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Shivakanth Velishala


Agile Coach, Dolphin Solutions Inc

Location: Tampa, FL



Certified Scrum Professional
Certified Scrum Product Owner



Below is a short note about my achievements as Agile Transformation agent with various Fortune 500 companies . Work accolades: · Increased measurable velocity of a teams by 4x in a period of 8 weeks, 97% Business Features delivered during first release PI. · Increased time to market by 50% for New Business Intelligence Products · Helped organization save 40% cost with combination of Lean, Devops and Scaled Agile Practices · Worked on the projects that made to Gartner’s Magic Quadrant · Won Verizon CIO Award at Verizon for my contribution to Agile Transformation at Verizon · Major achievement as Change Agent were $ 50.76 Million by internal revenue in a year through introducing Agile, Lean and Kanban Practices. · Transitioned multiple projects and programs in Telecom, Financial, Insurance and Health Care domain from concept to Product launch and retirement as an Agile Change agent. Project value ranges from $ 3.28 Million to 100 Million. Professional accolades: · PMI has awarded with PMI-ACP certification for the contribution to Agile methodologies at New York in Nov, 2011 · Contributed to enhancements to PMI’s PMBOK v5 Scope Management in 2012 · Recognized by PMI for Volunteer support to Innovation and New Product Development Community in July, 2013 · Member of many honoree associations worldwide like Scrum Alliance, Agile Alliance, PMI, AIPMM, TMForum, etc. · Certified Product and Project Management Professional

Work experience

Dolphin Solution Inc, Agile Coach
September 2013 - Present, Orlando, Fl, United States

MACH, Agile Project Manager
January 2010 - August 2013, Tampa, FL, US

Agile Project Manager                                                                                                                                                  (Jan’ 10 till date)             


As an Agile Project Manager, managed product portfolio delivery comprising of multiple projects across distributed delivery centers in India, Europe and US


*      Responsible for establishing product line concept within Service Delivery Group and played a pivotal role in alignment of stakeholders ensuring planned software project deliveries. Achieved strong improvements in Quality, Cost and Schedule using Agile / SCRUM methodology.


*      To ensure yearly companywide product roadmap planning by aligning teams and experts towards a common strategic direction, achieved increased Revenue with strong process across strict prioritization.


*      Managing projects involving over 50 member teams.


*      Establish / reinforce visibility, predictability, interactivity, quality and productivity cross functions in product development.


*      Controlling risk management process, change management across product development process.


*      Manage multiple teams to define project tasks and resource requirements, develop and manage full scale project plans, budget and resource allocation, track and monitor project deliverables. Interlock across functions for Product Portfolio as well as drive the Change Management Control Process.


*      Establish reliable client relationships backed by strong delivery management practices

SCRUM Product Owner                                                                                                                                 (Jan’ 10 till date) 

*      Creating and Maintaining the Product Backlog.

*      Prioritizes and sequences the Backlog according to business value or ROI 

*      Assisting teams with the elaboration of Epics, Themes and Features into user stories that are granular enough to be achieved in a single sprint.

*      Conveying and sharing of the Vision and Goals at the beginning of every Release and Sprint.

*      Represented the customers, Business operations, interfaces and engages the customer.

*      Participating in the daily Scrums, Sprint Planning Meetings and Sprint Reviews and Retrospectives.

*      Inspecting the product progress at the end of every Sprint and had the complete authority to accept or reject work done and also provide feedback after pre-demos.

*      Can change the course of the project at the end of every Sprint 

*      Communicating the status to customers, Marketing and sales



Verizon, Product Owner
November 2007 - January 2010, Cary, North Carolina, US
Manage outstanding project items. Daily reports generated for various Workstreams resulting in the collection and update of all unresolved issues, risks and tasks. Workstreams include Data Migration, Implementation, Advanced Analytics, Interim & Sustain, and System Testing & UAT. Escalate items to the PMO as needed. Track Change Controls from submission to approval for audit and reporting purposes. Compile and report project milestones and slippages to program Sponsors on a weekly basis. Details extracted from master project plan. Solicit input from team members in the creation of project documentation including Software Definition documents, and Technical Specs. Prepare and archive documentation as required for Production, Disaster Recovery, Audit and Quality Reviews, Change Requests etc. Create and update project plans and coordinate individual project plans from the IT, Infrastructure, System Security and Testing Departments for consolidation with the global project plan. Monitor scheduled deliverables for delays and escalate issues as necessary to meet timelines. Publish a weekly status report to the global project managers and the program management office indicating tasks not started, on-schedule, behind schedule, at risk, etc. in addition to budget and resource information. Requirements / Functional Specifications Management: Assist in prototype development requiring consistency in pre-established GUI design and navigation rules Conduct data analysis for functional variances, exceptions and processing rules Responsible for Functional Specifications Document and signoff for all scheduled requirement deliverables Brainstorm content requirements and conduct data / chart requirement analysis with the business team for the various projects like IPv6, VoIP, EVDO and PiP solutions. Draft display page design and navigation rules for characteristics and constraints Assist in preparation of Statement of Work SOW for Various Projects for IT PMO. Assist in drafting Business rules in line with e-TOM (Enhanced Telecom Operations Map) Release Coordination / Management: Managed development for two critical releases end-to-end from requirements to production deployment Provide daily reporting on testing, integrated UAT, QA statuses and sign-off for the entire period of these two releases Check spec sufficiency and approve on defects, enhancements prior to packaging for each of the releases

Articles I've written

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