Pushkar Waghdhare

  • Technical Product Manager at NEOGOV
  • El Segundo, California, United States
  • Human Resources

Previous positions

  • Technical Product Manager – Blockchain and IoT – Capstone Project at Carnegie Mellon University
  • Product Owner at Deloitte India (Offices of the US)

Education

Carnegie Mellon University – H. John Heinz III College, Master’s degree, Management Information Systems, General

Background

Summary

A top performing Technical Product Manager with a history of contributing significant impact to the overall AGILE based product development lifecycle through innovative technology planning, product definition and planning, and project management. My background has given me the hands-on experience in the implementation, enhancement, and support of new product initiatives includingsoftware development, sales, marketing, product analysis, UX/UI, and product design. My contributions have included a significant improvement in business process, drove incremental sales, and grown customer loyalty. I am highly skilled at training and coaching the teams on all aspects of planning and execution, including vision, release roadmap, user story creation, mapping, release planning, progress monitoring, and continuous improvement as a Scrum Master. I thrive on new challenges, and am eager to expand my experience while applying my communication, mentoring, collaboration, and leadership expertise. Connect with me to today to find out how I can make significant contributions to your projects with my ethical and detailed approach. – Project and Product Management Tools: JIRA, Confluence, AHA – Data Visualization Tools: Tableau, MixPanel and Google Analytics – Software Development: Agile (Scrum and Kanban), Waterfall – Machine Learning: Supervised / Unsupervised Learning – Legal: GDPR, SOC2 Compliance – UI/UX: Balsamiq Mockups, InVision, UserTesting.com – Data Languages: SQL, R ProgrammingProgramming: Java, C++, HTML, CSS – Cloud Computing: AWS, MS Azure – Monolith to Microservices Architecture – Distributed Scalable Systems, Asynchronous Architecture, API Development – Product Management: Market Research, Strategy, Competitive Analysis, Usability Testing, Customer Interaction, System Design, API Integration, Cross Collaboration, KPIs #AGILE #ProductManagement #BusinessAnalysis #DataAnalytics #UI/UX #CrossCollaboration #SystemDesign #CloudComputing #MachineLearning #SaaS #B2B

Experience

  • Technical Product Manager

    NEOGOV

    July 2017 – Present(2 years 3 months)Greater Los Angeles Area

    NEOGOV is the market leader for human resources software for the public sector. Lead the product management efforts on ML initiatives at NEOGOV by collaborating with Engineering, UI/UX, Data Scientists, Customer success, Sales and Legal teams. This includes defining the product roadmap, leading planning meetings, writing user specs, interacting with customers, conducting usability testing sessions and analyzing customer feedback to better the product • Launched and conceptualized Insight Lite, a new ATS directed towards smaller employers improving NEOGOV’s revenue by 8% • Implemented the machine learning based ‘Recruitment Marketing’ feature to predict a job’s current health and automate the process of boosting the job on different job boards. Recruitment Marketing generated a revenue of $500k for NEOGOV. • Developed a recommendation system to identify minimum qualified candidates for a job using NLP, Image recognition etc, improving customer efficiency by 75% • Increased traffic from 4M to 6M per month on ‘GovernmentJobs.com’, NEOGOV’s job board, by revamping the UI/UX of the same • Led the API integration efforts with third party vendors like Twilio (Candidate Text Messaging), Stripe (Credit card payments), Recruitics (Job Advertisements) and Background Checks (Checkr) to build features within the ATS Suite increasing revenue by 10% • Worked closely with the Legal, Marketing and Customer Support teams to make GovernmentJobs.com, NEOGOV’s job portal GDPR and SOC2 compliant to protect our users PII, saving NEOGOV being fined 25% of its revenue • Utilized MixPanel to identify and capture the adoption and user trends for the features and figure out the churn and bounce rate for specific customers and then worked with the sales and relationship management teams to reach out to these users so that we retain their business. • Helped the team move from Monolith to Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)

  • Technical Product Manager – Blockchain and IoT – Capstone Project

    Carnegie Mellon University

    January 2017 – May 2017(4 months)Greater Pittsburgh Area

    Headed the final year Capstone project at Carnegie Mellon University as a Technical Product Manager and designed and developed a system using Blockchain Technology (Ethereum) and the Microsoft Azure platform to verify the authenticity of data coming from farm sensors and to monetize the data captured by making it available to prospective buyers for audits and analytics Notable Contributions:  Designed and implemented the system for tracking and authenticating data collected from sensors on farms using Ethereum and Microsoft Azure cloud  Wrote and published a paper to suggest ways in which the data captured from these sensors can be utilized to monetize data sharing between the farms and big players like the Government, Fertilizer companies etc and also utilize it for Audit purposes

  • Product Owner

    Deloitte India (Offices of the US)

    June 2011 – April 2016(4 years 10 months)Hyderabad Area, India

    Defined product scope and requirements & created product roadmap and release plan to ensure the product meets the business objectives. Spearheaded Product Management efforts from India working on Deloitte’s Tax Enterprise Software (Tax Insight). Led release 2.0 of the project from Dallas, Texas and coordinated business analysis efforts between teams in USA, Spain, and India. Discussed daily progress and activities as a Scrum Master. – Led a team of 10 Business Analysts and QA analysts from India collaborating with teams in USA and Spain – Helped the team transition from Waterfall to AGILE, collaborating with the higher management to conduct trainings for the team – Improved the way stories are written by defining a uniform story template in JIRA increasing team efficiency by 20% – Managed and executed dashboards in JIRA for better tracking of issues for the team improving efficiency by 30% – Introduced automation testing within the project lifecycle, bettering the regression testing time by almost 50% – Won the ‘Outstanding Employee Award’ for dedicated services to the product and the company

Education

  • Carnegie Mellon University – H. John Heinz III College

    Master’s degree, Management Information Systems, General

    2016 – May 2017

    Pursued the Information Systems Management course with specialization in Product Management and Data Analytics.

    Activities and Societies

    Consulting Club, Finance Club, Marketing Club & Tennis

  • Veermata Jijabai Technical Institute

    Bachelor of Technology (BTech), Computer Science

    2007 – 2011

    Graduated as a Bachelor of Technology in Computer Engineering from VJTI in June 2011.

    Activities and Societies

    Projects: – Semantic Search: – Embedded Systems: || Co-curricular activities: – Class representative of the Computer Engineering batch – Lead, Internship and Placement Cell – Entrepreneurship Club – Alumni Association || Leadership roles: – Marketing and Public Relations Director – Technovanza – Captain, Lawn Tennis Team ||

Languages

  • English

    Native or bilingual proficiency

  • French

    Elementary proficiency

  • Hindi

    Native or bilingual proficiency

Projects

  • Business Intelligence & Data Mining – Analysis of Human Resources data for an MNC

    November 2016 – December 2016

    Models worked upon – Clustering, Decision Trees, Linear Regression, Logistic Regression and Association Rules Technology : SAS, SAS E-Miner and Tableau Used SAS and Tableau extensively for the following outcomes: 1. Divide the dataset into clusters of different employees in ascending ranking of who was likely to quit the firm. 2. Used Linear Regression, Logistic Regression and Decision Trees to figure out the necessary factors for employees wanting to move out of the company.

    Team Members (4):
    • Pushkar Waghdhare,
    • Pannaga Subramanya,
    • Yuting Ko,
    • Yuyue Jiang
  • Tableau – Analysis of Real estate prices in New York

    September 2016

    Used Tableau for data visualization to predict the factors and trends responsible for the falling and increase in real estate prices in New York as part of the Big Data course at Tepper School of Business

    Team Members (3):
    • Pushkar Waghdhare,
    • Chaitanya Krishna V Kommuru,
    • Dharak Desai
  • US Postal Services – Recognition of Images of Handwritten Digits – Data Mining

    January 2017 – March 2017

    Technology used : R Programming, R Studio, MATLAB and Microsoft Excel • Validated the dataset using cross-fold validation on Naïve Bayes, KNN and SVM models to assess the best predictive model • Utilized Principal Component Analysis(PCA), Gaussian Smoothing and Sobel Filters to see their impact on the accuracy of the model • Suggested an SVM model utilizing PCA for the recognition of the images of handwritten digits with an accuracy of 98.3%

    Team Members (2):
    • Pushkar Waghdhare,
    • Urvi Malviya
  • Product Manager – Tandem Life – Online Learning Management and Training System

    August 2016 – December 2016

    • Designed and implemented a Learning Management and Online Training System for TandemLife, a company specializing in life support systems based out of Pittsburgh • Performed market analysis on other learning management systems for healthcare products and figured out the best design for TandemLife depending on their budget and current technology in use • Estimated the cost structure required to build such a training portal and suggested ways of earning revenue through the web portal • Documented the technical architecture of the learning management system and the different user specifications we had worked on as a team for future reference for TandemLife employees

    Team Members (3):
    • Pushkar Waghdhare,
    • Himanshu Agarwal,
    • Alex Romoff
  • Farm Sensor Data Analysis using Blockchain and IoT – Thomson Reuters

    January 2017 – May 2017

    1. Led the capstone team as a product manager to develop a system for doing analysis on sensor data using Blockchain and IoT 2. Utilized Ethereum, Microsoft Azure and MongoDB to develop a dashboard to authenticate the data coming from sensors on the farms and suggested ways in which this data can be used by farmers for earning additional income 3. Developed the business process model and product design for the dashboard

    Team Members (1):
    • Pushkar Waghdhare

Skills & Expertise

  • Cross-functional Team Leadership
  • Data Analytics
  • Product Design
  • CSS
  • Product Launch
  • Distributed Systems
  • Market Research
  • Analytical Skills
  • Competitive Analysis
  • NoSQL
  • Blockchain
  • MongoDB
  • Python
  • Strategy
  • User Experience Design
  • Microsoft Office
  • Data Mining
  • Machine Learning
  • User Experience Testing
  • Program Management
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Customer Satisfaction
  • Product Management
  • Network Security
  • Tableau
  • RESTful WebServices
  • Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS)
  • Requirements Analysis
  • Product Analysis
  • Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC)
  • Scrum Master
  • C++
  • Big Data
  • Product Marketing
  • Product Development
  • HTML
  • Customer Insight
  • Business Process Improvement
  • R
  • Payment Systems
  • Computer Security
  • Agile Methodologies
  • Programming
  • Java
  • Cloud Computing
  • Applicant Tracking Systems
  • Software Development
  • SAAS product design and delivery
  • SQL
  • Internet of Things

Certifications

  • Techniques and Concepts of Big Data

    Lynda.com, License

    March 2017

  • International Software Testing Qualifications Board

    ISTQB – International Software Testing Qualifications Board, License
  • Data Analysis on Hadoop

    Lynda.com, License

    April 2017

  • Project Management Foundations: Requirements

    LinkedIn, License

    May 2017

  • Blockchain: Beyond the Basics

    LinkedIn, License

    April 2018

  • IBM Blockchain Foundation for Developers

    Coursera, License HU3ZH52SEG4H

    May 2018

  • How Google does Machine Learning

    Coursera, License UPAFESPQSUST

    July 2018

  • Introduction to Software Product Management

    Coursera, License Q8JLPWGDZR5J

    July 2018

  • Program Management Foundations

    LinkedIn, License

    February 2019

  • Introduction to Recommender Systems: Non-Personalized and Content-Based

    Coursera, License
  • AWS – Machine Learning for Business Challenges

    Amazon Web Services (AWS), License

Courses

Carnegie Mellon University – H. John Heinz III College

  • Professional Speaking and Writing(94-702 , 95-718)
  • Data Mining(95-791)
  • NoSQL Database Mgt Systems(95-737)
  • Principles of Finance
  • DCSN MKG UNCERTAINTY(95-760)
  • Financial Accounting(95-715)
  • Management Consulting(94-808)
  • Economic Analysis
  • Organization Design and Implementation(94-700)
  • Distributed Systems(95-702)
  • Object Oriented Analysis & Design(95-706)
  • Database Management Systems(95-703)
  • Programming R Analytics(94-842)
  • Statistics for IT Manager(95-796)
  • OBJ ORIENT PRG JAVA(95-712)

Independent Coursework

  • Big Data(45-980)
  • Digital Transformation(95-722)

Honors & Awards

  • Outstanding Employee Award

    Deloitte Business Solutions Group

    December 2015

    Awarded the best employee award in my service line for exceptional services to the project

  • Project Excellence – Spot Award

    Deloitte Business Solutions Group

    June 2013

    Was awarded this award on three separate occasions for complete dedication to the project and going above and beyond my targets to deliver excellence

  • Team Spotlight Award

    Deloitte

    August 2012

Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Special Education Teacher

    Deloitte School on Wheels

    June 2013 – April 2016(2 years 10 months)Education

    1. Led the efforts to educate the kids of construction workers working in the office vicinity on the importance of hygiene and cleanliness in their lives and taught them basic Math, English and Science. 2. Built a small database system to track the kids and schools we are covering as part of our project and the specific needs that we need to target for them 3. Got the necessary funding done from Deloitte for this initiative and recruited like minded people who had a passion to do something for the society 4. Was a part of this initiative for three years

  • Student Teacher

    Dharma Bharti Mission

    July 2009 – July 2010(1 year)Social Services

    Worked closely with the Dharma Bharati Mission NGO in Mumbai to teach the slum kids in Govandi, Mumbai which is the second largest slum in the world. This experience was the one that changed my life and made me take up social causes in all my future endeavors and something which I have continued to pursue ever since