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Venkata Kavuri


Engineering Manager, HERE

Location: Chicago,IL/US


Certified Scrum Professional
Certified ScrumMaster
Certified Scrum Product Owner



Venkata Kavuri is an Engineering professional who is passionate about Strategy and Marketing areas. I have been focused on Computer Science field all my life in different methodology. I was curious about Agile methodologies and have started practising from 2010 and helped to convert lot of projects from Waterfall to Agile in my organization. As part of this journey I have acted predominatly as Product Owner (or) Chief Product Owner. As part of my Agile journey I did my CSPO and CSM certifications. I have also acted as Agile coach for internal teams with my experiences in Scrum. We practised Scrum and I have 3 teams who report to me. I have learned DOs and DONTs in Scrum teams as a Product Owner. I am mroe focused on Management of Agile teams and have dedicated Product Owners to al the 3 teams. I found it highly valuable to have Scrum implemented.  As I move towards my Leadership roles I will embrace the learnings from Agile methodologies.

Work experience

HERE, Engineering Manager
February 2012 - Present, Chicago, IL

Direct the activities of a software development function for software application enhancements and new
products. This position oversees the analysis, design, development, programming, debugging,
configuration, testing and modification of software enhancements and/or new products for internal or
customer applications. Establish operational objectives, work plans and delegates assignments to
subordinates. Provide leadership for multiple projects and teams (Design, Development, Test and
Release). Responsible for budgeting, administrative management, project estimation, and scheduling of
function projects. Provide performance management and career development for subordinates.
¯ Management responsibilities for engineering staff including day to day resource and performance
management, training and development
¯ Schedule quarterly project activities during design, development, testing, or release tasks
¯ Approve scope changes for projects
¯ Work closely with Product Management on requirements definition and analysis and project
planning tasks
,, Lead large projects during design, development, testing or release tasks
¯ Establish and manage department budget
¯ Project estimation and scheduling

Navteq, Lead Engineer
November 2009 - January 2012, Chicago, IL

Software design and review; software development of application or system components Requirements definition and analysis; unit testing of developed code Investigation and root cause analysis of software and system defects Managerial Track: day to day resource management and performance management; lead small projects during design, development, testing or release tasks Technical Track: design major components; provide technical leadership for design, code, test, build, or release tasks Ma

Navteq, Sr Engineer
August 2006 - October 2009, Chicago, IL
Analyze software specifications and architecture to determine system performance requirements Design and execute performance testing scripts Work with Agile teams to promote performance best practices early in development lifecycle Setup and configuration of testing tools, environment, and data Tune platform and application parameters in test environment for optimal performance Create performance analysis reports and review results with business and technical stakeholders Provide recommendations

Paradigm Infotech Inc, Engineer
February 2005 - July 2006, Columbia, Maryland, US
Design, develop, test, create and modify computer applications software and specialized utility programs in a web environment. Analyze user needs along with data gathered and develop solutions. Maintain & troubleshoot systems. Manage backup and security. Traveling & relocation may be required.


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