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Venkata Kuppa

  

Enterprise Agile Coach, Johnson and Johnson

Location: New Jersey


Certifications

Certified ScrumMaster

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Biography

VENKATA R. KUPPA, CSM, PMI-ACP 1305 Hudson Cir. • Highland Park, NJ 08904 • 732-763-4218 (C) • VenkatKuppa@yahoo.com SDLC/Scrum/Kanban/Lean • Change Agent • Global Interactions • Transformation Coach • Thought Leadership Summary • A highly accomplished, award-winning, technology project management professional with International exposure in directing software architecture, solutions design, development and implementation functions. • Demonstrative skills in managing end-to-end software development life cycle (SDLC), Agile Project Life Cycle Management, and supervising onsite/offshore development/operations effort, including Transforming traditional project management to Agile • Excel at building, mentoring, motivating, and leading top performing internal and vendor teams. Possess exceptional communication and business comprehension skills. Core Competencies • Agile/Scrum/Lean/Kanban, Project & Program Management, SDLC, Resource Planning, Global Deployments Outsourcing / Offshore, Business Development, Budget Control, ERP, eCommerce, CRM, Direct Sales, Retail Banking, Health Care Management, Market Data Management and Learning Management Systems (LMS) Education • Certified ScrumMaster - 2013-2017 Scrum Alliance, Inc. • PG Diploma in Computer Applications, January 1989 - Indotronix Institute of Informatics, India • MS in Physics & Electronics, May 1988 - University of Bombay, India Awards • Leadership and Visionary Award from CEO, COA Network (2007) Technical Skills • MS Office Tools, VersionOne, JIRA, ER/Studio, Oracle, SQL Server, Crystal Reports, ASP, ASP.NET, VB.NET, C#, Python, Java, Visual Basic, C, COBOL, FoxPro Experience Sep 2015 – Present Johnson and Johnson, New Brunswick (265 Operating Companies in 60 countries) Enterprise Agile Coach • Transform and Engage Teams to adapt and practice Agile/Scrum philosophy Key Accomplishments: • Successful as Coach with a real-time mentoring and training Multi-site, projects/programs/portfolio teams to practice Agile methodologies. • Contributed to Coaches Community of Practice in Thought Leadership • Successfully integrated Compliance and Regulatory requirements within Scrum Framework. • Effectively mentored/motivated project teams to utilize their judgement on scrum framework • Achieved executive leadership buy-in on Agile principles and gathered necessary support for agile teams Selected Projects: • Enterprise Learning Management Program that includes IT and Non-IT teams - 18 value-streams and 12 teams • J&J Medical Device Co-Sell and Compensation Management within operating groups - 5 teams • J&J Pharma Field Reporting - 4 teams • Enterprise Global Integrated Data Management Grid - 5 teams • J&J Medical Device Product Life-cycle Management - 4 teams • J&J Medical Device Quality Complaints Tracking and approval workflow - 4 teams • J&J Consumer Supply Chain Data Migrate to Finance Data Warehouse - 8 teams Mar 2015 – Aug 2015 Synchronoss Technologies, Bridgewater, NJ - Client: Verizon Wireless Agile Coach/Trainer • Drive the Agile Transformation by uniting the business, technology, and management teams with client deliverables. Key Accomplishments: • Transformed 12 Feature teams from waterfall models to Agile/Scrum framework. • Conducted various interactive workshops sessions to deliver software by every individual (110+) of 12 Feature Teams, Scrum Masters, Product Owners, Functional Managers and Executive Leadership. • Team Coaching and ensured all Scrum ceremonies viz., Sprint Planning, Daily Standup, Sprint Review and Sprint Retrospective are conducted to their discipline for distributed teams from Bangalore, Dublin, NJ, PA and San Jose. • Trained the Product Owners and Scrum Masters to continuously groom the product backlog along with grooming user stories. • Motivated Product Owners to prepare Story Mapping and Program Level Sprint Roadmap as information radiators to Verizon Product Owners’ Team. • Introduced three levels of Scrum of Scrums for better integration, understand dependency and share impediments. • Proposed feature driven release planning and tracking to synch with mobile apps Selected Projects: • OEM Mobile Cloud App for Verizon customers Aug 2013 – Feb 2015 Bank of America Merrill Lynch, New York, NY Agile Coach • Responsible to implement Agile/Scrum methodologies and transform teams from traditional Project Management to Agile methodologies. Mentor and develop in-house Scrum Masters, guide Product Owners and feature teams on Agile/Scrum framework. Key Accomplishments: • Transformed traditional SDLC team to Agile/Scrum practices. • Conducted training sessions for Sr. Management on Agile methodologies from Management perspective • Serviced teams as Scrum Master, assist in developing story cards, support product backlog grooming and running sprint retrospectives. • Implemented Agile/Scrum framework for projects to including Sprint Roadmap, sprint anatomy, Product Backlog monitoring, Sprint Velocities, Daily Scrums, Burn-down charting, Sprint Planning/reviews and retrospective. • Introduced Sprint/Team Charters so that team can self-organize in managing Capacity. • Successful as a Coach to in-house Scrum Masters and teams in day-to-day practicing of Agile/Scrum framework Selected Project: • Risk Data Management Nov 2012 – July 2013 Department of Human Services - Little Rock, AR Master Scrum Master • Responsible to transform project teams to Scrum methodologies Key Accomplishments: • Trained feature teams and Product Owners on Scrum Framework including Sprint Planning, Daily Scrum, Sprint Review and Sprint Retrospective Ceremonies. Exclusive hands-on workshops for User Story techniques and Backlog Refinement for SMEs and Product Owners • Team Coach for internal Scrum Masters to ensure proper implementation of Scrum philosophy. Selected Project: Enrollment and Eligibility (part of Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare) COTS framework implementation July 2011 – Oct 2012 Citibank, New York, NY Project Management Consultant (Agile)/Agile Coach – Retail Banking • Responsible to introduce process improvement and DevOps using lean principles and agile methodologies in retail banking operations delivery group that includes Code Promotion, Planning Application Support, Change Management, and Production Support teams. Orchestrate production migration with the teams spread across the USA, Singapore, Hong Kong and India. Key Accomplishments: • Managed modified Scrum methodologies and lean process on DevOps within Operations Delivery Team. • Introduced Sprint Planning, Daily Scrum and Sprint Retrospective concepts and conducted respective ceremonies for better management of the Operations Delivery Group. • Successfully reduced deployment errors by 75% and deployment window to 3 hrs. from 8 hrs. Selected Project: • Integrated application for Banker and Teller in Retail Banking group May 2005 - July 2011 COA NETWORK, Piscataway, NJ Director of Projects & Offshore Development/Scrum Master & Scrum Coach • Responsible and accountable to learn, experiment and transition all project teams to Scrum Framework Key Accomplishments: • Implemented 30+ custom software solution projects using Scrum framework • Team Coach for 10+ teams on applying Scrum methodologies. Selected Projects: • Custom software on Direct Sales, spread across onshore-offshore teams for over 4 years • IP based IVR/Voice projects for 2 years 2002 – 2005 COA Network, Piscataway NJ • Project Manager to implement custom solutions in Direct Sales Marketing and Manage Offshore Teams 2000 – 2002 The Boston Group & Subsidiaries, Boston, US/India/Singapore/Malaysia • Offshore Development Center Head for e-learning solution in India, Singapore, Malaysia and Oman 1988 – 2000 Local Manufacturing Companies and Entrepreneur, Hyderabad, India Software Developer/Freelance Consultant/Project Manager • Software Developer and Project Manager of Material Requirement Planning, Payroll, and Accounting Applications Manufacturing Resource Planning, Production Planning for manufacturing firms. • Entrepreneur of Software Development company to develop and implement Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions

Work experience

Johnson and Johnson,
September 2015 - Present, , US
• Transform and Engage Teams to adapt and practice Agile/Scrum philosophy Key Accomplishments: • Successful as Coach with a real-time mentoring and training Multi-site, projects/programs/portfolio teams to practice Agile methodologies. • Contributed to Coaches Community of Practice in Thought Leadership • Successfully integrated Compliance and Regulatory requirements within Scrum Framework. • Effectively mentored/motivated project teams to utilize their judgement on scrum framework • Achieved executive leadership buy-in on Agile principles and gathered necessary support for agile teams Selected Projects: • Enterprise Learning Management Program that includes IT and Non-IT teams - 18 value-streams and 12 teams • J&J Medical Device Co-Sell and Compensation Management within operating groups - 5 teams • J&J Pharma Field Reporting - 4 teams • Enterprise Global Integrated Data Management Grid - 5 teams • J&J Medical Device Product Life-cycle Management - 4 teams • J&J Medical Device Quality Complaints Tracking and approval workflow - 4 teams • J&J Consumer Supply Chain Data Migrate to Finance Data Warehouse - 8 teams

Synchronoss Technologies, Agile Trainer/Coach
March 2015 - August 2015, , US
• Drive the Agile Transformation by uniting the business, technology, and management teams with client deliverables. Key Accomplishments: • Transformed 12 Feature teams from waterfall models to Agile/Scrum framework. • Conducted various interactive workshops sessions to deliver software by every individual (110+) of 12 Feature Teams, Scrum Masters, Product Owners, Functional Managers and Executive Leadership. • Team Coaching and ensured all Scrum ceremonies viz., Sprint Planning, Daily Standup, Sprint Review and Sprint Retrospective are conducted to their discipline for distributed teams from Bangalore, Dublin, NJ, PA and San Jose. • Trained the Product Owners and Scrum Masters to continuously groom the product backlog along with grooming user stories. • Motivated Product Owners to prepare Story Mapping and Program Level Sprint Roadmap as information radiators to Verizon Product Owners’ Team. • Introduced three levels of Scrum of Scrums for better integration, understand dependency and share impediments. • Proposed feature driven release planning and tracking to synch with mobile apps

Bank of America, Agile Coach/Project Manager
August 2013 - February 2015, New York City, New York, US
Responsible to implement Agile/Scrum methodologies and transition teams from traditional Project Management methodologies to Agile. Mentor and develop in-house Scrum Masters, guide Product Owners and feature teams on Agile/Scrum framework.

Engage Point, Master Scrum Master
November 2012 - July 2013, Little Rock, Arkansas, US
Implementation of Health Information Exchange, part of Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) for Department of Human Services, State of Arkansas.

Citi Group, Agile Project Manager
August 2011 - June 2013, Long Island City , New York, US
Introduce and manage agile methodologies in retail banking operations delivery group that includes Code Promotion, Planning Application Support, Change Management, and Production Support teams. Orchestrate production migration with the teams spread across the USA, Singapore, Hong Kong and India. Our role is to improve the Software Code migration from Lower environments to Production servers. The process followed before I took over was taking lot of hours and many issues. So the testing teams waiting for the code lost many hours. With my knowledge of process improvement and just implemented agile projects, I proposed, coached and implemented agile frameworks to manage the code migration within stipulated 4 hour window.

COA Network Inc, Scrum Master
May 2002 - July 2011, Piscataway, NJ, US
As Director of Projects, my role is to oversee offshore and onshore software development functions for a unified communications company and market leader in IVR/voice mail services with offices in US, Russia, and India. In 2007 our CEO, Paul Champaneria, approached me to introduce better software development practices to speed to market our software products, we researched out and found Scrum to be the ideal. However, there was hardly any information available nor major training facilities. With the help of 'Agile Software Development with Scrum (Series in Agile Software Development)' by Ken Schwaber & Mike Beedle, we just started learning and implementing what we learnt. But it was a disaster. Huge failure. We really did not know what we were doing. We then brought an external Scrum Master to help us out. With her help, we implemented few sprints and learned the lessons. Since then we never looked back.

 

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