Raghu Challapilla is an Enterprise Agile Transformation Coach, Co-Active Coach, Intent Based Leadership Coach, Professional Facilitator, and Trainer 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, Adobe, 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.
His key certifications & recognitions include:
Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) ~ The Coaches Training Institute
Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) ~ Scrum Alliance
Certified Scrum Master (CSM) ~ Scrum Alliance
Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) ~ Scrum Alliance
Certified Trainer of "Training from BACK of the room" (CTFBRT)
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
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
Problem Solving Leadership ~ Jerry Weinberg & Esther Derby
Gamification ~ Kevin Werbach through Coursera
My Agile story:
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!