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Sharmila Deshpande

Sharmila Deshpande

Head of Technical Project Management

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Greater New York City Area

Technology manager with a proven track record of delivering results while collaboratively working across functional boundaries in global matrix organizations. Successfully implemented and delivered initiatives in financial services, telecommunications and IP management domains.

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Head of Technical Project Management

• Created and established Technical Project Management department. Highlights include:
o Defined roles and responsibilities within the department.
o Hired new staff and mentored them.
o Proposed cross-functional technical project management processes that have companywide impact by obtainng accordance from heads of relevant organizations.
o Established department and individual goals.
o Guided direct reports by actively mentoring them towards achievement of individual and department goals.

• Successfully undertook cross-functional initiatives by partnering with senior leadership across the company that have resulted in broad impact:
o Established and enforced guidelines for resource allocation that are now used company wide and have repeatedly proven to be critical to the identification of project constraints and developing risk mitigation plans.
o Boosted employee engagement by several points as measured by a third party survey by:
 Proposing and implementing a Star Award for recognition of outstanding performance.
 Incorporating individual contributor feedback in “Core Values” and “Code of Conduct” adopted for the company.
 Providing practical choices for employee training.

• Directed the efforts of direct and indirect reports towards efficient management and on execution of key initiatives:
o For example: Identified weekly status reports as a task on which a specific category of project manager was spending disproportionate amount of time. Determined the root causes to be the report format and collaborated with the tools organization to enhance the tools and eliminated the need for manual reports, resulting in about 15% productivity gains for the managers.
o Ensured that relevant project management recommendations are followed, including but not limited to development of project charters, requirements gathering, risk management and post project reviews and record maintenance.