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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 Security Cleared.
  • Specialist in Agile Project/Programme/Delivery Management, 3rd Party and supplier Management and Business Analysis with knowledge of ITIL processes.
  • 17 years of total commercial IT experience.
  • Managed multiple scrum teams of sizes 3 to 8 on client sites and offshore with delivery responsibility
  • Excellent Leadership, Communication, Presentation, Facilitation and Negotiation skills
  • A versatile consultant with a proven track record of delivering projects over 2 millions with technical expertise in the area of software development, testing and leadership of in-house and third party teams for clients within the Energy, Media, Telecom, Betting, Government, Public Sector, Defence, Finance, Real Estate, Diamond Trading industry sectors
  • 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 major in Software systems in June 1998 from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, 1998, India.
  • Bachelors in Technology with major in Computer Science and Engineering in June 1996, India.

Certifications:

  1. Ceritifed SCRUM Master/Practitioner (Scrum Alliance CSM & CSP)
  2. PRINCE2 Foundation.
  3. ISEB Practitioner Eq.(From QAI, USA)

Technical Skills:

Project Mgmt Tools    : 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

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

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, Drupal, PHP, Hudson, Jenkins

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

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

Sophos Plc, Oxford, UK: Oct 2004 – Sept 2005

Roles                                                     : Senior Test Manager

Contribution

IBM Global Services, India                                                                      Aug 2000 until Oct 2004

O2 Plc, UK (IBM GS, UK): Sept 2003 – Oct 2004

Roles                                                   : Delivery Manager       

IBM Hursley Park, UK: July 2002 – Sept 2003

Roles                                                   : Lead Test Consultant

IBM Visual Age C & C++ Compiler Components: Aug 2000 – July 2002

Client                                                   : IBM Toronto Lab, Canada.

Role                                                     : Lead Developer

BEL-CRL (Central Research Labs) (Permanent role)             January ‘98 until August 2000

Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation, GPS based Vehicle Tracking and Monitoring System using

                                                            GIS(Geographical Info. Systems): Dec 1999 – Aug 2000

Role                                                     : Developer

Single Radar Signal Tracker (SRT): Jan 1998 – Dec 1999

Client                                                   : Indian Navy

Role                                                     : Developer

Work experience

Agile Alliance Limited, Scrum Master
August 2006 - Present, London, GB
I am working as Scrum master and Agile coach since 2006. Currently on client site at London MetroPolitan police.

 

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