Meet The Lean Agile Guru

Meet The Lean Agile Guru

Clarence Galapon, CE, MBA, Enterprise Lean Agile Coach, Trainer, SPC, RTE, PSM, ICP-ACC, PMI-ACP, PMI-PBA, PMP, CC, ABNLP Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner, NLP Coach, NLP Trainer, Software Executive, Entrepreneur, Author, Investor and an Innovator with a Creative, Lean, Agile, and Wander mindset

Clarence Galapon

SAFe Silver Transformation Partner and Practitioner

Clarence is the Co-Chair and CEO of Lean Agile Guru, LLC and the CEO and founding partner of Applied Lean Agile, LLC, a Silver Transformation Partner of Scaled Agile Inc (SAI) — the makers of SAFe.

He holds a multitude of SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework) certifications such as SAFe Program Consultant (SPC 5.0), Release Train Engineer (RTE 5.0), and SAFe-Enabled Trainer for all SAFe 5.0 courses.

In 2021, he was named as one of the few Top SAFe Product Owner/Product Manager (POPM) Instructorsworldwide — by Scaled Agile Inc.

Clarence is a SAFe Practicing Professional with various roles: Enterprise Lean Agile Coach, Trainer, and Release Train Engineer (RTE).

Trainer — From The Back Of The Room

A “Train from the Back of the Room” kind of Trainer. Students actively learning via the 4Cs: Connection, Concept, Concrete Practice, Conclusion.

Enterprise Lean Agile Coach

He is also an Enterprise Lean Agile Coach and certified ( International Consortium for Agile Certified Professional — Agile Certified Coach (ICP-ACC) ) professional in coaching.

Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner, NLP Coach and NLP Trainer

He is passionate in the understanding of human behavior! This understanding alone greatly distinguishes him from most coaches and trainers.

Professional Scrum Master

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

Agile Since the 90’s

He is a Software Developer and Business/Systems Analyst since the 80’s; Agile practitioner since the 90’s; scrimmaging with various Agile teams delivering Large Solutions since 2013. Large Solutions entail working with Large Scale Agile and Waterfall teams.

Experienced and Educated

His strong grasp of both Agile and Waterfall — with eyes on the achievement of Desired Outcomes/Results and Releasability — is a result of 32 years of hands-on experiences in the Software industry, relentless and continuous improvements, and constant and never-ending education.

Published Author, Toastmaster, and Thought Leader

He is a published author, public and motivational speaker (he has a ‘Competent Communicator’ designation with Toastmasters International), avid chess player, storyteller, illustrator, photographer and filmmaker. He is a “Leader who Serves”, life-long learner, life coach, Lean Agile coach, trainer, mentor, facilitator, a thought leader at Lean Agile Guru and an innovator with creative and wandering mindset.

PMI Professional

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).

Experienced in Three Continents

Clarence Galapon is adept in both Adaptive (Agile) frameworks and Predictive (Waterfall) methodologies. He has over 32 years of experience in the software industry with various companies — Consulting, Software, Finance, Banking, Insurance, Healthcare, Education and Automotive — in 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 technologist, software executive, entrepreneur, investor and an innovator with a Creative, Lean, Agile, and Wander mindset.

Family Man

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


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