Raghu Challapilla


Agile Coach, Alaska Airlines

Location: Seattle, WA


Raghu Challapilla

I am an Agile Coach, Scrum Master, and Product Owner, with an innate potential, and a passion to coach, lead, mentor and steer people/teams, and organizations towards success. 

I possesses strong experience in coaching agile teams and product owners on Scrum framework & collaboration practices, and to make sure they understand and correctly apply Agile values, principles, frameworks and techniques (they "why" and not just "how").

In the past, I have worked as a Project Manager, Business Analyst, and Software Programmer, in Seattle, New York City, Honolulu, and Mumbai on various other methodologies including RUP (Rational unified process) and Waterfall, executing multiple Web, eCommerce, SaaS and windows based application development, redesign/enhancement and integration projects.

I am Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), Scaled Agile Framework Program Consultant (SAFe SPC), and have a Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma (CSSGB). I am also recognition as an ICAgile Certified Professional in Agile Coaching (ICP-ACC), and Agile Team Facilitation (ICP-ATF) with the International Consortium for Agile.

I have elementary to native proficiency in eight languages, has been a lead actor in a prime timer TV soap opera, and supporting lead actor in a Bollywood movie which was released world wide.

My Agile story:

Since I worked on Agile, there was no looking back, as Agile has transformed my professional and personal life.

I have a deep appreciation for Lyssa Adkins' coaching and facilitation techniques, Mike Cohn's Scrum & Agile techniques, and Taiichi Ohno's Toyota Production Systems.

I belive we can make the work environment a better place, and give meaning to people's live by correctly applying Lean, Agile & Scrum principles and fully embrasing the Lean philosophy and Agile culture. 

I see the parallel between Dan Pink's "Autonomy, Mastery, Purpose" and Takeuchi and Nonaka's "Autonomy, Cross fertilization, and self transendence". I see how Scrum & Agile can support tapping into the intrinsic motivation of people, and make work a place people will look forward to. We spend 1/3rd of our lives at work, and I believe it can be a better place - thanks to the evolution of Agile!