Ajibade Momolosho, Project Manager in Toronto, ON, Canada
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Ajibade Momolosho

Verified Expert  in Project Management

Agile Project Manager

Location
Toronto, ON, Canada
Toptal Member Since
October 14, 2020

Ajibade is a seasoned agile coach excelling in the financial services, insurance, software, startup, and telecom sectors. He has a proven track record in innovative product development and agile transformation across North America and EMEA. He is distinguished by a multitude of industry certifications, bolstered by a background in engineering and an MBA in project management. Ajibade is a catalyst for unparalleled success, committed to driving excellence within any team.

Project Highlights

Investorline Application for Self-directed and adviceDirect Clients
Launched seven Agile teams, led InvestorLine Aaps development from inception to 13 production releases that enabled self-directed clients with research, tips, and confidence-building tools, boosting morale, NPS, and speed to market

Expertise

Work Experience

Agile Coach

2023 - PRESENT
Sun Life Financial Canada
  • Served as the dedicated agile champion for Sun Life's Group Retirement Service (GRS); led the transformation of the GRS's Administration Hub/Agile Release Train, with 12 agile squads, using the SAFe framework.
  • Coached leaders, product owners, scrum masters, tech leads, and stakeholders across the GRS retirement platform, enabling the development and execution of vision, roadmaps, and backlogs.
  • Participated actively in the scrum of scrums, system demos, inspect and adapt sessions, and continuous improvement follow-up.
  • Played a pivotal role in cultivating a DevOps culture, establishing continuous delivery pipelines, and implementing infrastructure improvements. Integrated quality practices within 10 agile squads/teams.
  • Demonstrated mastery of Sun Life's Digital Enterprise scaling model, advancing business agility. Tracked DE adoption progress through assessments, health checks, and data analysis.
  • Collaborated with teams and stakeholders to define objectives and key results (OKRs) to drive value delivery, enhancing system flow through data-driven insights.
  • Fostered healthy interactions between GRS leaders and agile squads/teams and promoted visibility and feedback loops. Instilled a flow mindset, facilitating flow optimization.
  • Established an environment of continuous improvement and Agile/Scrum practice adoption, coaching teams on backlog prioritization and management to align with organizational objectives.
  • Delivered training and certifications across business units, enhancing Agile and SAFe practices, including leading SAFe, SAFe Product Owner/Product Manager, SAFe Advanced Scrum Master, and SAFe Release Train Engineer.

Agile Coach

2022 - 2023
BMO Bank of Montreal
  • Provided leadership and acted as a change catalyst for the adoption of the Agile mindset and associated behaviors within Data and Analytics (DnA).
  • Coached diverse product teams like DnA Marketplace, Corporate Applications Migration, and BIW2 Migration to excel in an accelerated delivery model, advancing BMO's Ambition 2025 and business objectives.
  • Led workshops and multiple trainings on Agile Mindset and Practices, Scrum Master Essential, Atlassian Jira and Confluence, and Product Owner Essential, and trained on new processes and behaviors.
  • Served as a trusted advisor, driving onboarding and training of new agile teams within BMO's Data and Analytics LOB. Supported audit planning and execution for approved DnA agile teams following BMO's Agile Standard Practices (ASP).
  • Acted as the prime subject matter expert for internal/external stakeholders within DnA.
  • Coached a wide range of roles, including scrum masters, product owners, developers, project managers, portfolio leaders, and executives, in agile methodologies, best practices, process optimization, and performance tracking.
  • Collaborated with technical leads, senior technology officers, and cloud platform experts to plan and create architectural runways, enabling the transition towards DevOps, continuous integration, and continuous deployment.
  • Supported the translation of data marketplace product goals into actionable product roadmaps and backlog items for agile teams, ensuring the regular delivery of prioritized business outcomes.
  • Offered invaluable advice and guidance to DnA for solution implementation, fostering a culture where team members and stakeholders were held accountable to uphold the values and behaviors inherent in Agile@BMO's accelerated delivery model.

Agile Coach

2021 - 2022
Sun Life Financial Canada
  • Collaborated with diverse stakeholders to evaluate and improve the agile maturity of a product team in Kanban and Scrum, implementing a coaching plan for transformation.
  • Led a value stream mapping workshop that streamlined operations, reduced waste, and enhanced operational efficiency within Sun Life's insurance and investment portfolios.
  • Guided teams and leaders in transitioning to and operating in scaled delivery environments using the Sunlife Digital Enterprise scaling model, fostering business agility.
  • Supported business and technology ownership in developing agile competencies for digital enterprise transformation, including roadmap and story map development.
  • Coached multiple Kanban and Scrum teams actively, facilitating agile ceremonies, cross-team collaboration, and competence development.
  • Developed instructional materials and content, including training workbooks, to promote agile knowledge and team competence.
  • Advocated for lean principles, emphasizing cycle time reduction, waste reduction, continuous integration, and collaboration between business and technology.
  • Collaborated with stakeholders to establish consistent metrics and KPIs to measure progress and effectiveness at different organizational levels.
  • Developed and monitored metrics to track Agile adoption and maturity, contributing to the overall Agile transformation within Digital Enterprise, Insurance, and Sun Life Distribution.
  • Supported the implementation of Sun Life Digital Enterprise agile operations, facilitating planning and coordination for quarterly increments and improving predictability.

Agile Coach

2019 - 2021
BMO Bank of Montreal
  • Spearheaded the adoption of an Agile mindset in DnA, driving cultural change.
  • Provided coaching to teams delivering key projects, achieving accelerated delivery aligned with BMO's Ambition 2025.
  • Led workshops and training sessions, enhancing team capabilities in Agile practices and tools.
  • Advised and guided DnA on solution implementation, ensuring alignment with the accelerated delivery model.
  • Coached various roles, including Scrum Masters, product owners, developers, and executives, optimizing processes and performance tracking.
  • Collaborated with senior leaders and technical experts in planning Architectural Runways for DevOps transformation.
  • Translated data marketplace goals into actionable roadmaps and user-story maps for Agile teams, ensuring regular prioritized outcomes.
  • Undertook multiple responsibilities as an Agile transformation coach within DnA, promoting Agile mindsets and supporting team set up.
  • Established measures and metrics to improve Agile software delivery, customer satisfaction, and team health in DnA. Assessed Agile health and maturity, developing improvement plans for multiple teams.
  • Fostered trust and collaboration among senior leaders in DnA. Worked with the BMO Agile Center of Excellence to promote appropriate Agile/DevOps tools.

Senior Scrum Master

2018 - 2019
Amdocs
  • Joined Amdocs as a scrum master and became the lead scrum master, supporting four scrum masters for Telia Finland, Cable Wireless, and Vodafone projects.
  • Created Amdocs' digital identity Agile delivery model and evangelized Agile across all projects in Canada, Germany, and Finland through training, workshops, a new team startup, and team mentoring.
  • Developed the agile primer training content and facilitated agile primer to teams across North America, Asia, and Europe.
  • Developed baseline assessment checklists to evaluate cross-team agile coaching needs, leading to increased productivity, team happiness, and increased senior leadership support.
  • Inspired and sustained Amdocs' organizational change towards agile delivery excellence by empowering teams, removing barriers, and ensuring people have the learning and development they need.

Scrum Master II

2018 - 2018
Toronto Dominion Bank (TD Bank)
  • Started the implementation of TD Agile across two teams (easy web agile factory and end-to-end investment journey) in the first week of resumption.
  • Guided the TD-accessible web Agile teams and product owners to about 45% improvement in the lead time from opportunity identification to production deployment, by improving technical excellence and creating a culture of relentless improvement.
  • Conducted kick-off workshops for Agile CoE across the bank and facilitated story mapping sessions for new and existing product development.
  • Supported two Agile development teams in creating a working agreement, the definition of ready, the definition of done, and sprint cadence, and provided an agile primer to all new team members according to the TD Agile approach.
  • Improved the positive overall well-being of team members, positive team dynamics, adoption and consistent use of agile techniques, tools, and standard practices, and a continuous flow of continually executed work.
  • Fostered a culture of collaboration and team-driven decisions by breaking down organizational silos and supported senior managers to function effectively as change agents.
  • Ensured sprint backlog replenishment by partnering with the agile team and product owners to provide sprint backlog has work decomposed to a story level; guided teams to pull their work within the boundaries of the team's historical velocity.

Scrum Master

2017 - 2018
Amdocs
  • Provided guidance and support to three scrum teams on UXP Agile practices for implementing ULM core application, ULM solutions, and LaunchPad POC projects.
  • Provided feedback and guidance to new agile teams, implemented team startup, created working agreements, provided walk-through sessions/workshops on agile hot topics, and periodically followed up with teams to promote agile maturity.
  • Created a 7-member self-managed team comprising QA, UI, UXD, and back-end developers for large enterprise POC projects; supported the team in creating team artifacts, cadence, and working agreement, the definition of ready, and the definition of done.
  • Established and facilitated Scrum events (sprint planning, daily standup, backlog grooming, sprint review/demo, and retrospective sessions).
  • Supported Agile incremental delivery using Jira for project issue creation (epics, story, task, and sub-task), release planning, sprint planning, story mapping, release and sprint reporting, cumulative flow reporting, and performance tracking.
  • Improved leadership buy-in to Agile adoption by enhancing communication of Agile business gains in customer satisfaction, cost efficiency, competitiveness, speed to market, predictability, visibility, and team autonomy.
  • Fostered effective communication across diverse audiences within and outside the development team (stakeholders and executives) while acting as a champion of Agile methodology.

Scrum Master

2016 - 2017
Royal Bank of Canada
  • Supported two scrum teams to deliver multiple releases of RBC Online Banking enhancement and maintenance projects.
  • Facilitated effective Scrum events, ensured continuous improvement across the release lifecycle, guided the online banking team in creating sprint commitment, and upheld sustainable and improved velocity.
  • Contributed to the successful transformation of the online banking maintenance project from the Waterfall delivery model to the Agile delivery approach.
  • Facilitated increasing agility and effectiveness in applying Scrum by working with other scrum masters and Agile CoEs.
  • Delivered the check image capabilities extension project from 90 days to seven years across bank, ATM, and mobile deposit channels.
  • Delivered payment project on MasterCard's new BIN with Moneris on time and at a continuously improved velocity.

General Manager- Enterprise Program

2015 - 2016
Bharti Airtel
  • Achieved a 55% increase in revenue by the successful delivery of multi-functional, multi-vendor, large B2B projects—fiber rollout, IT infrastructure deployment, VPN and leased circuits connectivity, and B2B customer contact center.
  • Created steering committees and a program board for managing all project-related risks and resolving issues with appropriate response plans in coordination with vendors—Huawei, Aviat Networks, Cisco, Nokia Networks, Ericsson, and external stakeholders.
  • Fostered effective collaboration and communication across stakeholders and advanced a win-win working relationship between the 34 regional teams and HQ by ensuring transparency and an inclusive approach to teamwork.
  • Provided change and transformational leadership to the successful transformation of a large Waterfall implementation of Airtel Enterprise Solutions delivery to Agile methodology using Scrum frameworks, SAFE, and Kanban.
  • Participated in the successful transformation of large enterprise MPLS connectivity from Waterfall to Agile using Kanban and Lean practices.
  • Increased the enterprise postpaid service net promoter score by 25% by renewed customer engagement, improved value creation, and speed of delivery.

Director of Engineering

2013 - 2015
Phase3 Telecom
  • Secured regulatory approval (National Communication Commission, Universal Service Provision Fund, and internal stakeholders) for national broadband expansion projects and funding for scope and solutions in partnership with vendors/OEM.
  • Achieved 45% customer growth and 38% revenue increase through the successful delivery of a simultaneous group of projects—broadband infrastructure, banking infrastructure connectivity, MPLS expansion project, and regional cable deployment project.
  • Established and maintained a network of consultants/pre-qualified service providers, aiding, and providing expertise to the field management team.
  • Conducted, in partnership with HR, the recruitment activities in the local market to identifying candidates and top talent in alignment with engineering program strategy.

Program Delivery Manager

2010 - 2013
Nokia Networks Saudi Arabia
  • Worked as a program delivery manager on a managed services program comprising optical network equipment, IP network, and service order delivery initiatives with project budgets ranging from $15 million to $25 million.
  • Increased Nokia Networks (formerly Alcatel-Lucent) footprint/market share in the Middle East by 126%.
  • Improved Mobily managed service account margin by 21% due to improved delivery speed, quick time to market, improved service assurance, and strong customer relationship management.
  • Improved customer satisfaction index by 84% through enhanced customer collaboration, improved defect cycle, enhanced communication, and proactive risk and issue management.
  • Awarded twice the Mobily prestigious certificate of recognition for consistent quality program delivery and excellent customer engagement in 2011 and 2012.
  • Supported marketing efforts for managed service pre-sales, including preparation of proposals, technical presentation, and contract negotiation that led to an award of a $6 million rollout project by STC.

Project Manager

2005 - 2010
Globacom
  • Worked as infrastructure project manager for SDH optics network rollout, Inter-MSC connectivity projects, compression equipment deployment projects, international gateway point-of-presence, and Glo-1 Submarine fiber optics cable deployment project.
  • Delivered multiple infrastructure projects for the connectivity of 16 telecom mobile switching centers.
  • Deployed optics metro connectivity for the 9,800 km of Glo-1 submarine optics fiber optics cable projects.
  • Developed the project plan, scope, budget, and schedule plan, identified and managed resource allocation with project budget ranges from $8 million to $35 million.
  • Achieved 18% cost savings by effective vendors and subcontractor management.
  • Rescued switching stations interconnectivity projects from slipping on scheduled commercial launch by enhanced risk identification and management, proactive issues management, stakeholder identification, and improved communication.

Investorline Application for Self-directed and adviceDirect Clients

https://www.bmo.com/investorline/self-directed/online-trading-platform/

Launched seven Agile teams, led InvestorLine Aaps development from inception to 13 production releases that enabled self-directed clients with research, tips, and confidence-building tools, boosting morale, NPS, and speed to market

The InvestorLine self-directed application is a sophisticated online trading platform granting users access to invest in various financial instruments, including stocks, mutual funds, and ETFs. This powerful tool arms self-directed clients with research, insights, and resources, instilling confidence in their trading decisions.

It combines the autonomy of self-directed investing with the added value of personalized advice and support, offering clients a unique and versatile investment experience.

With a robust team of 98 members, including seven agile teams and various extended teams, this initiative exemplified a high-profile endeavor. My role encompassed the full spectrum, from identifying opportunities and product discovery to MVP development and orchestrating both onshore and offshore teams. I conducted workshops and provided agile leadership to our team's product owners and change agents within the wealth management line of business.

This endeavor required close collaboration with fellow teams, delivery and technology leaders, and stakeholders from diverse lines of business and business partners. It's been a truly transformative and collaborative journey.
2012 - 2015

MBA in Project Management

Alliance Manchester Business School - England

2008 - 2009

Executive Certificate in Project Leadership

Cornell University - Ithaca, NY, USA

1995 - 2001

Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering

University of Ilorin - Nigeria

MARCH 2022 - PRESENT

Professional Scrum Master Level I (PSM I)

Scrum.org

FEBRUARY 2022 - PRESENT

Professional Scrum Master Level II (PSM II)

Scrum.org

AUGUST 2021 - FEBRUARY 2024

SAFe 6 Release Train Engineer

Scaled Agile

JULY 2021 - PRESENT

Kanban Management Professional (KMP)

Kanban University

MARCH 2021 - FEBRUARY 2024

SAFe 6 Practice Consultant ( SPC)

Scaled Agile

JUNE 2020 - JUNE 2023

AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate

AWS

DECEMBER 2019 - JUNE 2023

AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner

Amazon Web Services

DECEMBER 2018 - PRESENT

ICAgile-Agile Certified Coach (ICP-ACC)

The International Coaching for Agile (ICAgile)

NOVEMBER 2017 - OCTOBER 2021

SAFe 4 Agilist

Scaled Agile Inc.

FEBRUARY 2017 - FEBRUARY 2023

PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)

Project Management Institute (PMI)

JULY 2016 - PRESENT

ITIL Foundation Certification

Axelos

JUNE 2016 - OCTOBER 2022

Certified Scrum Master

Scrum Alliance

SEPTEMBER 2007 - SEPTEMBER 2023

Project Management Professional (PMP)

Project Management Institute (PMI)

Tools

Jira, Confluence, Bitbucket, Bamboo, Jenkins, Slack, Rally, Zoom, VPN, Atlassian Suite, Microsoft Project, Azure DevOps Services

Industry Expertise

Telecommunications, Banking & Finance, Digital Banking, Broadband

Paradigms

Kanban, Agile Project Management, Agile Product Management, Waterfall Delivery, Requirements Analysis, Implementation Project Management, Continuous Deployment, Servant Leadership, Scrum, XP, DevOps, Team Development, Agile, Continuous Integration (CI), Agile Leadership, Key Performance Metrics, Release Trains, Value Stream Identification, ITIL Continual Service Improvement (CSI), Azure DevOps

Platforms

Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Other

Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC), Offshore Team Management, Cross-functional Team Leadership, Product Management, Coaching, Incident Management, Problem Management, PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP), Certified ScrumMaster (CSM), Project Management Professional (PMP), Jira Administration, IT Project Management, Waterfall Methodology, Remote Team Leadership, Program Management, People Management, Project Management, Technical Program Management, Prototyping, Minimum Viable Product (MVP), Training Materials, Vendor Management, Cross-functional Collaboration, Startups, Release Train Engineer (RTE), AWS Certified Solution Architect, Solution Architecture, Discovery Workshops, Change Leadership, Creative Thinking, Scenario Analysis, Critical Thinking, Earned Value Management (EVM), Conflict Resolution, Engineering, Strategic Partnerships, Commercial Management, Strategic Supply Chain Management, Managerial Economics, Marketing, Project Tracking, Digital Project Management, Microsoft Teams, Clarity PPM, Cloud, Stakeholder Management, Project Scoping, Project Reporting, Team Management, Project Planning, Procurement, Communication Management, Project Development, Backlog Management, Value Proposition, Value Creation, Teamwork, Systems Thinking, Product Development, Business Agility, PI Planning, Agile Release Training, Lean Portfolio Management, Mentorship, Teaching, Facilitation, Amazon S3 (AWS S3), Amazon API Gateway, AWS Cloud Computing Services, Autoscaling, Fault Tolerance, Cost Control, AWS Well-Architected Framework, AWS Direct Connect, Client/Server Networking, Cloud Security, Service Delivery Management, IT Service Management (ITSM), Configuration Management, IT Helpdesk, Business Continuity, Opportunity Assessments, Managed Services, Product Marketing, Agile Coaching, User Experience (UX), Cloud Services, Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), Rapid Development, Project Portfolio Management Platforms, Scrum Master, Software QA, Agile Transformation, Scrum Coaching, CI/CD Pipelines, Legacy Software, Web Platforms, Agile Certified Practitioner, Portfolio Management, Strategy, IT Operations Management (ITOM), Customer Support, IT Services, Distributed Team Management, Enterprise Product Portfolios, Managed Service Providers (MSP), Scheduling, IT Projects, Scope Management, Quality Management, Technical Project Monitoring, Reporting, TeamGantt, BMC Remedy, Agile Scaling Frameworks, Value Stream Mapping, Kanban System Design, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), Technical Project Management, eCommerce, Business Analysis, Digital Transformation, Jira Align, Planview, Automation, Dashboard Design, Data, Web Applications, Agile DevOps, Global Maturity Assessment, Dashboard Development

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