Guilherme Motta, Project Manager in Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil
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Guilherme Motta

Verified Expert  in Project Management

Project Manager

Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil
Toptal Member Since
July 3, 2018

As an IT strategic management MBA graduate, Guilherme has demonstrated experience with agile software discovery and delivery initiatives playing a variety of roles: engineering manager, agile coach, project manager, iteration manager, developer, sysadmin, and DevOps engineer. Guilherme has worked for startups and Fortune 500 corporations on a variety of domains, mostly finance, eCommerce, media, and retail.

Work Experience

Agile Project Manager

2018 - PRESENT
  • Facilitated two-week remote workshops to gather product and project requirements.
  • Created a plan, updated stakeholders about progress, and delivered the project to production.
  • Managed teams of different sizes between two and ten FTEs.

Director of Engineering

2021 - 2023
  • Joined the team as a senior engineering manager and, after eight months was promoted to director of engineering. Managed software engineers, technical product managers, UI/UX designers, and SREs.
  • Helped the company bring its development in-house.
  • Helped the company grow from having 300 employees to 1,000 and a valuation of $600 million to $1.6 billion.

Agile Coach | Web Technologies Coordinator

2017 - 2018
  • Built distributed and collocated highly performant Agile teams.
  • Worked with three different core areas of the company (big data, videos, and platforms) to deliver its projects.
  • Ensured services, products, and platforms adhered to strong requirements around resilience, scalability, and performance.
  • Worked with a team responsible for building Mobile SDK's for IDM purposes, building native software for iOS, Android, and TV's and integrating with Facebook and Google as alternatives for login and authentication.
  • Contributed to setting team goals and objectives for each quarter and following up with its deliveries.
  • Expanded the engineering staff in the Porto Alegre office by 40%.

Enterprise Agile Coach

2015 - 2017
  • Formed agile software development teams and building a plan for rolling out new teams.
  • Considered each specific project context and focusing on continuous improvement.
  • Worked closely with four large Scrum teams, providing Agile training, shadowing Agile ceremonies, mentoring, and coaching.
  • Followed up and provided visibility regarding the Agile maturity.
  • Helped the organization evaluate and adapt in order to support the new WoW (sourcing, legal, finance, budgeting, PMO, and other cross areas).
  • Facilitated project inceptions maturing and understanding requirements, defining and prioritizing features and their respective MVPs.
  • Collaborated with multiple scrum masters, product owners, developers, BAs, QAs, and stakeholders.
  • Identified, recruited, and interviewed professionals for agile coach and scrum master positions.
  • Worked with teams who had the responsibility to develop mobile (using Kony framework and customizing with native code for Windows Phone, iOS, and Android), web applications and back-office software.

Agile Coach | Engineering Manager

2013 - 2015
  • Managed a team of senior Erlang developers that had end-to-end responsibility for a system that took purchases 24/7/365.
  • Held accountable for the performance of the team, created and maintained the system and business KPIs, backlog, team happiness, budget, salaries, and individual and team development plans.
  • Facilitated Agile team ceremonies, organizational communication and collaborated with internal and external stakeholders to deliver projects such as the launch of Klarna operations in the US.

Senior Consultant | Iteration Manager

2010 - 2013
  • Collaborated on many different projects, providing the right level of quality for the products and services our clients were building.
  • Worked with distributed teams in North and South America.
  • Gained hands-on experience with iteration management, DevOps and continuous delivery, quality assurance, and BDD (Ruby and Cucumber, Java and JBehave, and C# and SpecFlow).

Quality Assurance Analyst

2007 - 2010
  • Contributed to many different roles within the software development lifecycle, like quality assurance and business analysis, reviewing business requirements, and collaborating with stakeholders.
  • Executed security assessments and acted as a white hat hacker inside banks in South America and Africa.
  • Worked as a software engineer, wrote code, built automated suites of tests, and set up automated pipelines for testing and deployment.

C# Mobile Developer Intern

2006 - 2007
  • Developed mobile apps using the AppForge Crossfire framework, C#, and .NET.
  • Worked with extreme programming practices, continuous integration, pair programming, and other recurring activities to learn and grow our team knowledge.
  • Went to the client's site and installed and delivered the solution.

Agile Almanac Book 2: Programs with Multi and Virtual-Team Environments

Wrote a chapter and contributed to many other sections.

The Agile Almanac - Book 2 has been reviewed by Jeff Sutherland, Scott Ambler, Bas Vodde, and Dean Leffingwell's co-founder Drew Jemilo and Inbar Oren. They were generous beyond all expectations, helping us get the chapter on their approaches accurate and concise so you can quickly discern which one is the best fit for your needs.

Project Manager - eCommerce UX Review

Led a discovery process to map project objectives, personas, features, and journeys; helped the team deliver a 2-month MVP.

Acted as a facilitator during the discovery phase which we invested 2 weeks of part-time dedication among customer service team, CEO, and our cross-functional software development team.

After approval of the MVP scope and objectives, we delivered the project in 2 months.

Project Manager - Oil and Gas Legacy System Migration

Acted as a technical project manager, helping the team structure QA strategy, DevOps strategy, and delivery.

Acted as a hands-on technical project manager, structuring continuous integration server, deploy, backups in the cloud, managed team recurring meetings (daily standup, tech standup, planning, retrospective, and review).

Project Manager - Integration Between an Acquired Startup With a Large Enterprise

Acted as a project manager, helping the client to map business needs into requirements and helped the team with go live.

Managed an experienced software development team composed of four developers, one QA, and on-demand infrastructure and UX who built restful APIs with a customer-facing front-end and an admin interface for configuration purposes. The client was one of the largest hotel groups in the world.

Project Manager - Information Security Assessment

Led a penetration testing project with an African bank in Angola.

The goal of the project was to validate there were no flaws on an online banking system. The project was so successful that the launch of the online banking ended up being postponed.

Agile Alliance Brazil, Board of Directors

Disseminated Agile software development within the Brazilian market.

Acted as a board member of Agile Alliance Brazil. I helped organize and support multiple Agile conferences with hundreds to thousands of attendees and supported community members to learn more about Agile and grow in their careers.
2009 - 2013

Master of Business Administration Degree in IT Strategic Management

Fundacao Getulio Vargas - Brazil

2005 - 2009

Bachelor's Degree in Information Systems

Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio Grande do Sul - Porto Alegre, Brazil


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