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Srinath Chandrasekharan


Associate General Manager - Consulting, HCL Technologies

Location: NOIDA(UP), India


Certified Scrum Professional
Certified ScrumMaster



Srinath Chandrasekharan is an Agile enthusiast,  Certified Scrum Professional and a Certified Scrum Master. He has over 17+ years of experience in the IT industry.

He has been working as an Agile coach/consultant/trainer for the last 7 + years in HCL with various teams helping implement/adopt Agile. He has also worked as Pseudo Scrum Master for some projects and helped them to inculcate the Scrum practices. The teams have been at various maturity levels ( beginners to experts) and he has learned along with them in this journey. He has also been actively training teams in his organization on the Scrum , Kanban, TDD, Estimation process. These include small sessions as well as a full day workshop including exercises, guidance to various teams to help them adopt and mature on Agile practices. Apart from this he has also contributed to creation of artifacts on Scrum in the Knowledge Management Portal in his organization.

 He started his career as a developer and moved on to project management area. Managing and leading delivery teams and interacting with client came next and he was successfully able to demonstrate technical and managerial capabilities in handling projects in development, testing and implementation areas to the client as well as the senior management. He then moved on to a role of a Systems Analyst for a short period of time before moving back to delivery. In this role, he was exposed to Agile as a methodology and then moved on to another organization where he is a key member of a group (Agile Center of Excellence) propagating Agile practices.

He is a keen learner and keeps himself updated on the Agile space by attending seminars and discussions. He has also presented in Scrum gatherings and contributed to Scrum Alliance in the form of articles.

He enjoys his spare time in the company of family, friends and watching movies (may not the be correct order :-) )


Work experience

HCL technologies, Group Manager - Consulting
September 2008 - Present, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India

Working as an Agile coach/ consultant/ Pseudo Scrum Master  in HCL with major responsibilities including
-- Training teams on Scrum based on CSM training
-- Training teams on focused areas like estimation, TDD, Testing etc
-- Mentoring teams to improve on Agile practices by working along with them  as Coach/ Pseudo Scrum Master
-- Assessing project state and helping them to improve
-- Participating and guiding team in planning
-- Helping team in estimation
-- Day-to-day monitoring of activities

Due to the structure of our group, we end up workng with multiple teams at the same time. All my experience in Agile has been with such teams and the role has always been of a Coach / Proxy Scrum Master.

HCL Technologies, Proxy Scrum Master
November 2012 - November 2012, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India

As a Proxy / Pseudo Scrum Master, my role was to work with the team in their location(in Chennai) and help them inculcate practices of Scrum. I was involved in Sprint Planning, Review and Retrospective during the 2 week period. In addition to this I was also involved in helping the Senior Management understand areas of Agile and Scrum in particular which would help them to become a more mature Agile Team

HCL Technologies, Proxy Scrum Master
April 2012 - April 2012, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India

In this role I was working with a team in our Chennai office and helping them to adopt Scrum Practices. The team had a Scrum Master from the client at onsite location and I was working as a counterpart to that person from Offshore. The week long exercise was focused on getting practices of Planning, Review and Retrospection explained and demonstrated to the team.

Articles I've written

Budgeting a Scrum Project in a Fluid Environment
Agile, and Scrum in particular, are buzzwords. Everyone wants to try out Scrum and reap its benefits. Clients (especially business clients) see a big advantage in not having to wait till all the requirements are carved in stone before starting a p...

When Do You Call Scrum "Scrum"?
As we all know, Agile and Scrum have become popular, and many development and maintenance projects are adopting Scrum to reap its benefits. In my organization, where we deal with multiple clients across different geographies with different organiz...

Should We Standardize Scrum?
In the last few years, Agile, and especially Scrum, has moved from the periphery of software development to the mainstream. Many organizations have already started to adopt Agile for all of their projects. Many of those who haven’t have plans to do so in the future. In this scenario, it is obvious to look at the challenges of scaling . . .


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