Dr. Bhuvan Unhelkar

Dr Bhuvan Unhelkar (BE, MDBA, MSc, PhD; FACS; CBAP®) has more than two decades of strategic as well as hands-on professional experience in the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) industry. As an Associate Professor at USFSM, he leads the IT department in the College of Business. Founder and Consultant at MethodScience he has mastery in Business Strategies, Business Analysis & Requirements Modeling, (including Negotiations & Facilitation Skills), Software Engineering (UML, Object Modeling), Agile Processes (CAMS), Quality Assurance, Big Data Strategies, Collaborative Web Services (SOA), Mobile Business and Green IT. His domain experience includes banking, finance, insurance, government and telecommunications wherein he has developed and applied Industry-Specific Process Maps, Business Transformation Approaches, Capability Enhancement and Quality Strategies.

Dr. Unhelkar has authored innumerable executive reports, journals and 17 books. Recent Cutter executive reports (Boston, USA) include Psychology of Agile (two parts), Agile Business Analysis (two parts), Collaborative Business & Enterprise Agility, Avoiding Method Friction and Agile in Practice-a Composite Approach. He is also passionate about coaching senior executives, training, re-skilling and mentoring professionals (business analysts, agile practitioners, testers), forming centers for excellence and creating assessment frameworks (SFIA-based) to support these initiatives. Bhuvan’s customized industrial training courses/seminars/workshops add significant value to the participants and their sponsoring organizations as they are based on practical experience, hands-on approach and accompanied by ROI metrics (Blooms Taxonomy). He has designed and developed a flagship Business Analysis course for the CPe program of the Australian Computer Society’s distance education program which is now also a part of the ACSs short programs. Bhuvan is the winner of the Computerworld Object Developer Award (1995), Consensus IT Professional Award (2006) and IT Writer Award (2010). He is currently putting together Big data concentration (including Strategies, Technologies – Hadoop/’R’/NoSQL) for IT program in Univ. of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee Campus, USA.

As a researcher, he has supervised PhD research and presented and published numerous papers and case studies and authored books. He has recently authored The Art of Practicing Agile: Applying Composite Agile Method and Strategy to Real Projects (Taylor and Francis/CRC Press, USA, 2013). His current industrial research interests include Business Analysis in the context of Agile, Big data and multi-disciplines and Environmentally Responsible Business Strategies. Bhuvan holds a Certificate-IV in TAA and TAE and is a Certified Business Analysis Professional® (IIBA).

Bhuvan is an engaging and sought-after speaker, a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society (elected to this prestigious membership grade in 2002 for distinguished contribution to the field of information and communications technology), Life member of the Computer Society of India, Past President of his Rotary club in St.Ives (Paul Harris Fellow – Sapphire Pin; AG), Discovery volunteer at NSW parks and wildlife, and a previous TiE Mentor.