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Raghu Challapilla


Enterprise Agile Coach

Location: SF Bay Area, CA


Raghu Challapilla

Raghu Challapilla is an Enterprise Agile Transformation Coach, Mindful Leadership Coach, Collaboration Expert, Professional Facilitator, Professional Trainer, and Success Coach with a passion to steer individuals, teams, and organizations towards expressing their full potential.


He has led Agile transformations at multiple start ups, mid sized & large scaled organizations such as, Visa, CapitalOne, Credit Karma, and Alaska Airlines, and worked with teams acorss the globe including New York City, SF Bay Area, Seattle, Honolulu and Mumbai.


While he spends most of his time coaching organizations and teams towards hyper productivity by tapping into the intrinsic motivation and unleashing their group genius, he equally enjoys facilitating transformative growth with individuals outside the organizational context.


Raghu possesses strong experience in coaching & training Agile teams, middle & senior management on Agile practices/ principles, Lean philosophy and 21st century management (the “why”, not just “how”)


He has elementary to native proficiency in eight languages, and continues to satisfy his academic appetite through Theoretical Physics, Cognitive NeuroScience, Philosophy, and Management books. He is also a mindfulness practitioner and has attended numerous mindfulness retreats.


Raghu is also an Actor, Improv Artist & ex-Runway Model. He played supporting lead role in two bollywood movies, lead role in a TV soap opera, and walked numerous runway shows in New York, New Jersey & Texas.



Some Leadership & Mindfulness courses he has attended:

Problem Solving Leadership, Six-Day Leadership Retreat ~ Jerry Weinberg & Esther Derby

Investigating Emotions, Six-day Mindfulness Rereat ~ Austin Margaret Center

Mindfulness Practice, 10-day Vipassana Meditation Retreat ~ Vipassana

Mindfulness Practice, Week long Insight Meditation Retreat ~ Spirit Rock

Mindfulness Practice, Numerouns Day long Meditation Retreats ~ Insight Meditation Center

Agile Enterprise Transformation, Deep Dive Study Group ~ Michael Spayd & Lyssa Adkins

Gamification, Solving Business and Social Problems through Gamification ~ Kevin Werbach through Coursera



His key certifications & recognitions include:

Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) ~  Scrum Alliance

Certified Scrum Master (CSM) ~ Scrum Alliance

Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) ~  Scrum Alliance

ICAgile Certified Professional in Agile Coaching (ICP-ACC) ~ International Consortium for Agile

ICAgile Certified Professional in Agile Team Facilitation (ICP-ATF) ~  International Consortium for Agile

Scaled Agile Framework Program Consultant (SAFe SPC) ~  Scaled Agile Academy

Training from BACK of the room Certificate

Certified Trainer of Training from BACK of the room

Co-Active Coaching Fundamentals ~ The Coaches Training Institute

Co-Active Fulfillment Coaching ~  The Coaches Training Institute

Co-Active Balance Coaching ~  The Coaching Training Institute

Co-Active Process Coaching ~  The Coaching Training Institute

Co-Active Synergy Coaching ~  The Coaching Training Institute

Organization & Relationship Systems Coaching (ORSC) Fundamentals ~ CRR Global

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (CLSSGB) ~ Global Adroit (Member of American Society for Quality)

Inspiring Leadership Through Emotional Intelligence ~ Coursera


My Agile story:

Since I worked in 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 believe 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 embracing 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 transcendence." 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!

Articles I've written

Riding on the "Edge of Chaos"
The concept of "well-structured noise" is interesting. It introduces chaos in a system, taking it to a "far from equilibrium" condition. . . .

How to Be a Good Agile Trainer (and Learner)
Do you have disengaged participants in your training class? Sometimes you have hecklers. The worst, apathetic observers! Sorry, that's not the worst. . . .

Manifesto for Twenty-First Century Management: Part I
I remember walking home from work one rainy evening in downtown Seattle. I was a happy man, and it wasn't an unusual day. I loved working at my company and my manager brought out the best in me. . . .

Manifesto for Twenty-First Century Management: Part 2
The traditional management style is hurting everyone, including managers. This is not a battle against managers -- it's a revolution against the traditional management style.

Spiritual Leadership
It may seem odd to discuss spiritual leadership here, but spirituality in the context of this article means to fully connect with oneself and realize one's deepest expression of being.

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