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Avienaash Shiralige – Agile Coach, Trainer and Business Optimisation Consultant
Avienaash Shiralige

In 2005 I applied agile as a process on my projects. After implementing it on 7-8 projects I realized that this is a very natural way of doing things. There is Rhythm, Honesty, Openness, Transparency, Trust and Freedom to make my own decisions and to make mistakes and learn from it . This is what I want in whatever I work I do or Job I take up.

For me Agile is a way of life. Hence companies where I talk to, consulted earlier, I get only one BIG question, how I change my people mindset.

So my goal for this blog is to Demystify Agile, see and experience it in simple way.

Hence my workshops are filled with real life experiences, very interactive and sincere so that I get to touch each participant soul and mind.

When conducting these workshops, I focus on an organization’s specific needs, challenges and expertise level in Agile.

I live in Goa, India with my wife Rashmie and 2 daughters of 8.5 years and 6 months. Rashmie writes articles in the space of Creative and Natural learning for Kids. You can find her articles on her blog Mommy Labs.  We un-school our daughter Parinita. You can find her writings on TinkerEarth.

Explore the site and get to know me. Then, if you think I might be right for your organization, contact me. I would love to help you get started or get better with agile. Don’t forget to check feedback on my work by going to testimonials section.

Please write to me over email: avienaash@gmail.com or call me on Phone:+91-9158462733

My Corporate Profile….

  • 17+ years experience in the industry with last 6 years in leadership roles in product and service companies
  • Bootstrapping Teams/Business units from scratch.
  • Agile Consulting/Coaching different teams in India, Australia, Europe & US and conducted Agile/Scrum Coaching workshops.
  • Established vision-oriented high performance 100+ Distributed Scrum team.
  • Strong experience in executing projects in Waterfall and Agile and have played different leadership roles on Consulting, Delivery, HR Strategy, Sales and Marketing.
  • Defined and implemented HR/Recruitment strategies for building an Agile company and to get the cream of the crop on-board
  • Consumer Internet, E-Commerce (Go To Market strategy, User Acquisition, Monetize & Generate Revenue)
  • Helping organizations gain good foothold online, by devising online marketing, social media strategies, SEO etc.
  • You can check more about me on my LinkedIn profile.

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Shrikant Vashishtha – Technology Strategist, Speaker, Scrum/XP/Agile Coach and Trainer

Shrikant

While working in a very large (entailing around 200 people overall) distributed waterfall project in 2006 , it was quite usual to get into mess every now and then. As a result, in order to discuss the project issues, we used to have very long meetings within every 1-2 months. After spending whole day or more, the result used to be a big excel-sheet of issues project had.

If I look back, nothing ever happened on those issues considering the enormity of the issues themselves.

I used to wonder if there is any better way to do the same work. That investigation led me towards Agile and I started implementing some of the Agile practices in that project. Results were brilliant and from that time onwards I never looked back.

While working as a coach, we evolved some new practices and patterns which have been very useful for distributed projects.

My idea of Agile is not limited with just software implementation only but focused on bringing holistic improvements in the whole software delivery cycle. During last couple of years I have been involved for Enterprise Agile Transformation for one of the largest banks in Western Australia. We implemented Scaled Agile Framework and applied lean principles for the whole IT delivery life-cycle starting from project idea inception to software deployment in production.

As a coach, I have been involved in coaching both technical and non-technical Agile teams. From technical perspective, I specialise in conducting training and coaching sessions for Continuous Delivery, Agile Testing, TDD, DevOps, Continuous Integration and Distributed Agile practices. For non-technical groups, I focus on Lean principles, Kanban and Scrum methodology to come out with the best results.

I live in New Delhi region, India with my wife Shikha and 3 years old daughter Suhani. I also write on self-development, fiction and philosophy.
Please write to me over email: vashishtha.sk@gmail.com

My corporate profile….

  • 14+ years experience in the software industry with 5 years in technology leadership roles.
  • Blogs on Agile, Scrum, XP and Agile Testing – Sampreshan, Agile Buddha – Testing, Agile Buddha.
  • Agile Consulting/Coaching for teams in Australia, USA, Hong Kong, Singapore, Netherlands and France.
  • Published an article on Passion Driven Work – Passion Driven Work and Being Empowered – The Secret Sauce of Generating Value of 1000 People from 50-People Startup.
  • Published articles in online publications like javaworld.com and OnJava.com.
  • Open Source contribution - http://github.com/vashishthask.
  • Provided technical leadership to very large distributed software projects involving 120-200 people.
  • Presented in Agile conferences like AgileIndia and AgileNCR on topics like Agile maintenance, distributed agile, Extreme Programming and Kanban.
  • Acted as crisis-resolver for many Agile projects through Agile coaching, collaboration and negotiations.
  • Passionate for defining corporate IT strategy and instrumental in creating organisational competencies for
    • Continuous Delivery
    • Mobile development (iOS, Android and Blackberry platforms)
    • Cloud computing – PaaS (GAE, CloudFoundry, RedHat-OpenShift), Amazon EC2, Amazon S3, private cloud
    • NoSQL (HBase and Casandra)
    • Hadoop
    • Grails
    • PHP5
    • HTML5
  • Specialties: Technology Strategy and Implementation, Distributed Agile, Agile Transformation
  • Take a look at my LinkedIn profile here

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saranya September 14, 2012 at 6:06 pm

I have attended agile scrum workshop of yours. I understood the agile and scrum process and thinking overall(Interested to learn more)
It was a very good session. Enjoyed learning. Initially I was thinking it is gonna be a boring session but you smashed everything.

Thanks

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Avienaash Shiralige September 21, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Thanks Saranya. I really did enjoy working with you all.

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Jeyaprakash Rajaram October 7, 2012 at 9:55 am

I really enjoyed your Agile Session last month Sep 2012 @ Chennai. Larger spectrum of agile methodology was covered in the session. The examples & videos provided in the sessions were excellent. –All the best Jeyaprakash Rajaram.

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Avienaash Shiralige October 8, 2012 at 10:17 am

Thanks Jeyaprakash.

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jeyaprakash rajaram October 23, 2012 at 7:24 pm

Hi Avienaash,

Good day!

I have few questions with me

1. Could you please suggest me good articles/ books or blog about Agile Lean concepts and how to adopt along with Agile scrum
2. Also i would like to know books and articles about how to adopt better hybrid agile methodologies
3. Case study for Enterprise agile & any Cost Savings and increase in ROI figures for reference.

Kindly share the details will be helpful.

With regards
JP

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Avienaash Shiralige October 24, 2012 at 11:31 am

Hello Jeyaprakash,

Go to the link http://www.poppendieck.com/. All the books written by her are great reads on Lean. Must read. You could read blogs by Jeff Sutherland, Ken Schwaber and my favorite Mike Cohn – Mountain goat software. Also read books by Mike Cohn, “Succeeding with Agile” and “Agile estimation and planning”.

Take a look at this case study. This may give some insights. http://jeffsutherland.com/SutherlandFullyDistributedScrumSFIndiaAgile2009.pdf

Hope this helps.

Thanks,

Avie

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bharat December 14, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Hi Avienaash

I am a business analyst, never experienced in agile projects but very curious to learn regarding the practices. Would like to connect with you regarding the course.
I would like to talk regarding “Who should attend?” & “Will you focus on business analysis documentation?” & “How business analysis practitioner plays a vital role throughout?”

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Avienaash Shiralige December 15, 2012 at 8:32 pm

Sure we can talk. Call me on Wednesday Dec 19th on my cell number 9811232733. I will be in Delhi then. We can talk.

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Bharat December 16, 2012 at 11:25 am

Hi Avienaash

Thanks!!! what will be the right time on Wednesday 19 Dec to connect with you?

Following you on FB, i hope to add extra miles to my journey with your feeds & updates.

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Avienaash Shiralige December 18, 2012 at 7:12 am

You can call me in the morning around 10AM.

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alisha January 30, 2013 at 11:25 am

Hi Avieneesh,
I have attended your training,it was wonderful. Now I wanted to get certified myself (CSM) From where can I get this done.I stay in delhi and I have tried and foundout that the validation for such certification is 2 yrs and after that again we have to certify??Is it true??Please help me out in this matter.
Thanks in advance

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Avienaash Shiralige February 2, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Hello Alisha,

I am glad you liked my training. Where are you currently working? Which training did you attend? Yeah CSM is valid for 2 years only. Then you need pay some money to renew it. You could find more details on scrum alliance. Also you need to go through a CSM training before you appear for exam.

Hope this helps.

Avienaash

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alisha February 5, 2013 at 9:24 am

Hi Avienaash,
Thanks for quick reply. I am working in Ericsson India. Just one small question the certification really matters??as per you just money and two days training gives you certification so all the people will go for it.Since you are also certified so do you also renew it after every two years? Hope you will clear my doubts.
Thanks

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Kiran September 30, 2013 at 3:04 pm

Hi Avienaash,

I work in an IT firm as a Product Owner and was keen to be CSP certified. Do you train folks to take the Scrum Alliances CSP exam? I used to be a programmer years back and have not written code for years now. Does CSP exam need one to write code or be deeply technical?

Your response is greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Kiran

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Avienaash Shiralige January 7, 2014 at 1:13 pm

Kiran,

CSP does not require you to write code. You have show your proven experience and knowledge in Scrum, Agile, Lean, XP etc. I don’t train anyone for any certification, but for implementing them in your organisation.

Avie

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