L.A.Baalamurugan


B.E. (Comp. Sc. & Engg.), M.S. (Information Systems & Software Engg., Virginia, USA), Executive Program in Business Management (IIM-Calcutta)

Certified Scrum Master® (CSM), Professional Scrum Master I (PSM I), SAFe® Program Consultant (SPC) & Coach

 

Having spent 20+ years in the product development, I firmly believe Solution to problems of any size can be arrived at through a step by step approach much like how we learn in Agile.  The great opportunity to early adopt Agile/Scum practices as early as 2007 made me a good learner & follower of Agile/Scrum. My entrepreneurial journey taught me that Lean thinking is crucial and key to build products & businesses incrementally & successfully.

It’s great time for organizations and people to embrace Agile methodologies not just in software development but in every aspect of a business to continuously deliver value to customers. I am enjoying my journey being a SAFe® Program Consultant as a Change Agent in the Agile Transformation in companies and identifying opportunities to coach & develop people.

As an SPC, Bala can coach & certify on the following courses:

  • Leading SAFe® 4.5 (SAFe® Agilist)
  • SAFe® Scrum Master 4.5 (SSM)
  • SAFe® Advanced Scrum Master 4.5 (SASM)
  • SAFe® Product Owner/Product Manager 4.5 (POPM)
  • SAFe® Practitioner 4.5 (SP)
  • SAFe® DevOps Practitioner 4.5 (SDP)

Professional Experience    

Have coached & trained professionals on Scrum & SAFe® methodologies from following companies:

  • HP Software
  • Wipro
  • GE
  • IBM
  • Unisys
  • Vodafone
  • Atos
  • Maersk
  • Capgemini
  • Emirates Airlines
  • Dubai Airports
  • HCL Technologies
  • TCS
  • Cognizant
  • American Express
  • NIIT Technologies
  • Citi group
  • and more...

Co-founder & CEO @ Bookmytrainings.com Pvt. Ltd., Bengaluru, India (7+ years)
Established Bookmytrainings.com as an Entrepreneur along with 2 co-founders in 2011. Created a technology platform to support working professionals choose right training & certification courses towards their career growth. Built a large network of training companies & trainers across India & abroad. Developed the portal into India's #1 Training Marketplace & more than 10,000+ people have got certified through the portal till date. Bookmytrainings has supported more than 200 corporate clients through innovative training interventions.

R&D Program Manager @ Hewlett Packard Software, Bengaluru, India (2 years)
Implemented Scrum practices @ Program Level for a team of 75+ people spanning 8 scrum teams. The program was part of a Large Solution, which was driven from HP, Germany. Stakeholders, Product Marketing & Business Owners were from India, Germany & USA. Both the Solution as well as the program were using Scrum for product development & management. 

R&D Manager @ Hewlett Packard Software, Bengaluru, India (3 years)
Heavily contributed to the Development & Implementation of Product Roadmap in close association with Product Marketing team @ USA through customer visits, field surveys & feedbacks. Managed R&D teams of 20+ people working on Enterprise System Management Products used by many Fortune 500 companies across the world. Agile Transformation happened during this time in our group and we embraced Scrum framework for development. Was one of the early Scrum Master in the group.

Development Manager @ Manugistics Inc., USA (5 years)
Led the development of Demand Forecasting products within the Supply Chain Management Software suite for Retail Industry. Key clients directly supported include McDonalds-Germany, Woolworths-UK & Unilever-USA. Led the scaling/bench-marking efforts for the products @ IBM Benchmark Center, Poughkeepsie, NY, USA.

Consultant @ Perot Systems Inc., USA (2 years) & HCL Technologies, India (3 years)
Technical Lead in developing Rental Operations system for National Car Rental, USA. Supported installations across USA, Canada & Australia. Developed software products using Oracle/HP-UX for various companies in India. Experienced in all SDLC processes.