About The Lean Agile Guru

Clarence Galapon is adept in both Adaptive (Agile) frameworks and Predictive (Waterfall) methodologies. He has over 32 years of experience in the Software Industry across three continents: Asia, Australia and North America.

He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering (Board Certified) and an M.B.A. (Master of Business Administration and Technology Management).

Clarence is a family man, a technologist and a business person.

He has been Agile since the 90’s …scrimmaging with various Agile teams… delivering Large Solutions since 2013. Large Solutions entail working with Agile and Waterfall teams. His strong grasp of both Agile and Waterfall — with eyes on the achievement of Outcomes and Releasability — is a result of 32 years — in the Software industry — of hands-on experiences, relentless and continuous improvements, and constant education.

He also holds various certifications from Project Management Institute (PMI) such as:  PMP (Project Management Professional), PMI-PBA (Professional in Business Analysis) and PMI-ACP (Agile Certified Practitioner).

In addition, he also holds a multitude of Lean-Agile SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework) certifications and trainer enablement such as: SAFe Program Consultant (SPC 4.6),  SAFe 4.6 Trainer (SAFe Advanced Scrum Master (SASM 4.6)), SAFe 4.6 Trainer (Release Train Engineer (RTE 4.6),  SAFe 4.6 Trainer (POPM 4.6), SAFe 4.6 Trainer (SSM 4.6), SAFe 4.6 Toolkit Implementing SAFe 4.6 enabled, SAFe Agilist (SA 4.6), SAFe Scrum Master (SSM 4.6), SAFe Practitioner (SP 4.6) and SAFe for Product Owner / Product Manager (POPM 4.6). 

He is also an International Consortium for Agile Certified Professional — Agile Certified Coach (ICP-ACC); covering professional coaching, business coaching, facilitation coaching, and technical coaching.

He also has the Professional Scrum Master (PSM) designation from Scrum.org — the “Home of Scrum”.

Clarence is a SAFe Practicing Professional with various roles: Lean Agile Coach, Trainer, Mentor, Release Train Engineer (RTE), Solutions Train Engineer (STE) working with other RTEs who are delivering part of the same Large Solution.

He is a published author, public and motivational speaker (he has a ‘Competent Communicator’ designation with Toastmasters), avid chess player,  entrepreneur, storyteller, illustrator, photographer and filmmaker.

He is a servant-leader, life-long learner, life coach, Lean Agile coach, trainer, mentor, facilitator and the Lean Agile Guru.

Clarence lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.A. with his wife, son and daughter.