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Suman Guha


Product Manager, Red Hat Inc.

Location: Boston, USA


Certified ScrumMaster



With 10+ years of experience Suman has successfully deliver products for both B2C and B2B market, primarily in Cloud IaaS and PaaS, SaaS, Web and Mobile. Subject Matter Expertise in Cloud IaaS (AWS, OpenStack), PaaS, Agile, DevOps, Product Management, Program Management and Development. For over 3.5 years as Product Manager and PO I am leading Red Hat Certification strategy and roadmap in B2B. Supporting vast ecosystem of Cloud providers (200+ partners), OpenStack(IaaS) solution vendors, system integrator, NFV, Telcos, ISV Application, Management apps, VNF Applications, Storage & Network drivers certifications. I work to ensure partner products work on Red Hat products and platform and thus jointly partners and Red Hat can support it's customers. In the past I lead product development, teams as Principal Program Manager and Director of Technology. I hold successful track record of leading product roadmaps. Role involves to stay market driven, strategic, tactical in defining the "why", "what", "when" and team up with engineering to figure "how" to built. Hands on development and architectural experience in Public and Private Cloud (AWS, Azure and OpenStack), PaaS, Linux (RHEL, CentOS), Virtualization, Storage, Network, HA, Fault Tolerant, Distributed Computing, Microservices, Mobile, API, Web, Programming languages: Ruby, Python, Java, NodeJS, NoSQL and other web technologies. Currently I am interested in EvenDriven, Serverless Architectures, NoOps,. Other skills: PMP-Agile, Certified Scrum Master, DevOps, Scaled Agile, B2B and B2C engagements, Presales, Roadmap, Metrics, Customer feedback, Competitive Analysis, Market research, Use cases, Workflows, Architecture reviews, Partner Management.

Work experience

Red Hat Inc, Product Manager
August 2015 - Present, Westford, Massachusetts, United States
As Certification Product Owner, I am leading red hat certification platform for Network, Storage and Application. This involves end to end ownership of certification platform for Red Hat OpenStack (Network, Storage, Sahara, NFVi, VNF, Management Apps, Manila, Trove), Red Hat Ceph Storage and Red Hat Gluster Storage. I am responsible for defining requirements, maintaining product backlog participate in backlog grooming, sprint planning and packaging the features into product releases. Role involves close interaction with development managers, leads, product architects, and customers. At high level following are my responsibilities: +Conduct technology assessment +Analyze the competitive landscape +Maintain the product portfolio roadmap +Monitor and incorporating industry innovations +Creating Business Case, Proposals to get buy in of Executive Sponsors +Define user personas for individual products +Write product requirements and scenarios +Creating user stories, epics, themes, maintaining product backlog, as PO help the teams to define the sprint, aligning priorities with business needs. +Maintain a status dashboard for all portfolio products +Getting Engineering to execute on the planned roadmap +Collaborate Assist PMM, Director Product Strategy, Ecosystem, Alliance for successful launch and right messaging for Red Hat. Core Specialties: Linux, OpenStack, Networking, Storage, Virtualization, Container, PaaS, Public & Private Cloud, Test Frameworks, Tempest, Rally, CI/CD. Reporting to Director of BU

Red Hat, Engineering Program Manager
June 2013 - August 2015, Pune, MH, India
Successfully manage and coordinate complex, multiphased programs by guiding cross-functional teams to define, scope, plan, and deliver high-quality software Oversee all aspects of new and existing programs or projects from start to finish Act as the single point of contact for all program activities, schedule, and status Coordinate with cross-functional teams to facilitate product releases and report project status Develop and maintain the master plan and schedule for multiple product releases Develop and nurture key relationships with product management, development management, and quality engineering management Coordinate weekly team meetings Identify and resolve problems, gaps, and challenges in software engineering processes Foster an environment of collaboration, trust, and accountability for departmental and cross-functional teams

Castle Rock Research Corp (Worked for India Entity), Technical Director(Agile Coach)
February 2011 - May 2013, Bangalore, Karnataka, IN
• As an Agile Coach, was responsible for agile roll out, training, mentoring, coaching teams, stakeholders across the organization (India, Canada). • Was responsible for developing plan, provide estimates, project triple constraints, execute, monitor & control, identify risks, mitigate risks and effectively report status to all project stakeholders. • Responding to RFP, Project Charter, Project Management Plan, Forecasting Constraints(Scope, Cost, Time, Risk, Quality), Engineering Plan, Monitor & Control, Mentoring Engineering teams, Stakeholder Management, Procurement Management. • Implemented agile process/methodologies e.g. Scrum, Kanban, TDD, BDD, CI/CD. • Mentored engineering organization to drive increased agility, velocity, predictably, innovation, and quality. • Collaborated with Marketing, Sales and supported them on frequent basis for market requirement and customer feedback session. • Initiated and prioritized projects within engineering, track product development and develop product launch plans. • Facilitated re-working stages of engineering lifecycle - from initial research and discovery, quick iteration on promising concepts, solution prototyping and development, all the way through successful service roll out to audiences. • Engaged closely with the Engineering team to help determine the best technical implementation methods and reasonable execution schedules. • Maintained the complete product line along with the development life cycle of the product. • Owned complete release planning for the product line, cost benefit analysis of the release. • Developed Value proposition and positioning messages for the product. • Drove beta program to increase early adoption of the new versions of the product. Evangelized the product with internal stakeholders, field, key partners and customers.

Innozon, Technical Lead(Scrum Master)
July 2008 - February 2011, Hyderabad, IN
• Exhibited strong technical knowledge, leadership skills and independent execution. • Drove design, architecture discussion of complex features and owned development of these modules across the application stack. • Worked with agile teams with the ability to adapt to changing business and product needs. • Played a role of evangelist and true follower of good quality best practices (TDD, unit tests, CI). • Lead team in the design and operation scale as new features are added to the product • Mentored and Coached, development teams and ensures quality code output (via code reads, reading references, etc.) from them. • Was performing the role of Services Manager role for Product Implementation which required lot of efforts in coordination with customers and internal teams. • During this time I led multiple projects (Ruby on Rails, Python, Java) for domains in finance, social media, advertisement domain and was leading a team of 30. • Owned and facilitated the Scrum process across the business. • Refined development practices to increase velocity and improve efficiency. • Proactively communicating iteration risks/dependencies. • Bulldozed blockers and resolved conflicts to keep your team on task and at pace. • Reported information to ensure transparency into iteration progress.

Inisoft, Software Engineer
April 2007 - July 2008, Glasgow, Scotland, GB
Worked as Software Engineer .NET Framework. Developed web applications & web services.

Startup, Co-Founder
May 2004 - April 2007, , India
Sold the company to Singapore based firm. Started out on my own and hired my best friend Co-Founder. Played the role of CTO and recruit, define, engineer, sold product offerings.

Articles I've written

A Practical Guide: Story Points-Based Estimation
I imagine you have read many articles about story points-based estimation. Hence, instead of going over how it all works, I will try here to provide a practical guide for how to achieve it. . . .


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