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Sonika Kukreja

Product Management • Digital Business Transformation • Technology Delivery Leader

Career Highlights

  • Accomplished technology driven business transformation leader, offering 15+ years of cross functional IT experience with extensive success record in Managing – Product Delivery and Programs at enterprise level

  • Experience managing multi-million dollar product definition, development and delivery roadmap from inception to implementation. Actively supervising agile teams activities as well as reporting to the Senior Leadership

  • Proven decision making ability by assessing issues and risks , then determining viable options. Making clear decisions and recommendations to stakeholders and technical team within the program team

  • An energetic people leader, able to communicate effectively with team members across work streams to work collaboratively to solve problems, and to motivate team members to achieve personal and organizational objectives

  • Skilled in setting up Project Management Office (PMO) including Project Planning, Estimation & Budgeting, Resource Allocation & Tracking, Risk Mitigation, Stakeholder Collaboration, Conducting Project Tollgate Presentations, Change Management, Release Management, Deployment and Production Support

  • Extremely passionate about emerging processes, tools and techniques and seeks to constantly innovate

  • Responsible for delivery from internationally distributed teams with multiple Vendors, Product Owners, Scrum Masters,  Developers and  Testers.

SKILLS

  • Digital Transformation
  • Strategic Planning
  • Product Vision 
  • Portfolio Management
  • Product Roadmaps
  • Agile & SAFe
  • Cloud/AWS Migration
  • Vendor Management
  • PMO & Governance 

Professional experience

Sep 2013Present

Technology Product Delivery Manager

Southwest Airlines, Dallas Texas

Technology Product Manager for the Mosaic a multi-million dollar budget initiative at Southwest Airlines. Mosaic enabled the maintenance automation necessary for the 737-MAX as well as consolidating the entire SWA fleet of aircraft into one maintenance MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul) system

Led end-to-end customer journey process, business requirement gathering and brought industry best practices, trends and innovative automated solutions to incorporate in the new MRO.

Maintained close relations with the stakeholders by discussing and
creating the business value of the product. Partnered with the product managers to set and align business priorities. Defined and prioritized the epics and tasks in accordance to the product roadmap.

Led process standardization, learned current state, performed gap analysis and proposed future automated processes to ensure the overall solution design meets and supports the business objectives.

Delivered a high confidence plan and execution strategy by
working in close collaboration with the multiple Stakeholders, scrum teams consisting of engineers, testers, architects, product owners, scrum masters, and technical lead on a day to day basis. Monitored
understanding and fulfillment of the requirements across the
product line.

Established Development Stabilization & Practice guidelines and
metrics resulting in faster delivery, fewer implementation issues,
and faster break fix.

Involved in technology cutover planning, rollout, dress rehearsals and production support planning 

Identified program risks, issues, and mitigation strategies across
multiple teams engaged in a program delivery model.

Earned Team of the Quarter Q4 in 2019. Successfully delivered
Southwest's first application in the cloud used for planning and
scheduling aircraft maintenance.

May 2012Sep 2013

Product Manager

GameStop, Dallas Texas

Spearheaded program to go live at 80 locations for point of sale instore application. Guided team throughout various phases of PDLC/SDLC. Assisted sales teams with solution positioning and envisioning. Directly managed 25-member team.

Responsible for conducting in-store user interviews, worked with multiple product managers across org. Created agile Release Plans, tracked budget, resources and schedule for the point and billing system for POS Re-Tech program.

Responsible for leading backlog on redesigning the point of sale application for GameStop domestic stores. The new POS system supports the sales, trade, reservations and return transactions in over GameStop stores.

Delivered and provided oversight on the rollout and cutover plan for all domestic locations

Aug 2010 -May 2012

Product Manager

American Airlines, Dallas Texas

Responsible creating vision and product strategy for aavacations.com that includes enhanced planning, billing and fee modules,  gather and present requirements based on airline rules and legislation to the business and key stakeholders

Analyze business needs, industry trends and current application architecture to properly interpret and translate into application and operational requirements and development plan

Analyzing data, create documents, user input surveys and
workflow to determine which course of action will correct the
business problem

Release planning and creating capabilities, epics, users stories in Rally for product roadmap and coordinated with the cross program product owners

Successfully reorganizing project epics which led to an earlier ROI
of $1,000,000 annually and resulted in generating enough
revenue to cover the remaining cost of the project for American
Airlines

Awarded Star Product Owner aa.com. Led requirement
prioritization to achieve an early ROI on features

Dec 2007Aug 2010

Product Owner/Scrum Master

JCPenney, Dallas Texas

Led agile program backlog for the implementation of multi-million
project to replace 30-year-old legacy system. Application suite
manages $600M+ worth of preprints, run of press, and visual
properties

Create and maintain project plans, schedule and timeline.
Communicate with stakeholders, training and technical team to
gain alignment on planned delivery of the program

Led JAD sessions for requirement gathering and
reviewed detailed FSDs and created agile transformation
guidelines and plans for the program teams

Created and designed various documents such as – Plans,
timelines, Training timelines, Roll out schedules, UAT Entry and Exit
Criteria, Test Closure, UAT Test Plans consisting of over 800
scenarios

Reported Requirement gathering, testing and defect status to the
management and stakeholders on a weekly basis using MS Project
and Quality Center

Dec 2007Jan 2003

Consultant Project Lead

Hotels.com, Neiman Marcus, Interstate Batteries

Education

2002

Masters in Computer Management