Top 3%
Andra C.

Scrum Master

Outsourcing
17 years
Brasov, ROMANIA
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Why I'm Top 3%

  • Superior technical skills
  • English language proficiency
  • 17 years of industry experience
  • Proficient with agile scrum methods
  • Familiar with security and data privacy
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Leading Sportswear ManufacturerAugust 2021 - Present

Product Owner.
  • Participate collaboratively into the OKRs definition and refinement process.
  • Present OKRs to the Development Teams
  • Periodical product team alignment to ensure synchronization on the business priorities, activities & progress, roadblocks/issues, others.
  • Conduct analysis to collect and formalize business requirements (Functional specifications)
  • Write backlog epics and user stories based on the business requirements/functional specs
  • Define Acceptance Criteria and add them on the user stories
  • Facilitate Refinement sessions with the development Teams, to provide needed clarifications
  • Prioritize the items in the Product Backlog to best achieve goals and missions
  • Categorize and distribute the Backlog items to the respective Dev teams in order to optimize the output
  • Support Development Teams for any clarifications to optimize the value of the work
  • Participate to all scrum events, if needed
  • Regularly monitor and report progress on the Release Burn-down for the quarterly, monthly OKRs
  • Offer visibility to the Product manager over the technical constraints, risks (security, performance etc.) or dependencies
  • Align with scrum masters on teams’ risks, capacities, impediments etc.
  • Participate in Steering Committee meetings and prepare and present product progress related information
  • Collaborate with the technical team (architects, dev lead) to identify dependencies, risks and better anticipate timelines for deliverables 
  • Administrate Confluence structure and information
  • Support UATs and Go-live plans
  • Support collaboration with OPS team, ensure right priority of production issues with close collaboration with Tech lead and Sn. PO.

SKILLS
- Backlog Definition and Management
- Customer and Product Discovery
- Stakeholders Management
- Visibility on the product's progress
- User experience knowledge
- Facilitator, Moderator
- Arguing / Reasoning skills
- Product Launching
- Agile mindset
- Advanced knowledge about Scrum
- Ability to understand the technical aspects
- Continuous development
- Agile Estimation, Planning
- Self awareness
- Motivator
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Pentalog Products DevelopmentJanuary 2017 - December 2021

Product Owner (with a mix of Scrum Master role on one project) handling various initiatives inside the Pentalog Group:
  • Analysis and definition of a solution of a unified communication tool inside the group.
  • Gap Analysis of different Document Management System solutions to be implemented inside the Pentalog platform.
  • Managed the analysis and implementation of automation features into the SkillValue platform using Adobe Sign: from electronic signature workflow, agreement generation to contract signing. The Contract Flow automation helped boosting the Freelance Growth.
  • Managed the maintenance and new evolution for the Pentalog Price Catalog portal (a website that displayed commercial prices used by Pentalog and that listed Pentalog group profiles).
  • Managing the integration of Azure Active Directory as the platform’s unique identity and access management solution.
  • Managing the analysis and implementation of a new Skills Pricing System for the group.
  • Digitization and aggregation of Pentalog platform’s data using various Microsoft Azure solutions, such as: Azure Cognitive Search & Azure Data Factory.
  • Managing the development of low-code applications (in Rapid Application Development mode) that addressed different painpoints of the platform:
    - Price Catalog Administration tool.
    - Legal statements administration and automatic publishing tool.
    - Matching staffing needs inside the Pentalog group.
    - Optimizing work logging process.
    - Optimizing contracts extension processes.

Responsibilities:
  • Managing the Product Backlog.
  • Managing Product Roadmap and Releases.
  • Ensuring the Product Backlog and Roadmap are visible, transparent and clear.
  • Identifying the needs and painpoints of Pentalog users and platform and translating them into requirements and features.
  • Providing a good enough Product Backlog Items refinement for its easy understanding by the Development team but also for encouraging the Development Team to contribute to refinement.
  • Maintaining the feedback channels concerning product release and user scoring.
  • Monitoring the progress and plan for product release.
  • Looking out for product elements that provide greatest value to customers and business benefits.
  • Including 360˚ perspectives in decision making (marketing, sales, architecture and design, security, DevOps, data, technical debt, testing) so that the developed product meet and exceed the requirements of customers.
  • Providing regular reports to update management and stakeholders on product development operations.
  • Driving acceptance testing and usability tests.
  • Working closely with counterparts in Product Management and Technology Office to align on the vision, program backlog, and roadmap.
  • Working closely with Development teams to ensure the output is aligned with expectations.
  • Preparing and moderating sprint planning and sprint reviews sessions.
  • Managing stakeholders expectations and satisfaction in an Agile environment.
  • Creating, evaluating and adjusting internal processes.
  • Tracking and analytics setup.
  • One-on-One feedback meetings with members of the Development team.
  • Facilitating Scrum meetings.
  • Removing impediments for the team.
  • Ensuring Scrum framework & processes are well implemented.

Team size: 9 members.
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Project Manager - OSF Global ServicesFebruary 2012 - December 2016

Project Manager within a company providing services and consultancy for the IT domain.
  • Directing and managing the projects development from beginning to end, using Agile and PMI methodologies.
  • Definition of the project scope, goals and deliverables that support the business goals in collaboration with the senior management and stakeholders.
  • Identification of the needed resources and assignment of the individual responsibilities to the team leaders for their teams.
  • Planning and scheduling the projects timelines and milestones.
  • Developing and delivering progress reports, proposals, requirements documentation and presentations.
  • Determination of the frequency and content of status reports from the project team; analysis of results and troubleshooting of problem areas.
  • Proactive management of changes in the project scope, identification of potential crises and elaboration of contingency plans.
  • Keeping up to datethe client and the team with the project evolution and future directions.
  • Sending reports on tasks/project status to the top management.
  • Negotiation of reasonable deadlines, depending on the available resources and client requests.
  • Ensuring that the project documents are complete, current and stored appropriately.
  • Keeping a constant positive connection with the client.
  • Motivation of the team members and maintenance of an appropriate communication with the team.
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Technical Team Leader - IBM RomaniaJune 2009 - January 2012

Technical Team Leader within an American multinational company with a presence on computer hardware and software markets, providing infrastructure, hosting and consulting services in areas ranging from mainframe computers to nanotechnology.
  • Development of projects in the financial-banking and SME domain.
  • Delivering enterprise technical solutions (mostly using Java and J2EE technology) in accordance with the approved design specifications and allocated time.
  • Planning, assigning and tracking projects/tasks for the team.
  • Coordination of meetings with the product committee, project manager and functional management in order to discuss the project impediments, needed resources or issues/delays in completing the tasks.
  • Reviewing and assessing the methodologies used in line with the client’s needs by convoking meetings with the development team and the client after each major delivery (each time an important change request was made by the client).
  • Providing status reports of the team activities against the program plan or schedule.
  • Providing guidance to the team based on the management direction, and solving the interface and integration issues with the other teams involved in the project.
  • Ensuring that the deliverables are prepared in order to satisfy the project requirements and schedule.
  • Coordination of the review, presentation and release of design layouts, drawings ; analyzing and making other types of documentation.
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Software Developer - SIVECO RomaniaFebruary 2007 - May 2009

Software Developer for one of the most important providers and software integrators of ERP, eLearning, eHealth, eBusiness, eGovernment global solutions and turnkey projects from Romania.
  • Design of multi-tier architectures, development and maintenance of Java Web / Java Web Start applications.
  • Analysis of the user requirements and documentation of the functional mapping between the user requirements specifications and software applications.
  • Application design.
  • Development of user interfaces and client displays.
  • Development and delivery of software applications and modules.
  • Participation in software testing and structure design.
  • Team training (preparation of training materials, quality management).
  • Pilot run (data migration procedures, database installation).
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Software Developer - Linux Competency CenterFebruary 2005 - December 2006

IT Specialist / University Relations Representative within a company providing IT solutions and services.
  • Creation of the technical documentation and coordination the IT projects in collaboration with different universities.
  • Java web applications development.
  • Open source software customization.
  • Co-authoring and organizing the editing of a book intended for Computer Science Faculties in Romania: "DB2 UDB - Fundamentals and Administration".

My education and trainings

Master's Degree in IT Project Management, Faculty of Management and Business Administration - Bucharest University of Economic Studies. 2007 - 2009

Bachelor's Degree in Automatic Control and Applied Informatics, Faculty of Automatic Control and Computer Science - "Politehnica" University, Bucharest.2001 - 2006