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Riyaz Lareef

  

IT Portfolio Manager, Sprint

Location: Plano, TX


Certifications

Certified Scrum Professional
Certified ScrumMaster
Certified Scrum Product Owner

Credentials

Biography

Riyaz Lareef is a Certified Scrum Master, Scrum Product Owner, and Six Sigma Green Belt with 20+ years of Information Technology & Industrial experience leveraging in-depth technical knowledge with sharp analytical and management skills in leading the development and implementation of software solutions. Adept at combining business-driven objectives with technology, creating strategic and tactical direction focused on result-oriented and process driven solutions. Experienced in people skills to promote professional development of skilled and multi-tiered staff. Expertly plan and coordinate multiple projects within quality standards, established deadlines, and budgetary requirements. Has reputation for leadership, customer-focus, team-building, people-skills, diligence, follow-through, dedication to quality outcomes, and managing cross functional teams. In addition, Riyaz Lareef has (i) Transitioned Sprint IT from traditional waterfall development into Agile/Scrum based development using Scaled Agile Framework for Enterprise (SAFe) framework. (ii) Executed portfolio management services including but not limited to strategic planning (six quarter plans), industry research with Gartner and Forrester, target state architecture (TSA) development and implementation, backlog creation and management at portfolio and project levels, agile release train (ART) management, supply and demand balance, etc. (iii) Mentored Requirements Managers and Business Consultants on Use Case (IBM-RUP) and Agile-Scrum (Epic/Feature/User Story) based requirements management. (iv) Mentored traditional Project Managers on Agile/Scrum methodology.

Work experience

Sprint, IT Portfolio Manager
October 2006 - Present, Plano, TX, United States
 Transitioned Sprint IT from traditional waterfall development into Agile/Scrum based development using Scaled Agile Framework for Enterprise (SAFe) framework.  Managed IT project pipeline (postpaid and prepaid) for Indirect and Direct Retail Sales channels, which has a combined system plan of appr. $30M per year for Desktop, Server, and Mobile (iOS and Android) based development  Managed business client and vendor relationships (Amdocs, IBM, NCR, etc.) to deliver projects from conception to warranty using various software development methods such as Agile (Scrum and Scaled Agile Framework), RUP, Feature Driven Development, etc.  Executed portfolio management services including but not limited to strategic planning (six quarter plans), industry research with Gartner and Forrester, target state architecture (TSA) development and implementation, backlog creation and management at portfolio and project levels, agile release train (ART) management, supply and demand balance, etc.  Mentored Requirements Managers on Use Case (IBM-RUP) and Agile-Scrum (Epic/Feature/User Story) based requirements management.  Developed training programs and boot camps to implement best practices across the requirements management community.  Provided “project management” and “business consulting” mentoring for the Sprint IT Project Managers and Business Consultants.  Managed a cross functional team delivery team to deliver a “Mobile Sales Application” (iOS/iPad based) for Sprint Nextel Stores.  Conducted Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA) and Six-Sigma analysis for Retail applications.  Developed “monitoring framework” for the retail apps to improve the surveillance, performance and availability.  Developed “get-well” plans to improve Production stability.  Developed Operational Metrics to illustrate the healthiness of retail systems to the clients.

 

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