Tomica Korać, Project Manager in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Tomica Korać

Project Manager in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Member since September 23, 2019
Tomica is a visionary, agile project manager with 15 years of experience in the software development area. His specialties include building highly efficient and coherent agile teams, big data projects, SAP consulting, and process optimization. He is an inspiring servant leader, and a licensed scrum master recognized for his courage and focus on supporting talented and motivated teams.
Tomica is now available for hire

Project Highlights

Expertise

  • Agile
  • DevOps
  • Mobile Apps
  • Mobile Games
  • Servant Leadership
  • Software Integration
  • Transportation & Shipping

Employment

  • Scrum Coach

    2018 - PRESENT
    Levi9 Technology Services
    • Coached the product management team.
    • Defined practices, processes, and procedures.
    • Trained team and company newcomers.
  • Delivery Manager

    2017 - 2019
    Levi9 Ukraine
    • Coordinated portfolio financial activities to fund operations and increase efficiency.
    • Analyzed operations to evaluate the performance of staff in meeting objectives.
    • Conferred with clients, officials, and staff to discuss issues, coordinate activities, and resolve problems.
    • Acted as a scrum master in multiple scrum teams, developing both independently or in scale.
    • Established responsibilities and coordinated functions among teams.
    • Reviewed reports to recommend approval or to suggest changes.
    • Delivered speeches, presented information to promote services and exchange ideas.
    • Interpreted and explain policies, rules, regulations, and laws to officials, individuals, and clients.
    • Coached staff in agile methodologies and scrum framework.
    • Prepared and presented reports concerning activities and budgets affecting business.
  • Technical Lead | Owner

    2012 - 2017
    Digital Magic Agency
    • Developed an integrated and distributed system architectures.
    • Collaborated with engineers to select appropriate solutions and ensure compatibility.
    • Researched, tested, and verified the proper functioning of software patches and fixes.
    • Managed growth, development, project planning, execution, finance, and marketing.
    • Communicated and negotiated with clients and stakeholders.
    • Recruited, hired, trained, and supervised engineering staff.
  • Programmer

    2003 - 2017
    Freelance
    • Defined and analyzed objectives, scope, issues, and impact of information systems.
    • Monitored system operation to detect potential problems.
    • Designed and conducted hardware and software tests.
    • Evaluated current and emerging technologies to consider factors such as cost, portability, compatibility, and usability.
    • Provided customers and teams guidelines for implementing secure systems.
    • Established functional and system standards to address operational requirements, quality requirements, and design constraints.
    • Investigated system-component suitability for specified purposes and make recommendations regarding component use.

Project History

  • Product Owner, Crowdsourcing Benchmarking
    Introduced value-driven development to five product teams and coordinated dependencies across 12 digital products.

    Managed a set of the World's leading mobile network benchmarking tools based on crowdsourced data collection, AWS data lake, and GPU-driven visualization presentations. Tech stack: iOS and Android native SDK kit, AWS data lake, PostgreSQL, React.

  • SAP Project Lead for FMCG
    Resulted in more than 5% delivery reduction times over eight-month period.

    An SAP ERP maintenance project for a regional representative of a Fortune 500 company that included:
    - gathering requirements from internal logistics and RnD departments
    - analyzing and suggesting improvements to the existing platform
    - validating current procedures and recommending improvements.

  • Agile Master
    Led the Agile transformation in the Asia Pacific and Africa regions to give foundation for the IoT 2025 corporate strategy.

    - Supported project teams in daily activities and ensured transparency about teamwork and progress.
    - Removed impediments and ensured an agile team smooth functioning.
    - Ensured that agile methods were being understood and followed.
    - Supported the team's self-organization and cultural change.
    - Protected agile teams against requirements' volatility, conflicting new tasks during the project, and fluctuation of project resources.
    - Conducted and organized training within project and business teams and coached agile processes and leaders to perform their roles.
    - Took part of change management activities related to agile transformation in the company.
    - Implemented a continuous improvement process so that methods are constantly evolving and digital knowledge is built (training/ongoing learning).
    - Assured a new mindset and an agile working culture.

  • Smart Data Platform
    Delivered GDPR relevant big data processing platform ahead of time and below budget.

    - Led an international distributed team of mixed seniority in identifying a solution and producing data lake, data warehouse, and reporting to business analysis and data science teams.
    - Performed product discovery by engaging business stakeholders and performing user story mapping.

  • Blockchain Financial Services Platform
    Practiced servant leadership for an experienced co-located team of seniors.

    - Posed as a scrum master in a team developing a financial services app based on AWS Blockchain tech stack.
    - Led the team through norming, storming, and performing phases; tracked progress against a road map and suggested improvements to stay on track.

  • Pharmaceutical Training Portal
    Delivered a digital solution for a complex regional training programme impacting 15 countries.

    Hoffman-LaRoche needed an analysis of their existing procedure for introducing new pharmaceutical solutions that span across one of their global regions. The resulting app not only fulfilled the company's expectations but went on to be the most popular improvement among over 3,000 of its internal users.
    The app is created to store important details of a specific pharmaceutical's characteristics, schedule of its introduction to various business units and departments, user groups required to acquire training, dates, and attendances, as well as a complex reporting system which generates detailed reports about already held training.

  • The Voice Mobile App
    Led a scrum team in delivering the globally popular brand app with over ten million users.

    A mobile app for Android and iOS with gamification, multimedia content, live events, polls, and social interactions.

    This was a multi-year project with the client's most valuable brand. Along the way, my team's success contributed to promoting and adopting an agile approach in the rest of the client's portfolio. Main challenges included integrating legacy code with modern tech solutions and maintaining team motivation in the long-term project under pressure.

  • 5 Gold Rings Mobile App
    Recovered a low-performing product and returned user numbers to an all-time high level.

    A mobile app for Android and iOS with integrated multimedia content, audio/video streaming, and "second screen" features.

    - Facilitated Scrum ceremonies.
    - Coached a team to overcome organizational impediments.
    - Initiated, executed, and inspected an end-to-end testing plan.
    - Introduced valuable methodologies for increasing team productivity.

  • Yoloboard Web Store and Social Network
    Led an international distributed team over six time zones through discovery, delivery, and release phases of the project.

    - Executed the project discovery phase to determine team size and expertise requirements.
    - Coached the team in the Agile approach and Scrum framework.
    - Facilitated team ceremonies.
    - Engaged and gathered requirements from business stakeholders.
    - Maintained a product road map and monitored progress towards milestones.

Education

  • Master's Degree in Telecommunications Engineering Management
    2000 - 2006
    University of Belgrade - Belgrade, Serbia

Certifications

  • Inbound
    DECEMBER 2020 - PRESENT
    HubSpot
  • HubSpot Sales Software
    DECEMBER 2020 - PRESENT
    HubSpot
  • Frictionless Sales
    DECEMBER 2020 - PRESENT
    HubSpot
  • Email Marketing
    NOVEMBER 2020 - PRESENT
    HubSpot
  • Professional Scrum Product Owner 1 (PSPO1)
    JULY 2020 - PRESENT
    Scrum.org
  • Professional Scrum Master Level 1 (PSM1)
    JUNE 2018 - PRESENT
    Scrum.org

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