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Ling Lau

PartnerNew Jersey

Ling Lau

PartnerNew Jersey

Leads large-scale digital transformations through agile software development and operations, fostering a continuous delivery culture. Co-leads Agile and DevOps Practice groups

Ling has been a leader at McKinsey Digital for more than ten years. He helps businesses in a wide range of industries become digital organizations by modernizing the entire IT value chain—from product development to operations and support.

As the co-leader of our Agile and DevOps Practice groups at McKinsey Digital Labs, Ling devotes time and energy to deepening our advisory expertise. He has built a team of top agile coaches, full-stack architects, and DevOps engineers. Continually pushing the boundaries, clients capture full business value from cutting-edge software-development methodologies, next-generation technologies, and flexible, scalable IT organizations set up for digital.

Ling helps executives build the culture, technologies, and capabilities required to deploy digital products and services to market quickly and reliably. The goal of these endeavors is to greatly increase speed to market—enabling fully automated continuous-delivery pipelines that can cut software release times from weeks to minutes—while significantly reducing costs.

For example, Ling recently helped transform an international travel company from a brick-and-mortar business to a digital one. By modernizing its flagship online platform, reimagining the customer experience, and implementing a fully automated continuous-delivery pipeline, the company improved conversion rates by 50 percent and time to market by 75 percent. In general, agile transformations help large organizations achieve 25 to 50 percent productivity gains in their software-development delivery.

Ling has a passion for sharing what he knows. He has tutored low-income students in China on their English language skills, advised nonprofits on the fundamentals of agile, and led hacking events for coding schools.

Published work

The big product and platform shift: Five actions to get the transformation right,” McKinsey & Company, June 2023

Agile, reliable, secure, compliant IT: Fulfilling the promise of DevSecOps,” McKinsey & Company, May 2020

The new tech talent you need to succeed in digital,” McKinsey & Company, September 2016

Finding the speed to innovate,” McKinsey Quarterly, April 2015


Columbia Business School
MBA, finance

Columbia School of Engineering and Applied Science
MS, computer engineering

Rutgers University
BS, computer engineering