Sivaram Athmakuri

Sivaram Athmakuri

Sivaram Athmakuri
Centre for Excellence in Project Management
location_on India

Member since 3 years


Sivaram Athmakuri

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Sivaram Athmakuri


Sivaram has over 19 years of IT experience. He is Senior Vice President in Centre for Excellence in Project Management. He was Past Assistant Vice President – Finance, PMI Chennai Chapter. He is a IPMA Level D Certified (from PMA), Certified PMP (Project Management Professional from PMI), PMI-ACP (Agile Certified Practitioner), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), IPMA Level D Certified (from PMA) and has extensive Technical & Managerial experience. He has played multiple roles such as Delivery Manager, Practice Manager, Project Manager, Solution Architect, Project Lead, Onsite/Offshore model.

He has played a vital role in Presales, Service Offerings & Center of Excellence in presenting/submitting innovative technical proposals/solutions and participated in Technical Defense programs with various Customers. He acted as Single Point of Contact with various technical sales teams, relationship teams, business development teams and customer representatives. He has managed large-sized teams in collaborative environment with multiple BUs and has taken key decisions in Resourcing. He worked/managed a range of Fixed Bid, Maintenance, Production support and T&M projects. He has experience in executing projects with standard process/methodologies SDLC, Scrum/Agile, ITIL and IS09001. He has attained Managerial Excellence Program - from Duke University, USA.

Training & Other Achievements

  • Speaker at “Regional Scrum alliance 2014”, Hyderabad
  • Speaker at “Agile Tour 2013, Chennai”
  • Conducted 50 Training sessions on Project Management Professional (certification) through PMI- Chennai & Satyam
  • Conducted 30 plus Online Webinars/Sessions on Project management Professional certification
  • Conducted 25 Training sessions on Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)
  • Co Trained 5 plus Certified Scrum Master Trainings
  • Conducted Technical Trainings for more than 70 fresher
  • Conduct Workshops/Coaching Agile Teams
  • Conducted Workshops on Totality of Project Management workshops
  • Conducted Workshops on Project Risk Management
  • Conducted Workshops on Microsoft Project Plan
  • Participated in more than 200 plus Proposal submissions
  • Achieved Runner award (among 400 plus participations from Satyam and TechMahindra) for innovative Solutions ExpLOT
  • Had more than 9 years of experience in Recruitment ( as Technical/Managerial member of Recruitment Panel)
  • Reviewer of book “Agile Project Management for Governments, Brian Wernham”
  • Author of a Chapter in book “ A Day in Life of a Project Manager”
  • Story evaluator of book “A Day in Life of a Project Manager
  • Contributed to book “ PMI-ACP excel with ease”, Pearson publications – 2nd Edition.( Draft- Yet to be published)
  • Contributed Relative Prioritization, NPV, ROI, IRR, Payback period topics to “PMI Agile Community of Practice” for PMI-ACP guide (Draft – Yet to be published)

Contributions to Project Management Community

  • Past Assistant Vice President - Finance, PMI Chennai Chapter
  • Volunteer at Tamilnadu Project management National Conference, 2013 event (PMI-Chennai) for Finance track
  • Volunteer at Tamilnadu Project management National Conference, 2012 event (PMI-Chennai) for Registration track
  • Volunteer at PMI National Conference 2012 event (PMI-Chennai) for Registration, Social Media and Technical Paper tracks
  • Volunteer at International Project Management Day 2012 event (USA)

Recent Career Experience

PRACTICE MANAGER – Maarga Systems Pvt. Ltd., Chennai


  • SPOC for Pre Sales team
  • Interact with Clients during Lead stage
  • Convert Leads as Opportunities by conducting Technical discussions with Customer
  • Propose Technical Solutions
  • Prepare Estimates
  • Respond to Proposals/Quotes
  • Prepare Detailed Project Plans
  • Work with Management on Resource Allocation
  • Mentor Project Leads during Project execution
  • Interact with Customer during Project execution
  • Report Management/Customers on Project Progress/Status
  • Identify, Mitigate & Handle Project Risks in timely manner
  • Align Deliverables as per Customer expectations
  • Handle Escalations from Customers
  • Handle Escalations from Team members
  • Handling Projects as per OTOBOS
  • Facilitate Interactions with Customer & Internal Accounts department on timely payments/invoicing
  • Negotiate with Customers/Management for Project Closures
  • Handle Change Control on Projects
  • Key role in gaining Customer Sign off on deliverables
  • Work with Management on Recruitments as per Business needs
  • Handle Staffing/Placement engagements
  • Work with HR on preparation of Training Plans
  • Actively Participate with Management on Strategic Plans
  • Handled 15 concurrent Projects
  • Handle Team of 30 people
  • Exposure to US/Canada/Gulf/European Customers
  • Handling Onsite, Offshore, Onsite-Offshore Projects

COMPETENCY PROJECT MANAGER – Satyam Computer Services Ltd


As Competency Project Manager in Center of Excellence (COE) are

  • Explore latest advancements on Lotus Notes related Products
  • Evaluate the latest product releases
  • Develop Proof Of Concepts (POCs)
  • Train Delivery Teams on various Technologies
  • Show Case the Solutions to Customers through Delivery Teams
  • Provide Promotional Material on CoE Activities
  • Respond to Proposals/Quotes
  • Handled Team of 15

POCs delivered

  • ExpLOT (Migration Tool/ Framework from Lotus Notes Other technologies)
  • KOL for Healthcare using IBM QuickR(Lotus)
  • Web services on Lotus Domino R7/R8
  • Composite Solutions on Lotus Domino R8
  • Mobile POC on Domino R8 (using Easy Sync pro)
  • Integration of IBM QuickR (J2EE) with ECM (Beta Partnership Initiative with IBM)

Trainings conducted / delivered

  • Application Development with features Lotus Notes R8
  • Web enabling Lotus Notes Client Applications
  • Application Development with Lotus Notes Client/Web for Fresher
  • Application Development using Lotus Domino.Doc
  • Project Management (for aspiring PMPs) – more than 10 sessions

Few Significant Clients

Directly interacted with the clients such as FIA, IFC (Division of World Bank), Singapore Polytechnic, World Bank, Reuters, Telco, BPL, Parryware Roca



Year of Passing

IPMA Level D Certificate from PMA


AgilePM Practitioner Certificate from APMG


AgilePM Foundation Certificate from APMG


Certificate In Project Risk Management from PMA


Certificate in Project Management (CIPM) from PMA


Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) from Scrum Alliance


Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) from Scrum Alliance


Certified Scrum Master(CSM) from Scrum Alliance


PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) from PMI


Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist : Microsoft Project 2010, Managing Projects


IBM WebSphere Portal Family Sales Mastery Test v1


Social Software and Unified Communications Sales Mastery v1


IBM Lotus Notes & Domino Sales Mastery Test v1


IBM Lotus Connections Technical Sales Mastery Test v1


IBM Lotus Quickr Technical Sales Mastery Test v1


Certified Lotus Professional (Application Development R8.5/7/6/5/4)

2010 - 1998

Project Management Professional (PMP) from PMI


Certified Lotus Professional (Application Development R8)


IBM Enterprise Developer WebSphere Studio V5.0


Enterprise Application Development with IBM WebSphere V 5.0


Enterprise Connectivity with J2EE 1.3 (from IBM)


Object-Oriented Analysis and Design using UML (from IBM)


Sun Certified Programmer for Java 2 Platform 1.4


Business Professional Programmer



Overall Experience History




Freelance Trainer (PMP, ACP, Scrum, MS Project 2010)


Aug 12 – till date

Center for Excellence in Project Management (CEPM) Pvt Ltd

Senior Vice President

Feb 2013 – Jun 2014

Center for Excellence in Project Management (CEPM) Pvt Ltd

Assistant Vice President

Feb 2013 – Jun 2014

Maarga Systems

Practice Manager

Aug 09 – Aug 12

Satyam Computer Services Ltd.,

Competency Project Manager

May 02 – Jul 09

Protégé Systems Limited

Team leader

July 01 – April 02

Domain Technologies Limited

Software Solution Provider

July 00 – June 01

Essential Technologies Limited

Programmer Analyst

March 99 – April 00

Dev Lotus Technology Center


Oct 95 – Dec 98