Program Manager @ CISCO Systems
My name is Venkateswaran NS; People do refer me as “Venkat”.
Venkateswaran NS is a Evolving change leader and a Program Manager leading the EDGE Portfolio and Agile Change Program at Cisco Systems, which is part of Cisco Collaboration Business (CTG). Venkat works in engineering operations with several engineers, product managers, engineering managers and executives to effectively scale and transform Unified Communications Technology Group (UCTG) within Cisco to Agile development practices.
Venkat is a versatile, multilinguistic, artist, Yogic practitioner, fun & nature loving individual, who has solid global experience (both Agile & Waterfall) in defining and rolling out/delivering complex software projects/products in various domains like Telecom - Enterprise Networking, Digital Television - STB, Mobile Multimedia & consumer electronics in the IT Industry.
Previously, Venkat drove the transition from waterfall to agile development at Cisco Video Technologies, NXP Software, Philips and has been leading Agile teams in a variety of industries for nearly 7 years. He began his career as a Software Staff Engineer at Sony Corporation and is passionate about embedded technologies and tailoring agile solutions to improve software quality and time to market. He is a Certified SAFe Agilist, Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) and active member in several regional and international agile community gatherings.
Venkat has spoken at Agile India (2015, 2016), Discuss Agile (2015), and many Conferences within Cisco on a wide range of topics including organization transformation, agile development framework, lean release planning, self-formation models, agile project management etc...
An avid believer of agile, I trust agility is part of nature and thats why i am very much excited to practice agile and i believe that the agile attitude can change the world (to start with I, your team, workplace, organization, families, communities, the WORLD ....)
On personal front
I am happily married and blessed with a beautiful family.
I am an extrovert with positive attitude towards life. I enjoy travelling, indoor (carrom, foosball, shuttle...) and outdoor sports (cricket, Beach Volley Ball.... ), games. I believe in service (Member of Art of Living Foundation) to mankind and dream about leading a revolution for social cause and welfare.