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Mahesh Gaikwad

Experienced Agile Program Manager with technology focus managing software engineering projects


Passionate about delivering technology solutions to drive business growth. Over a decade of technology experience working with start-ups for building cutting edge software as well as with enterprises  building large technology platforms. With SAFe Agilist (SA) & CSM certifications, motivated to constantly improve how software is developed. Overall a result oriented professional with proven ability to lead, train offshore & onsite teams and maximize cross-functional collaboration.

Skill Summary:

Domains: eCommerce, Telecom, BI, Mobility, Media, Messaging

Project Management: Agile Scrum (Jira, Rally), Kanban, Confluence
Technologies: SOA, REST, media streaming, CDN, messaging, DNS, cloud based services
DevOps: Puppet, Jenkins, Maven
Mobility: Android, iOS, hybrid apps
Test Automation: STAF, Perl, jUnit, Selenium, MonkeyTalk

Work History

  • Senior Project Manager with Trulia a Zillow Group company (         June 2016 - Present

Trulia is an online real estate marketplace for home buyers, renters, and sellers offering updates on new homes and rentals, and insights on the neighborhood – including crime scores, school ratings, commute times.

  • Senior Project Manager with Persistent Systems (         Jan 2004 - May 2016

A leader in building enterprise software, Persistent closely works with start-ups & enterprises to help them with digital transformation. With more than 8,000 employees worldwide, Persistent specializes in providing technology solutions in Social, Media, Analytics & Cloud Computing.

  • Senior Systems Engineer with Disha Technologies                                                Jan 2001 - Dec 2003

A software product development & services company, is now acquired by MindTree Ltd.

Project Summary

Trulia (a Zillow Group Company) June 2016 - Present

Role: Senior Technical Project Manager - Data Engineering | Location: San Francisco

Environment: Backend data engineering, Agile, AWS


  • Project coordination and communication for Data Engineering teams

  • Be involved in projects at a high level across release planning, tracking, go-live

  • Help act as a scrum master & scrum coach for scrum teams

  • Provide reporting and insights into Jira workload to optimize resource spend

  • Provide project visibility to leadership & external teams who are dependent on the projects

Software Tools/Skills: Scrum, Jira, Confluence, AWS

Client: Rodan + Fields LLC 2015 - May 2016

Role: Technical Project Manager | Location: San Francisco

Environment: eCommerce, SOA, Agile, Enterprise app integration, CDN


  • Project managed a cross-functional team initiative for implementing a new Service Oriented Architecture layer
  • Successfully lead a DevOps initiative to integrate a leading Content Delivery Network with the corporate website, resulting in a significant web performance improvement

Software Tools/Skills: SOA, ActiveMQ, Scrum, Jira, Confluence, Workfront

Clients: Cycle30 Inc, MobiTV Inc                                                                        2011 - 2015

Role: Technical Project Manager | Location: Pune, India

Environment: Offshore product development; Enterprise clients in telecom billing, media streaming, business intelligence; Agile practices; onsite & offshore positions


  • As a QA liaison at client location, contributed to setting up a large QA team at offshore for mobile app & media platform testing 
  • Played Agile project manager role for a cross-functional team responsible for integrating media platform with a leading telecom provider
  • Setup & managed DevOps team at offshore for automated builds of enterprise applications
  • Lead a fixed budget BI project from proposal to end delivery
  • Responsible for tracking program engagement level metrics, people management
  • Responsible for managing monthly billing, revenue tracking, contract management

Software Tools/Skills: DevOps, Enterprise platform QA, Puppet, jUnit, maven, Jenkins, Scrum, JIRA

Client: Iron Mountain Inc                                                                                    2010 - 2011

Role: Test Automation Lead | Location: Northborough, Massachusetts

Environment: Cloud-based enterprise backup solution, Agile, test automation


  • Analyzed business requirements and software development specs to devise test approach for manual & automated testing
  • Designed test automation test suites using STAF based automation framework
  • Ported Python-based test suites to STAF/STAX based framework
  • Coordinator for offsite test automation engineers for automation issues, code reviews

Software tools/Skills:  STAF (Software Test Automation Framework), Python, Agile Scrum, JIRA, Linux

Clients: Retrevo Inc, Voltage Security Inc, Openwave                                  2004 - 2011

Role: Project Lead | Location: Pune, India

Environment: Bay Area start-ups; eCommerce (electronics product discovery & purchase), security software for enterprises, server side testing, test automation


  • Developed test automation suites in Perl for regression testing, SEO testing, website monitoring
  • Automated the deployment process for frequent releases of data, code, database updates
  • Lead & managed offshore team for backend testing of enterprise security encryption products
  • Made frequent visits to Client offices to interact with cross-functional teams across releases 

Software tools/Skills:  Perl, Shell Scripting, Selenium, CentOS, Linux, TCP/IP, DNS, email messaging, TDD agile practice

Disha Technologies (now MindTree Ltd.)                                                        2001 - 2004

Role: Senior Systems Engineer | Location: Pune, India

Environment: Offshore product development & sustenance engineering of Windows operating systems 


  • Lead system level testing of Active Directory services, server installation procedures, IDE & SCSI device compatibility
  • Lead server side testing of WAP Gateway & PPG Gateway Server Applications
  • Lead an initiative to build an employee information portal using Active Directory over LDAP

Software tools/Skills: Windows NT/2000, VB Scripting, Active Directory


Jun 1996Jun 2000

Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics & Telecommunication

Government Engineering College Aurangabad (GECA)


May 2015Apr 2016

Certified SAFe Agilist (SA)

Scaled Agile, Inc.
Apr 2015Mar 2016

Certified Scrum Master (CSM)

Scrum Alliance