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Scrum Manager

New York City, NY, 11374
September 09, 2018

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Name:Abhinav Sharat Burla



Over 6+ years of experience in IT industry with 4+ years of experience as a Scrum master capable of delivering large-scale Web development and middle tier projects on time and on budget by effectively collaborating, facilitating, leading and coaching multiple Scrum teams.

Served as a Scrum Master with experience in project and task management, responsible for ensuring successful task completion within the scheduled timeframe consistent with the established scope of work to include technical and process solution and experience leading and facilitating multiple Scrum Teams simultaneously

Headed projects on SCRUM, Kanban, SAFe, and Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATDD), Test Driven Development (TDD), Continuous Testing, Automated Testing and Continuous Integration methodologies.

Expert in facilitating agile ceremonies including backlog grooming, iteration planning, daily stand-ups, retrospectives, release planning, etc

Assist Product Owner to prioritize Product Backlog Items (PBI), & facilitate meeting between Scrum teams

Support product owner by addressing issues, and as well protecting the team from external influence

Facilitated dependencies between other Scrum teams (Scrum of Scrums), third parties, and other non-Agile waterfall teams.

Excelled in guiding the work of technical teams. Articulated project goals and scope, translated business needs into technical terms.

Brilliant problem solving skills and proficient in managing diverse teams

Passionate about Agile/SAFe software development methodology and helping teams and organizations move from Waterfall to Scrum as well as scaled agile software development best practices.

Successfully implemented Lean/Agile mindset on specific programs that were ready for transformation

Mentored and built new Scrum teams for the effective use of Agile in product development and sustaining activities.

Experienced in providing guidance/oversight for release planning, including collaboration and communication with the operation's team to keep current on deployment readiness.

Profound knowledge of Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC), having thorough understanding of various phases such as Requirements gathering, Analysis/Design, Development and Testing.


SDLC Methodologies

Agile-Scrum, Waterfall-Scrum, Scrum(3Years), Kanban(1Year), SAFe(1Year), Lean-Agile Mindset, Waterfall, ATDD, TDD, Continuous Integration(CI)/Continues Delivery(CD)Continuous Testing, Pairing and Automated Testing

Business Skills

E-commerce, Change Management, Impact Analysis, JAD Sessions, Interviews, SWOT analysis, Project Planning, Project Scheduling, and Project Budgeting

Programming Languages

C, C++, Java, HTML, CSS, JavaScript and XML

Operating Systems

Windows XP/2003/2007, Unix, Linux, RHEL, HP-UNIX, AIX


SQL Server 2005/2008 R2, Oracle 9i/10g, MySQL, DB2

VersionControl System

Subversion (SVN), GIT, IBM Rational ClearCase

Build Tools


CI Tools

Hudson, Jenkins, Build Forge

Application Servers

Apache Tomcat, WebLogic, WebSphere, JBoss

Tracking Tools

Atlassian Jira, Remedy, ClearQuest

Other Software

Amazon Web Services, Docker, Kubernetes


Professional Scrum Master I

Certified since Dec 2016

Professional Scrum Product Owner I

Certified since Feb 2017

SAFe® 4 Agilist

Certified since Feb 2018

SAFe® 4 Advanced Scrum Master

Certified since Mar 2018

SAFe® 4 Product Owner/Product Manager

Certified since Mar 2018

AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate

Certified since May 2018


2010-2012 - MS - Master of Science, Computer Science and Information Technology, Fair Field, Connecticut

2005-2009 - B.Tech - Bachelors of Technology, Electronics & Communication Engineering, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU), Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India


Company: Centraprise Corp, Edison, NJ

Client: SouthWest Airlines, Dallas, TX Feb2015–Present

Position: Scrum Master

Roles and Responsibilities:

Have scheduled and facilitated Scrum Ceremonies (Daily standups, Sprint planning, Review and Retrospective)

Have assisted PO on release planning, evolve backlog items by reviewing and inspecting

Facilitated collaboration within team and product owner, and outside team whenever required and safeguarded team from external interference by allowing only what team needs

Coach and mentor team on adopting scrum principles, quality deliverables and self-organizing

Collaboration with other scrum masters to give values ads to organization on Scrum and teaching scrum principles to non-agile teams

Facilitate Team member’s allocations and drive project delivery to success

Motivate scrum team on right path to sprint goal by achieving definition of done for each sprint

To give metrics to stake holders by using Burn down chart, burn up chart, scrum board, etc

Protect scrum team from outside distractions, impediments or team conflicts and maintain focus on product backlog and project time lines.

Facilitated Scrum of Scrums

Educated and reinforced SAFe Agile framework to team members when needed as part of SAFe Agile pilot transformation program

Participate In PI planning protecting teams interest, relating dependencies and risks

Acting as a Scrum Master for an Agile teams within a Release Train

Worked with the RTE to drive the definition and refinement of the program and team backlogs

Attended team level SAFe events including with the Innovation Planning Sprints, Inspect & Adapt, and Quantitative analysis of Metrics.

Developed team & portfolio level metrics for leadership and stakeholders for better transparency and visibility.

Assisted in defect tracking and coordinated with developers to quickly resolve the defects associated with them.

Company: Centraprise Corp, Edison, NJ

Client1: Commonwealth of Massachusetts – Department Of Transitional Assistance,Boston,MA July2014–Jan2015

Position: Scrum Master

Facilitate Story estimation and help with detailed tasks creation. Used Jira to monitor and update task, generate burndown chart as well as scrum board.

Worked with product owners and scrum teams to groom stories in advance of each sprint

Help the scrum team finalizes Sprint Backlog during planning and communicate committed stories for the upcoming sprint to the Senior Management and other stakeholders.

Ensure that team vacations and holidays are reflected in available capacity/velocity and appropriate production and other support requirements are considered while determining the actual Sprint load.

Schedule and facilitate daily stand up meetings

Represent the team at the Scrum of Scrums (SoS) meeting to report progress. If deviating from the ideal burndown then communicate team's plan/commitment to get back to the line.

Report impediments for escalation identify and share risks/concerns for review at program level

Facilitate retrospective meetings at the end of each sprint - ensure highest priority retrospective points are followed up on and closed out

Participate in Release retrospective (Inspect and Adapt) and cross team retrospectives (if needed)

Shield the scrum team from outside influences and interferences to ensure that the team does not get distracted and stays focused on Sprint and Release Objectives.

Motivated the team to strive for continuous improvement by implementing action items identified during retrospectives, acquiring new skills - both technical and functional and increases velocity by getting increasingly efficient.

Been proactive in identifying dependencies on other teams for each release and drive meetings to discuss various dependencies and get these accepted in acceptable timelines.

Liaising with project teams in other parts of the world.

Company: Spartan Solutions Inc., Bartlett, TN

Client:PIZZA HUT, Plano, TX Mar2014–June2014 Position: Scrum Master

Roles and Responsibilities:

Function as Scrum Master working with the team to give appropriate estimates on product backlog items, remove impediment, ensuring the team is comfortable and sprints are completed on time.

Facilitated Sprint planning, Sprint retrospective, Sprint planning review & Sprint demo for Stakeholders.

Empower teams to self-organize and facilitate decision making during sprint planning sessions ensuring the commitments made are appropriate and uphold scrum principles

Serve as coach to help guide the team on how best to use Agile/Scrum Practices such as Pair Programming, Kanban boards and other tools needed to deliver quality software.

Provide an interactive environment for the team to suggest ideas, and work through problems with a view at solving problems as a team.

Protect the team from outside interference, removing impediments, and ensuring that the work is delivered as a team

Refining and continually redefining Agile Process for the department.

Coach Team members and train co-workers about the agile processes, and framework

Participated in the Agile/Scrum Community to continually improve agile processes within the organization.

Capture Metrics such as Sprint burndown, Velocity, Release burndown, & other metrics to measure overall team progress.

Collaborate with the Product Owner to understand the business priorities in upcoming sprints and able to impact beyond area of responsibility;

Lead team retrospectives and ensure key learning is incorporated into next sprint

Company: SVR Solutions Inc., Bartlett, TN

Client : TIAA-CREF, Charlotte, NC May2013–Feb2014

Position: Build and Release Engineer

Roles and Responsibilities:

Involved in Agile-Scrum Methodology

Involved in sprints and planned releases with the team using JIRA and Confluence.

Involved in implementing Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment Frame work

Provided Configuration Management and Build support for 5 different applications, built and deployed to the lower environments.

Worked in different environments such as DEV, ITEST, QA, and Production.

Branching and merging of the code base in Clearcase, SVN and GIT.

Used BuildForge, Jenkins as Continuous Integration tool.

Creating new build jobs in BuildForge.

Creating new build jobs, integration testing jobs, acceptance jobs,build promotion jobs and deploy jobs in Jenkins to automate the process.

Configured Build Pipeline views for upstream and downstream projects, configured Build Radiator views for Jenkins jobs.

Deploying Java Enterprise applications to Apache Tomcat application servers

Analyze and resolve compilation and deployment errors related to code development, branching, merging and building of source code.

Develop and enhance the automated configuration management system.

Maintain and enhance current build procedures for all software development projects.

Work with Product Release Managers and tech leads to deliver environments for release testing in a timely manner.

Debugging and troubleshooting environmental issues in development and quality assurance environments.

Responsible for setting up monitoring of stats and security for Dev and ITEST environments

Ensuring on a day to day basis environments are stable, facilitate coordination of environment needs across different development and testing teams.

Used Dash tool for Incident, Problem and Change Management Tracking

Managing and creating Change Requests and Service Requests for the Delivery Teams

Work with various development and operational teams.

Defining branching and merging strategies

Responsible for Creation, implementation, maintenance, and documentation of tools to support the automated build and deployment processes

Migrated Java applications from Legacy tool version control systems from clearcase to latest version control GIT

Migrated Legacy Continuous Integration tool from Buildforge to Jenkins

Implemented software security analysis tool Veracode, automated the upload of artifacts from each build to Veracode application from Jenkins,Buildforge

integration process.

Worked with HP Quality Center for Issue Tracking and monitoring.

Worked with the Architects on SDLC process being the owner of post development environments.

Coordinated the resources by working closely with Project Managers for the release and carried deployments and builds on various environments using Jenkins, Build Forge continuous integration tool.

Environment: ANT,MAVEN,GRADLE,IBM Rational Clearcase, SVN, GIT,Buildforge, Jenkins, Oracle, Apache Tomcat Web Server,Shell Script, Linux,AWS, JIRA, Confluence

Company:IGreensystems,Hyderabad June2009–July2010

Position: System Administrator

Roles and Responsibilities:

●Establishes system by planning and executing the selection, installation, configuration, and testing of web application server hardware, software, LANs and WANs.

●Maintains optimal system performance with system monitoring, analysis, and performance tuning.

●Involved in creating new users, groups and setup their home directories and appropriate access restrictions to software in the Active Directory environment and NIS domains.

●Troubleshoots system hardware, software, networks and operating system.

●Designs and runs system load/stress testing.

●Secures system by developing system access, monitoring, and controls.

●Establishes, tests and documents disaster recovery policies and procedures.

●Developed build and deployment processes.

●Developed and maintained integration and release processes.

●Developed and maintained UNIX/Perl/Ant scripts for build and release tasks.

●Responsible for building and releasing packages to Dev, Itest and QA Environments.

●Performing clean builds according to the schedule published for a given releases.

●Responsible for deleting the old deployed code and deploying the newly built code using Web Sphere IDE (Integrated Development Environment).

●Releasing code to testing regions or staging areas according to the schedule published.

Environment: Red Hat Linux 3/4, Solaris 9, Veritas volume manager, SSH, LVM, SVM, WebSphere Servers,ANT

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