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Sikunj Savaliya


Scrum Master



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Agile Gujarat, India


Sikunj Savaliya


- Scrum Master for geographically diversified team
- Agile practitioner for ~5.5 years + Technical Mentor
- MVP (Most Valuable Professional) twice back to back for 2013 @ SNL
- Won 2nd Position in Google Productivity contest held @ SNL 
- Handled clients of Fortune 30 companies
- Proven track record of 8+ years at various positions viz. SM, PM, APM, PL, TL, Sr. SE, SE
- Excellent Technical presentation skills (Delivered >15 technical presentations to fortune 500 clients)
- Worked as a substitute for Product Development Manager for 6 months, Team lead for 12 months 
- Highly analytic, well organized and flexible, able to multitask and meet deadlines


SNL Financial Nov 2009 - Apr 2014

- High-level grouping of responsibilities (broken down into tasks / activities, including scaling scrum)
- Organize and facilitate project planning, daily stand-up meetings, reviews, retrospectives, sprint and release planning, demos and other Scrum-related meetings
- Manage Sprint Backlog, Team Velocity, Sprint/Product Burn Down charts and shares with all stakeholders
- Coach team on Scrum best practices, participate proactively in developing and maintaining team standards & tools
- Responsible for enforcing the rules of Scrum, removing impediments from team while promoting self-management and constantly improving standards of work
- Communicate with other management, developers, product managers and technical support specialists on product issues
- Serve as liaison between technical and non-technical departments
- Maintain process documentation
- Actively participate in Scrum of Scrums

Planning & Estimation:
- Develop the overall plan for the project, ensuring that all tracks are effectively planned
- Undertake estimation of the project in terms of time and effectively utilizing skills
- Present alternative approaches for estimates and scope decisions that meet client’s objectives
- Negotiate scope changes to produce win-win results

Issue and Risk Management:
- Identify, quantify and track issues and risks in the project.
- Create and analyze reports on track status, issues and risks and report the major risks and issues to the Project leadership and stakeholders.
- Assess business impact of issues and risks to the project
- Derive and drive issue and risk resolution solutions to ensure effective delivery and mitigation of the business impact.
- Ensure that regular risk reviews of the project take place; prepare materials for risk review meetings.
- Support the team Leadership in effectively communicating the risks to the stakeholders
- etc.

Work experience

Fulcrum World Wide, Scrum Master, Project Manager
May 2014 - July 2015, Pune, MH, IN
- Developing Agile teams and converting them into a high performing team - Helping the team stay focused & organized - Ensuring the Scrum processes are followed - Create, distribute, and radiate Project Burndown, Team Velocity, and Sprint Burndown charts. - Understanding and communicating the impact of changes or new information on team velocity and their predictability - Finding unique ways to raise team morale

SNL Financial, Scrum Master, Project Manager
November 2009 - April 2015, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, IN
Scrum Master - Ensures that the team is fully functional and productive - Enables close cooperation across all roles and functions - Removes Impediments - Shields the team from external interference - Ensures that the process is followed, including issuing invitations to daily scrums, sprint reviews, and sprint planning - Facilitates the daily scrums - Mentor team Project Manager - Maintain emergency contact client list - Manage the Enhancement Life-cycle - Gather SQL Metrics on Enhancements - Manage Content System Projects - Maintain Company Rankings - Facilitate and Perform Data Backfills - Troubleshoot & Resolve System Issues - Manage Object / Lookup Life cycles - Manage Systems: Performance and Documentation - Test Content System Software - Manage the Deployment of Content Systems - Manage Middle-Tier Development Projects - Estimate Cost of Future Deficiencies & PRBs - Direct Product Development Activities - Communicate Product Initiatives to SNL Employees

Indusa Infotech Services, Software Engineer
July 2006 - April 2009, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, IN
Managerial: - Handled clients that ranked in top 30 Forbes list - Conducted more than 20 technical presentations to clients - Requirement Definition & Management - Effort & Cost Estimation - Product Set up and Stabilization - Assessments and Audits - Team Building, mentoring & evaluation - Execution Functional: - Complete SDLC life cycle (CMM Level 4) - Proposing overall product strategy - Providing support to IT groups (internal & external) - Optimizing overall life cycle by identifying loopholes. - Configuring, setting up and managing application servers and databases - Maintaining, testing and implementing concurrent products & projects - Handling relationship with different teams from Development to QA testing Technical: - Framework (.NET) 1.1, 2.0, 3.5 VS2005,VS2008 - MS SQL 2000, 2005 - Oracle 9i, 10g Domain:Business-data Intelligent Systems Worked at various positions (descending): 1. Product Manager (Off records) 2. Product Support Activities 3. Technical Presenter 4. Product Development 5. Software Engineer 6. Trainee Software Engineer


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