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Syed Ali

  

Senior Project Manager, Florida Power & Light (FPL)

Location: Miami, FL, USA


Certifications

Certified Scrum Professional
Certified ScrumMaster

Credentials


Groups I belong to

South Florida SUG (SOFSUG)

Biography

Syed has more than 15 years of experience working as a technical resource or IT project manager. During his technical tenure, Syed has worked on many large and enterprise scaled projects for the financial, healthcare and hospitality industries. Syed has worked as both a team member and team lead. Syed has hands on experience working with and leading small to large sizes teams of developers and testers.

Syed started his journey as an IT Project manager in 2005. He has more than 10 years of experience as a senior IT project manager and leader. Syed has worked on many critical and visible projects for large organizations like Commercial Bank of Qatar, Mednax, Kerzner, Florida Virtual School and Independent Living Systems. To strengthen his project manager skills, Syed has gone through many trainings and certifications like PMP in 2005 and CSM in 2011. Syed is also an active member of PMI and Agile organizations and has participated in various seminars and conferences.

Syed has worked on and developed the policies and best practices for establishing PMO for clients. He has worked to establish IT PMO and effective agile teams to deliver successful projects for the business. Syed has been recognized as a highly professional and successful project manager in each of his many projects.

To cover verticals across the businesses, Syed has managed successful projects related to healthcare, financial, and hospitality enterprises. These projects have ranged in duration from one month to more than a year. The teams completing these projects vary in size from 2 developers to 30 developers. His strengths are leadership by example, project management by style, and teamwork by profession. Syed has developed many PMO documents which were implemented very successfully. In his previous job at Qatar, he designed a very simple and easy to use project tracking system. The system was highly appreciated by the users and higher management. Overall, Syed is the full package of seasoned project manager, consultant and leader.

Agile/Scrum Profile: Since 2010 Syed has used Agile/Scrum methodologies in almost all of his projects. When he studied this methodology and used in his first project, he became a big fan of this approach. He feels that it matches with his working style and personality. He is an active member of South Florida Agile Association and a certified scrum master since 2011. Recently, he got his CSP certification from Scrum Alliance. He has hands-on experience managing scrum teams, product backlogs, user stories, and rules of working under an agile approach.

Healthcare Experience: More than 3 years’ experience managing the projects for healthcare-related organizations such as Mednax/Pediatrix and Independent Living Systems.

Strengths:

  • Working exposure to manage a large/medium sized teams dealing with local/overseas parties and offshore development resources
  • Able to negotiate and manage outside vendors and external stakeholders
  • Excellent knowledge in managing multiple projects and teams
  • Self-motivated with good project management, interpersonal, and negotiation skills
  • Managing onshore/offshore IT Teams for project & software development.
  • Involvement in strategically planning for IT delivery that aligned with the business groups
  • Managing and maintaining project plans for budgeting, costing, staffing, scheduling, and implementing large scale projects.
  • Leading  technical teams in the software development life cycles
  • Taking part in the technical decisions for solution architectures
  • Capacity planning for existing and new resources for projects
  • Mentoring technical teams
  • Structuring and establishing PMO procedures and policies using templates and best practices

Education:

  • Bachelors Degree in Computer Sciences
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Sciences

Certifications:

  • Certified Project Management Professional(PMP) since 2005
  • Certified Scrum Practitioner (CSP) since 2014
  • Certified Scrum Master (CSM) since 2011
  • Microsoft Certified Trainer since 2012
  • Microsoft Certifications (MCSD.Net, MCAD.Net, MCSD, MCP) since 1999

Work experience

Florida Power & Light (FPL), Agile Project Manager
December 2015 - Present, Miami, FL, United States
Working as an agile project manager/scrum master.

AAJ Technologies, Scrum Master & Agile Practitioner
March 2011 - December 2015, Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States
Responsibilities include managing the projects which require custom development and implementation. My role is to work with clients and offshore development team as onshore agile project manager and client liaison.*

Commercial Bank of Qatar, Senior Agile Project Manager
April 2006 - February 2011, Doha, Doha, QA
Responsible for leading the internal and external technical project teams. Working with business users to finalize the requirements and then converting them to functional specifications. Managing vendor relationships from commercial negotiations to implementations. Responsible for end-to-end project management covering complete project life cycle. Responsible for resource planning Developing project plans, testing plans, production deployment plans, costing and budgeting plans.

AAJ Technologies, Project Manager
August 2000 - March 2006, Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States
On behalf of AAJ, I have worked as consultant for various AAJ’s clients. During my employment period at AAJ, I have been working as Software Engineer, Team Lead and Project Manager. I was involved in all the phases of project life cycle.

Chartac Business Services, Project Manager
March 1994 - November 1999, Lahore, Pakistan
Responsibilities included systems analysis, design, data modeling and developing decision support and online transaction applications per customer requirements. Most of the developed applications belong to the manufacturing and financial industry.

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