Rashesh Shah, Project Manager in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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Rashesh Shah

Verified Expert  in Project Management

Project Manager

Location
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Toptal Member Since
July 21, 2021

Rashesh is a tech all-rounder who started his career as a software developer and moved on to management roles where he gained extensive experience in both Waterfall and Agile/Scrum methodologies. Over the last 12 years, Rashesh has collaborated with some of the most reputable names in the e-learning market in North America and Europe. Rashesh's technical background and business-oriented mindset facilitate effective communication with development teams and various business stakeholders.

Project Highlights

Virtual Classroom Platform
Led the development team that created a virtual classroom platform on an open-source LMS.
Learning Management System
Led the team to develop a learning management system and customize it for various clients.
Web-based Microsoft Office Training Simulations
Managed the delivery pipeline of web-based Microsoft Office training simulations.

Expertise

Work Experience

Project Manager

2017 - 2021
Zeus Learning
  • Managed the development of an in-house LMS product which is licensed by multiple publishers in the US, which in turn caters to million end users.
  • Led cross-functional team of 5-to-60 members which include developers, testers, a UX/UI designer, DevOps, and automation engineers.
  • Worked as part of the senior management group of the organization—contributing to the standardization of various processes across the company and improving company policies.
  • Facilitated Scrum ceremonies such as daily standup meetings, sprint planning, sprint reviews, and sprint retrospectives.
  • Coached the team members on Agile and Scrum best practices by assisting them with story point estimating techniques, helping remove progress impediments, and coaching the team in the proper use of Jira for project tracking and reporting.
  • Managed a large project of building a Microsoft Office simulation product for a huge publisher in North America.
  • Developed and delivered most of the above-mentioned projects in a very fast-paced environment that required a lot of flexibility, communication, and the ability to "wear many hats."

Project Lead

2015 - 2017
Zeus Learning
  • Managed a complex tech project of creating a platform for virtual classrooms for a startup in the UK.
  • Standardized the estimation process for bids by creating a template which helps in covering all the aspects of pricing a project; this has helped the organization to win more bids.
  • Led three or more projects simultaneously most of the time.
  • Supervised the development, testing, and UX/UI teams.
  • Identified risks, developed mitigation plans, and managed stakeholders.

Team Lead

2013 - 2015
Zeus Learning
  • Drove SMEs, UX/UI designers, developers, and QAs to smoothly deliver HTML5-based interactives; served as the bridge between the tech and the curriculum team by validating tech feasibility and generating technically feasible design solutions.
  • Led a technical team in building an LMS in JSP and MySQL which required learning the technology, training the team, guiding the development effort, and playing a key role in the UX design.
  • Participated in the recruitment and training of developers.

Software Engineer | Senior Software Engineer

2009 - 2013
Zeus Learning
  • Led a team of seven developers in building JavaScript-based localizable and accessible interactives for high school students; also coordinated with SMEs and QAs to ensure that the deliverables were of highest quality.
  • Upgraded a vBulletin forum; this forum was tightly integrated with the platform and it had a lot of customizations that were written in PHP.
  • Developed APIs using ASP.NET and MySQL which were consumed by a Flash-based platform.
  • Create load test scripts and load tested the application.

Virtual Classroom Platform

Led the development team that created a virtual classroom platform on an open-source LMS.

Role: Agile Project Manager

Details:
• Helped the customer product owner to prioritize the backlog.
• Led sprint planning meetings.
• Coached the team to implement Scrum best practices.
• Helped to remove impediments.
• Facilitated Scrum ceremonies.

Learning Management System

Led the team to develop a learning management system and customize it for various clients.

Role: Technical Project Manager

Details:
• Managed around 45 software engineers, QA, DevOps engineers, and UX/UI designers to develop the LMS platform which is being used by various schools/districts in the US.
• Worked, as a technical project manager, on various aspects like—planning schedule for milestones, conducting various Scrum ceremonies, troubleshooting technical issues with the team, participating in the design discussions, working with the testing team for QA automation, and load testing.

Web-based Microsoft Office Training Simulations

Managed the delivery pipeline of web-based Microsoft Office training simulations.

Role: Project Manager

Details:
• Led a team of around 60 XML integrators and QAs to create the training simulations.
• Set up processes to have a smooth delivery pipeline.
• Ensured proper channels were set to enable effective communication within the team.
2005 - 2009

Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology

Mumbai University - Mumbai, India

OCTOBER 2019 - OCTOBER 2021

Certified Scrum Master

Scrum Alliance

JUNE 2019 - JUNE 2022

Project Management Professional (PMP)

Project Management Institute (PMI)

Tools

Jira

Paradigms

Scrum, Agile Project Management, Agile

Platforms

Amazon Web Services (AWS), Azure

Other

Web, Technical Project Management, Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified ScrumMaster (CSM), Estimation & Planning, Facilitation, Backlog Grooming, Scrum Master, Team Mentoring, .NET, MySQL, JavaScript, HTML5, Project Management

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