Preet Saini, Project Manager in Madison, WI, United States
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Preet Saini

Verified Expert  in Project Management

Project Manager

Location
Madison, WI, United States
Toptal Member Since
March 12, 2021

Preet is an accomplished and certified project manager and scrum master with more than 14 years of experience in project management, Scrum execution, and product delivery. She has experience in managing Agile and scalable projects, and she's adaptable to ever-changing business needs. She successfully led large teams and managed high-visibility programs and projects. Preet also provided effective leadership to the programs broad in scope and deep in complexity utilizing Agile practices.

Project Highlights

Tech Debt Reduction
Supported the business portfolio with a focus on a multi-year technical debt reduction program with an annual budget of more than $15 million.
Reporting and Performance Management System
Launched a reporting and performance management system and acted as a scrum master on the project.
Cloud Transformation and Migration Program
Led a cloud transformation/migration program, building the cloud platform portal that enables the onboarding of applications on Azure cloud and provisions the application shell/skeleton in an automated way.

Expertise

Work Experience

Scrum Project Manager

2021 - PRESENT
AXA - Platform, Capabilities & Automation
  • Led a cloud transformation/migration program, building the cloud platform portal that enables the onboarding of applications on Azure cloud and provisions the application shell/skeleton in an automated way.
  • Led two teams responsible for creating a cloud platform portal and migrating applications to the cloud. Managed day-to-day activities related to cloud migration, including coordinating with stakeholders across the organization.
  • Managed the product backlog and ensured that it was refined and prioritized appropriately. Worked closely with the application owners and stakeholders on timelines, delivery, and planning.
  • Provided leadership to the delivery team and ensured the success of the cloud program. Coordinated with cross-functional teams such as senior leadership, architects, business users, and operations to ensure the smooth execution of the program.

Senior Scrum Master

2012 - 2022
CUNA Mutual Group
  • Identified, prioritized, and reduced technical debt based on business impact priority and filters for decision making. Set up the process to prioritize the investments based on filters and discoveries, and allocate funding based on an MVF approach.
  • Transitioned Waterfall teams to Agile methodology to deliver fast value to customers.
  • Led reporting and performance management team to equip clients with powerful visualization tools that deliver insights across their business and put them in control of their data.
  • Provided support to a business portfolio focusing on a multi-year technical debt reduction program with an annual budget of more than $15 million.
  • Owned the release management lifecycle, including scheduling, coordinating, and managing releases across the IT for multiple applications.
  • Helped teams learn and adopt the Agile Lifecycle Management (ALM) platform along with Lean and Agile practices and principles. This included face-to-face, on-site, and remote consulting and training activities.

Agile Project Manager

2018 - 2019
CUNA Mutual Group
  • Developed the data management architecture for a fully hosted system on Microsoft Azure.
  • Coached the team on Agile methodology and best practices and ensured adherence to the Agile methodology to deliver rapid product development and maximum business value.
  • Drove the development of metrics at the team, a team of teams, and portfolio levels to support continuous improvement at those levels.
  • Acted as a catalyst and champion for change to increase Agile adoption and improve the development team's productivity.
  • Helped the development team and stakeholders understand and enable Scrum to improve the product development.
  • Partnered with other scrum masters to improve the effectiveness of Scrum.

Project Manager

2012 - 2013
CUNA Mutual Group
  • Led retirement planning services (RPS) portfolio, target operating platform (TOP), and defined contribution investment only (DCIO) solution for a merger and acquisition.
  • Transferred CPI plans to a new platform and enhanced the DCIO product by adding fixed annuities on additional trading platforms that accept DTCC/NSCC standards.
  • Led change management for the merger and acquisition and transfer of resources.

IT Project Manager

2011 - 2012
Freelance
  • Delivered a tool that can manage workload and track and control core project management elements of scope, quality, time, and cost.
  • Led the pilot to test the usability of a new tool. Analyzed the pilot outcomes and conducted further customization and testing to fix pain points.
  • Created as-is and to-be process maps and conducted gap analysis.
  • Communicated with the end users through numerous requirements gathering sessions for prioritizing and re-prioritizing system requirements for on-time delivery.

Tech Debt Reduction

Supported the business portfolio with a focus on a multi-year technical debt reduction program with an annual budget of more than $15 million.

Managed over eight different teams working on 35 high-priority features and releases. Set up product goals in the minimum viable feature (MVF) approach and operationalized the tech debt. Reformed the teams to start practicing Agile methodology, resulting in higher performance along with empirical control.

Reporting and Performance Management System

Launched a reporting and performance management system and acted as a scrum master on the project.

Equipped B2B clients with powerful visualization tools that deliver insights across their business and put them in control of their data, providing accurate pictures of their members, assets, and organization in real time.

Campaign Services Project

Launched the campaign services automated member engagement platform for B2B businesses.

Served as an Agile lead on campaign services project to enable partners to effectively support initiatives within their plan with reduced impact on their budget. Drove the development of metrics at the team, team of teams, and portfolio level to support continuous improvement at those levels.

Cloud Transformation and Migration Program

Led a cloud transformation/migration program, building the cloud platform portal that enables the onboarding of applications on Azure cloud and provisions the application shell/skeleton in an automated way.

I led two teams in charge of creating a cloud platform portal and migrating applications to the cloud. I ensured that the platform was developed and deployed successfully to the cloud and that any issues identified during the deployment were addressed in a timely and efficient manner. My work also included coordinating with cross-functional teams such as product owners, architects, developers, testers, and operations to ensure the program's smooth execution.
2019 - 2021

Master's Degree in Business Administration (MBA)

The University of Wisconsin–Whitewater - Whitewater, Wisconsin

JUNE 2019 - PRESENT

Professional Scrum Master Level II (PSM II)

Scrum.org

SEPTEMBER 2018 - PRESENT

Professional Scrum Product Owner I (PSPO I)

Scrum.org

SEPTEMBER 2016 - SEPTEMBER 2022

Project Management Professional (PMP)

Project Management Institute, Inc.

Tools

Microsoft Power BI, VersionOne, Azure Boards, Jira

Platforms

Azure

Paradigms

Agile Product Management, Scrum, Agile, Kanban, Agile Project Management, Lean, Change Management

Other

IT Projects, Project Management, Microsoft, Scrum Master, Scrum Coaching, Scrum Product Owner, Business Analysis, IT Operations Management (ITOM), Certified ScrumMaster (CSM), Agile Coaching, Project Management Professional (PMP), Backlog Management, Feature Backlog Prioritization, Microsoft Teams, Fintech, Leadership, Negotiation, Innovation, Product Owner, Process Improvement, Loans & Lending, P&C Insurance, Data Analytics, PSM-2, SAFe 4 Advanced Scrum Master

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