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Integrating AGILE Practices with a Global Delivery Model


We invite you to the NASSCOM’s Quality Forum session on. “Integrating Agile Practices with a Global Delivery Model” at Hyderabad.

Agile development is getting increased attention from IT professionals all over the world. Agile practices help to overcome many of the challenges in traditional approaches with its emphasis on lightweight processes, flexibility to deal with changing business priorities, short delivery cycles, higher team collaboration, and a host of other benefits. It offers a fresh approach to businesses seeking greater agility in their software projects.

At the same time, global delivery with offshoring has become a very cost effective approach for many companies to develop software. Enterprises today seek to derive the dual benefit of cost effectiveness of offshoring and high responsiveness of Agile practices at the same time. This requires the offshore services companies to revisit their development approach and integrate some of the Agile approaches to be competitive.

However, while Agile practices deliver significant advantages when applied in the right context, they also add significant risks and challenges when the practices are applied in the wrong context.

So, the key question is, will Agile work in a global delivery model? In this session, we have experts share their experience in implementing Agile in a global delivery context for a wide range of engagements.

If the question is "can Agile be applied in an offshore model", the answer is a definite YES! Agile is a concept bound by set of values and principles. Provided you have a suitable environment, Agile practices can be applied irrespective of the location constraints. Offshore is no exception to this.

Participants will take away a comprehensive understanding of the best practices that are followed by successful practitioners.

We request you to block your calendar for this knowledge sharing event and look forward to receiving your confirmation & seeing you on 21st of June, 2012. Please do forward this invite to your colleagues in the Quality, Corporate Planning, Strategy departments.

0930 hrs – 1000 hrs
Registration / Tea & Coffee

1000 hrs – 1010 hrs
Welcome Note by Bidhan Kankate, Regional Director NASSCOM

1010 hrs – 1115 hrs
Keynote address by Mr. Heitor Roriz Filho from Brazil Agile Project Management and Coaching Specialist from Brazil

1115 hrs – 1130 hrs
Q&A Session

1130 hrs – 1245 hrs

Panel Discussion by:

  • Vishal Sharma, Director, Deloitte Consulting India – Chair of the panel
  • Lakshman Kapa, Practice Director, Microsoft
  • Hirdesh Singhal, Global Head, Project Management CoE, Mahindra Satyam
  • Chitra Kannanm, Associate Director, NTT Data
  • Durga Prasad Tekumudi, Senior Project Manager, Seneca Global

1245 hrs – 1300 hrs
Q&A Session

1300 hrs – 1400 hrs
Networking & Lunch

Mr. Heitor Roriz Filho,
Certified Scrum Trainer and Agile Coach

Mr. Heitor Roriz Filho is from São Paulo Area, Brazil. He has more than 17+ years experience in the IT industry as project manager and software developer. He is experienced in Introducing Scrum in a company, Project management with geographically decentralized teams and Using Scrum with pre-defined processes, based on RUP and CMMI.

He is fluent in English, German, Portuguese and Spanish. His interests are Management Training, Innovation Management and Funding.

Vishal Sharma
Deloitte Consulting India Pvt. Ltd.

Vishal Sharma leads the Systems Integration practice. He has over 15 years of experience in delivering transformational technology solutions for clients in Life Sciences Health Care, Telecom, Hi Tech, and Media industry sectors using Global Delivery models .In addition to helping clients solve their toughest business problems using established technologies, Vishal is also focused on the impact that emerging technologies will have on their business tomorrow. Vishal is deeply interested in the convergence of cloud, mobility and social computing technologies which have immense implications for client organizations.

Over the last 13 years with Deloitte Consulting, Vishal has served many fortune 500 clients and has held several leadership positions. He has a Bachelors in Technology from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Kanpur) and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM Calcutta). He lives in Hyderabad with his wife, Suruchi, and his two children, Satviki and Prakhar.

Lakshman Kapa
Practice Director,
Microsoft India

Lakshman Kapa has been leading “Support Services” practice incubated in GD at the beginning of FY12. The practice will play a key role in completing end to end story of Microsoft Services by offering solution support to customers. Lakshman is also accountable for driving the innovative Industrialized Services focus areas across GD.

Lakshman is known for incubating several functions in GD including PjM community, PMO, Delivery Excellence (Dx) and Project Management Excellence (PMX). He has been a key contributor towards GD CMMi journey. Most recently Lakshman spent couple of years in Dubai, driving GD business growth in MEA area.

Lakshman started his Microsoft career in Redmond as part of Finance IT. He later relocated to India to setup to incubate the team in India. Lakshman has been part of ExPo/HiPo programs in Microsoft, received Great People Great Performance (GPGP) and product SHIP IT awards.

A proud alumni of IIT, Chennai and is a post graduate in Mechanical Engineering, Lakshman started his career with TCS, Chennai. He later spent 6 years in USA coast to coast at Prudential, IBM Global Services and Silicon Valley start up.

A farmer by heritage, Lakshman loves spending time in paddy fields and mango farms. Lakshman plays and watches games of almost all varieties.

Hirdesh Singhal
Global Head - Project Management Center of Excellence,
Mahindra Satyam

Hirdesh has a successful track record of leading a Project Management Center of Excellence that yielded measurable, positive performance and business outcomes. He has experience in the design, implementation and execution of plans, programs and initiatives across complex organizations and multi-site geographies. He has led multiple initiatives in MSat and outside to make project delivery agile. He was also the program director to organize and manage agile conference in MSat – AgilePro. It helped MSat proliferate the best practices and get outside in perspective in agile. He has been coach and mentor to project and program practitioners.

Hirdesh was the Program Director for PMI India Conference 2009 and was awarded Top 40 under 40 Young Trainer 2009 Award from Training Magazine, USA. He is currently part of Management Advisory Group (MAG) for REP, PMI USA. He was also the Vice Chairman of Indian Society of Training & Development, Hyderabad Chapter.

Chithra Kannan
Associate Director,
NTT Data Inc.

Chithra Kannan is an Associate Director with NTT Data Inc. In her current role, she leads innovation and solution group of Emerging technologies team. Through this role, clients are provided innovative business process solutions through the use of latest technology - cloud computing, Enterprise collaboration.

In the past, she has lead and delivered multiple projects using methodologies like Water fall & Agile and in Global delivery model. As part of these implementations, she was involved in rolling out enterprise wide applications and was involved in all phases of the project and has closely worked with clients. She has in-depth understanding, practical knowledge and experience in implementing Agile projects in Global delivery model.

A master in Engineering from Indian Institute of Science, she has 14 years of experience in software industry and in multiple domains - manufacturing, Commercial, Communications.

Durga Tekumudi
Senior Project Manager,
Seneca Global IT Services Pvt.Ltd.

Durga Tekumudi leads the Java and Open Source Delivery. He has over 15 years of experience in Managing, Architecting and Developing enterprise solutions for clients in Investment Banking, Wealth Management, Transportation, Industrial automation and Telecom sectors. He has experience in agile project management, usage of tools, ICONIX process and utilizing best practices of global delivery processes, management methodologies from requirements definition through implementation and end-to-end delivery.

Durga spent several years with UBS Investment bank and being a Techno Functional, he focused on process improvement and process integration between operational groups and business units.

Prior to Seneca Global, Durga worked with Perot Systems, Satyam GE and Cybernet Microprocessor (I) Ltd. He has a Masters in Sciences (Technology-Optical Communication) from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad.

He lives in Hyderabad with his wife, Parvathy, and his two children, Jnana and Yashi.