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-PMP, PMI-ACP, PMI-PBA, Toastmaster Competent Communicator, Practical Psychologist, ABNLP ( American Board of Neuro Linguistic Programming) certified NLP Practitioner, NLP Coach, NLP Trainer, SAFe Trainer, Teacher and Enterprise Coach, Software Executive, Entrepreneur, Published 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 SAFe 5.0 courses.

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

Top SAFe Instructor

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

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 a practical psychologist and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) coach, trainer and practitioner (American Board of Neuro Linguistic Programming (ABNLP) certified). He is passionate in the study and the understanding of human behavior! Being a practical psychologist and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) coach, trainer and practitioner greatly distinguishes him from most coaches, teachers. and trainers.

Professional Scrum Master

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

Lean Agile Since the 90’s

He is a Software Developer and Business/Systems Analyst since the 80’s; he is Lean ( he is at war with waste; he is relentless on continuous and never-ending improvement), and Agile (he is a master of the art of “thin-slicing”) since the 90’s. He is delivering Large Solutions since 2013 — wherein “Large Solutions” means this: Large Scale Lean Agile teams of teams and multiple Waterfall teams combined together to deliver, in unison, a large solution that fits the customer’s context.

Experienced and Educated

His strong grasp of both Agile and Waterfall — with eyes on the achievement of Desired Outcomes/Results — is a result of over 36 years of hands-on experiences in the Software industry (and other various industries); 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, cartoonist, 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 36 years of experience in various companies and industries: consulting, software, social services, finance, banking, insurance, healthcare, education and automotive. His experiences span 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.

Leader Who Serves

Clarence can help you realize your full potential. He can help you on your journey and can help you break through patterns that are holding you back at work and even at home!

Family Man

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


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