop and deliver progress reports, proposals, requirements documentation, and presentations.
    • Actively supported agile development methods and best practices
    • Helped to improve processes and procedures

 

BBC, UK                                          : Oct 2013 – May 2014

Roles                                              : Agile/Scrum Project Manager

Contribution                                   :

  • Consulting agile/scrum project manager/Scrum master managing two scrum teams developing iOS/Android mobile news apps at BBC, UK. Temporarily replacing some one going on maternity.
    • Coaching & Managing 2 scrum teams with 7 people in the team working 2 weeks sprint cycles involving development/maintenance/testing of mobile news applications using iOS, Android for BBC using Xcode, iOS SDK, Objective C, Test Flight, AWS, COSMOS, REST APIs, Android SDK, Java, Oracle
    • Managing dependencies effectively for the program delivery
    • Defined strategies for development/testing/change management and facilitated teams to adhere to the strategy.
    • Coaching the team with the agile approach using Scrum.
    • Managed Development and test team onsite.
    • Coached teams to transform from waterfall model of working to scrum approach.
    • Involved in defining project scope, goals and deliverables that support business goals in collaboration with stakeholders/Product Owners. 
    • Facilitated daily scrum meetings, sprint planning, release planning, and sprint retrospectives and sprint demo’s to stake holders and senior management.
    • Managed RAID logs using Agile project management tool Rally.
    • Liaise with product owner on an ongoing basis.
    • Effectively manage, delegate, escalate, and resolve issues and risks during project life cycle Identify and resolve issues and conflicts within the project team.
    • Plan, schedule and track project timelines, milestones and deliverables.
    • Develop and deliver progress reports, proposals, requirements documentation, and presentations.
    • Actively supported agile development methods and best practices
    • Helped to improve processes and procedures

BP International, UK: Mar 2013 – Sept 2013

Roles                                             : Lead Scrum master

Contribution                                   :

  • Consulting Lead Scrum master managing two distributed teams (onsite/offshore) at BP international to implement HROnline programme.
    • Coaching & Managing 2 scrum teams with 8 people in each team working 3 weeks sprint cycles involving development/testing of HROnine system for BP using Sharepoint 2013, C#, VSTS, TFS 2012, IIS.
    • Setup of two scrum teams from scratch starting with mobilisation phase of 4 weeks before starting sprint 0.
    • Helped BP setup Agile/Scrum environment for this project.
    • Working in distributed model (offshore-onsite model) along with other scrum master.
    • Working with offshore vendor.
    • Working closely with the infrastructure & BP Architecture team in setting up the project infrastructure.
    • Working in a matrix managed environment
    • Managing dependencies effectively for the program delivery by running scrum of scrums
    • Defined strategies for Scrum/development/testing and facilitated teams to adhere to the strategy.
    • Coaching the team with the agile approach using Scrum.
    • Managed Development and test teams.
    • Facilitated daily scrum meetings, sprint planning, weekly Scrum of scrums
    • Develop and deliver weekly progress reports.
    • Facilitating agile workshops & Demos with stake holders

 

Barclays Bank PLC, UK: Jan 2013 – Mar 2013

Roles                                             : Senior Scrum master/Agile Project Manager onsite at Barclays

Contribution                                   :

  • Consulting agile project manager/Scrum master managing two teams onsite at Barclays working for Northgate Arinso as contractor to implement oneHR programme.
    • Coaching & Managing 2 scrum teams with 7 people in the team working 3 weeks sprint cycles involving development/testing of oneHR system for Barclays using SAP ECC6, SAP Netweaver 7.3
    • Managing dependencies effectively for the program delivery
    • Defined strategies for Scrum/development/testing and facilitated teams to adhere to the strategy.
    • Coaching the team with the agile approach using Scrum.
    • Managed Development and test teams onsite.
    • Facilitated daily scrum meetings, sprint planning.
    • Develop and deliver progress reports.

 

BBC, UK: Feb 2012 – Dec 2012

Roles                                             : Scrum master/Technical Project manager

Contribution                                   :

  • Consulting senior agile project manager/Scrum master/coach managing two projects 1. a very large scale in house content management system for BBC World Services/Future media & 2. a very large B2B application for Red button syndication manager.
    • Coaching & Managing 2 scrum teams with 14 (7 each) people in the team working 2 weeks sprint cycles involving development/maintenance/testing of content management system for BBC world services using Java, Oracle, Perl, Cucumber, Calabash, XSPEC, XPROC and selenium, IIS
    • Managing dependencies effectively for the program delivery
    • Defined strategies for development/testing/change management and facilitated teams to adhere to the strategy.
    • Coaching the team with the agile approach using Scrum.
    • Managed Development and test teams onsite.
    • Coached teams to transform from waterfall model of working to scrum approach.
    • Involved in defining project scope, goals and deliverables that support business goals in collaboration with stakeholders/Product Owners. 
    • Facilitated daily scrum meetings, sprint planning, release planning, and sprint retrospectives and sprint demo’s to stake holders and senior management.
    • Managed RAID logs using Agile project management tool Rally.
    • Liaise with product owner on an ongoing basis.
    • Effectively manage, delegate, escalate, and resolve issues and risks during project life cycle Identify and resolve issues and conflicts within the project team.
    • Plan, schedule and track project timelines, milestones and deliverables.
    • Develop and deliver progress reports, proposals, requirements documentation, and presentations.
    • Actively supported agile development methods and best practices
    • Helped to improve processes and procedures

Smart Technologies Limited, UK                                                September ‘06 until Nov 2011

Betfair Plc, UK: Aug 2011 – Nov 2011

Roles                                             : Scrum master & Agile project manager

Contribution                                   :

  • Consulting Scrum master and agile project manager for a very large scale enterprise platform for Betfair Plc.
    • Managing 2 onsite scrum teams with 8 people in each team working 3 weeks sprint cycles involving implementation of Market manager & Wagering enterprise services using Java, .Net, Oracle, JETT, QTP, IIS
    • Inherited the teams from another project manager who was implementing traditional methods.
    • Defined strategies for development/testing/change management and facilitated teams to adhere to the strategy.
    • Coaching the team with the agile approach using Scrum.
    • Managed Development and test teams onsite.
    • Coached teams to transform from waterfall model of working to scrum approach.
    • Involved in defining project scope, goals and deliverables that support business goals in collaboration with stakeholders/Product Owners. 
    • Facilitated daily scrum meetings, Scrum of scrums, sprint planning, release planning, and sprint retrospectives and sprint demo’s to stake holders and senior management.
    • Managed RAID logs using Agile project management tool Rally.
    • Liaise with product owner on an ongoing basis.
    • Effectively manage, delegate, escalate, and resolve issues and risks during project life cycle Identify and resolve issues and conflicts within the project team.
    • Plan, schedule and track project timelines, milestones and deliverables.
    • Develop and deliver progress reports, proposals, requirements documentation, and presentations.
    • Actively supported agile development methods and best practices
    • Helped to improve processes and procedures

Centrica Plc, UK: May 2011 – Aug2011

Roles                                             : Lead scrum master and agile coach

Contribution                                   :

  • Consulting Senior scrum master and agile coach for a very large scale enterprise solution for Centrica Plc.
    • Managing 2 onsite scrum teams with a total of 8 people in each team working 3 weeks sprint cycles involving implementation of SAP HR system using SAP Netweaver 7.3, EHP 5, BI.
    • Built the teams from scratch starting with mobilization phase.
    • Defined strategies for development/testing/change management and facilitated teams to adhere to the strategy.
    • Coaching the team with the Enterprise agile approach using Scrum.
    • Managed Development and test teams onsite.
    • Coached teams to transform from waterfall model of working to scrum approach.
    • Involved in defining project scope, goals and deliverables that support business goals in collaboration with Product Owners. 
    • Used Scrum & Atern DSDM practices at program level to report to the project sponsors and stake holders.
    • Facilitated daily scrum meetings, Scrum of scrums, sprint planning, release planning, and sprint retrospectives and sprint demo’s to stake holders and senior management.
    • Managed RAID logs using Agile project management tool Mingle.
    • Liaise with 3rd parties on an ongoing basis.
    • Effectively manage, delegate, escalate, and resolve issues and risks during project life cycle Identify and resolve issues and conflicts within the project team.
    • Plan, schedule and track project timelines, milestones and deliverables.
    • Develop and deliver progress reports, proposals, requirements documentation, and presentations.
    • Actively supported agile development methods and best practices
    • Helped to improve processes and procedures

Yell Group, UK: Dec 2010 – May 2011

Roles                                             : Lead scrum master

CAPITA/Department for Education, UK: April 2010 – December 2010

Roles                                             : Lead scrum master/Scrum coach

BBC Worldwide, UK: Oct 2009 - April 2010

Roles                                             : Agile/Scrum Consultant

BBC Worldwide, UK: Oct 2008 - Oct 2009

Roles                                        : Agile/Scrum Consultant

Sportingbet Plc, UK: Mar 2008 - Sept 2008

Roles                                                   : Senior QA Manager and Scrum coach

Spinvox Ltd, UK: April 2007 - Mar 2008

Roles                                                   : Consulting automation and release manager

AOL Europe Ltd, UK: Sept 2006 – April 2007                                         

Roles                                                   : Consulting Test Architect and Scrum coach

Thoughtworks Ltd, UK                                                                         October ‘04 until Sept ‘06

Diamond Trading Company and Rightmove (Real Estate Management Industry): Sept 2005 – Sept 2006

Roles                                                   : Lead Agile Test/QA Consultant

Work experience

Agile Alliance Limited, Scrum Master
August 2004 - Present, London, GB
I am working as Scrum master and Agile coach since 2004. Currently on client site at Virgin Atlantic Airways.

 

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