Associate Director, Projects, Digital Engagement Practice @ Cognizant Technology Solutions
location_on United Arab Emirates
Venkat has 17 years of IT experience with rich exposure in Program and Project Management using Agile Scrum, XP, Kanban & Traditional methodologies. As an Agile coach and practitioner, Venkat has led process formulation and adoption across large enterprise teams in his last 2 assignments. He has been an Agile Practitioner for the last 11+ years across various product development and product engineering roles.
Venkat is now an Associate Director with Cognizant. He currently manages the onsite delivery for a large Airline partner based out of UAE in their Agile & Digital Transformation. Prior to Cognizant, he was playing the role of Specialist - Portfolio Management at Sidra Medical & Research Center, a super-speciality hospital under construction in Doha, Qatar. In the role, reporting into the Manager-Portfolios, he was responsible for setting up the Portfolio Management processes as part of IT PMO. The challenging part was to bring in Agile also into the foray as the organization is moving through heavy change management in multiple areas other than IT.
During 2011-14, he was the head of the Program Management Office (Technology PMO) at InMobi. As a manager of a Portfolio, he was responsible for managing 100+ concurrent releases across 15 component scrum teams.
He has a good blend of agile exposure across product engineering, web development, enterprise application and platforms through his current and prior roles at AOL India and MindTree Ltd., Venkat is a SAFe Agilist, COBIT5 Foundation Certified IT Governance Professional, PMI-RMP (Risk Management), PMI-ACP (Agile Certified Practitioner), Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Scrum Master (CSM) & Certified Scrum Practitioner (CSP) and MCPM (Master Certificate in Project Management) from SP Jain, Mumbai. Venkat holds a Bachelor in Engineering (B.E), Masters from BITS, Pilani (MS) and an Executive General Management from IIM, Bangalore. Venkat is in the process of certifying CGEIT (Enterprise IT).
A continuous leaner and conference enthusiast, he also presented a paper on “Portfolio Management through Agile” at the PMI National Conference in Chennai in 2012. He was also the panelist at Sasken’s Project Management Day speaking on Agile and a power panel speaker at PMI Chennai’s Tamilnadu Conference 2013 about Agile PM delivering true value. He has also presented on Governance using Agile in the CII Project Managment Conference. Venkat was recently an invited speaker at Intel's Agile & Lean Summit. He also was the core team member of Agile India 2014 and presented on Scaling Agile at the conference on 26-Feb-14. He also was a speaker at the Agile India 2016 conference held at Bangalore, India.