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Sharmini Sivanantham

Sharmini Sivanantham

Consultant
Sharmini.Sivanantham@consultmaven.co.nz
+64 4 801 6026
Key skills
  1. Programme and project management
  2. Business case development
  3. Post implementation and project reviews
  4. Business analysis and business process improvement

Sharmini is a multi-skilled senior consultant with over 20 years’ experience in both the private and public sectors. She is a highly experienced project manager with an excellent understanding of the practical application of project management who has been involved both in managing business and IT projects, as well as training and mentoring clients in project management.

Sharmini has a focused yet consultative engagement style, having delivered a wide range of projects and consulting assignments into a diverse spectrum of organizations. She is an accomplished business analyst with excellent documentation and written skills and has a strong customer focus with a proven track-record of working with business units, IT and external vendors to achieve desired outcomes.

Recent assignments

For the Ministry of Education – Sharmini has been assigned to deliver the following outcomes;

Hard Packs to Students during Lockdown
  • Responding to distance learning needs owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, Sharmini project managed the printing, sourcing of materials, collation and distribution of 150,000 distance learning hard packs for students in years 1-10. This project was done at speed to ensure packs were delivered in time for the start of the new school term.
Te Kete Ipurangi (TKI) Replacement Business Case and Project Management
  • Sharmini developed a detailed business case for the replacement of the suite of 74 TKI websites primary used by teachers using Treasury’s Better Business Case framework. Sharmini led the process and authored the majority of the business case, including developing the cost estimation and pulled together other components from various contributors. The business case was signed off successfully through the Ministry’s process. Subsequently Sharmini project managed the initial stages of the project including commencement of a technology procurement (RFI/RFP) and content audit.

When assigned to support Gisborne District Council (GDC), Sharmini was engaged to undertake a comprehensive review of the HB Williams Memorial Library construction project. This was followed by a programme review of the ‘Tarawhiti Navigations’ programme She then created a roadmap for improvements to ensure successful delivery, as well as providing a suite of tools and templates.  At GDC’s request, Sharmini also undertook support and training to embed new methods for their future projects.

For Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu (Correspondence School) Sharmini was engaged to gather business requirements for three solutions (a Careers portal, a Learning Object Repository (LOR) solution and a Proctoring tool), and to make recommendations on candidate tools/solutions that met the identified requirements. Sharmini recommended appropriate solutions and detailed next steps to successfully implement them. 

In a separate assignment Te Kura engaged Sharmini to prepare a student journey map and supporting business process mapping identifying pain points and improvements.

Qualifications and accreditations

Sharmini holds a Bachelor of Technology Degree in Computing (1st Class Hons) and a Diploma in Business Studies in Accounting from Massey University.

She is also a certified Project Management Professional PMP, PRINCE2, and Better Business Cases Practitioner.