More outcomes, less outputs!

LeSS is the simple high-impact framework for scaling lean and agile development to optimize the whole system. Why? More flexibility and learning with less prescription and complexity, and more outcomes with less outputs. Who? It comes from many years with many clients. How? It’s simple because there’s only a small set of elements, whose purpose is structuring for systems optimization, transparency, and empirical process control. It’s ‘hard’ because transparency reveals weakness, it’s disruptive to the status quo, and empiricism requires learning and change rather than following a one-size-fits-all process recipe. See the full course description at LeSS.works.

  • Instructor led, highly interactive classroom training
  • Certification “Certified LeSS Practitioner"
  • 3 days
  • public open-enrollment

You'll learn

  • What is LeSS?
  • LeSS principles and Themes
  • Two Frameworks: LeSS & LeSS Huge
  • LeSS Framework Elements
  • Flow of Teams & Events
  • Guides for adopting LeSS

You'll understand

  • LeSS is more
  • LeSS is simple
  • LeSS is Scrum scaled
  • LeSS uses experiments
  • LeSS is not a process
  • LeSS values principles over mechanics

Learn with Craig Larman—the co-creator of LeSS—in this 3-day highly-participative course. Participants (senior managers, agile coaches, ...) get a thorough understanding of LeSS, Large-Scale Scrum, for scaling agile development to many teams working together on one product. In-depth, we explore adoption, new organizational design, systems thinking & optimization, the role of management, and very concretely how to work together in a Sprint at scale in terms of coordination, architecture, planning, and much more. More information on LeSS can be found at LeSS.works.

Topics Covered

  • LeSS Overview
    • LeSS principles, frameworks, guides, experiments
    • two LeSS frameworks: basic & LeSS Huge
    • learning resources
  • Adoption
    • pre-adoption: building interest
    • the adoption guides
    • 3 principles
    • getting started
    • scope of first adoption
    • stories of LeSS adoptions
  • Local Optimization & System Optimization
    • local versus global systems optimization
    • local optimization in planning
    • local optimization in in analysis & design
    • local optimization in programming & technology
  • Adoption: Organizing by Customer Value
    • towards global optimization: multiple feature teams on one product
    • adoption & organizational design implications of feature teams
    • 3 types of development
    • where is the Product Owner?
    • discovering/defining your product scope in LeSS
    • incremental change: feature-team adoption mapping
  • Why LeSS?
    • shu-ha-ri and frameworks
    • empirical process control
    • why "More with LeSS"?
    • systems optimization
    • occupational psychology
    • lean thinking & value-driven
  • LeSS Sprint
    • preparation meetings before first Sprint
    • Sprint Planning with many teams
    • coordination & integration: from communities to architecture
    • scaling Product Backlog Refinement
    • scaling the Sprint Review & Retrospective
    • multisite
  • Done & Undone in LeSS
    • perfect and imperfect Done
    • improvement, organizational design, and Done
    • handling Undone
    • shipping and DevOps
  • LeSS Rules
    • rules for smaller LeSS framework
    • rules for LeSS Huge
  • LeSS Huge Framework
    • Requirement Areas
    • Area Product Owners
    • role of Overall Product Owner
    • Area Backlogs
    • adoption
  • More on LeSS Principles
    • systems thinking and causal-loop modeling
    • whole-product focus
    • lean thinking
    • queuing theory
  • More on LeSS Roles
    • Managers in a LeSS organization
    • ScrumMasters at scale
    • Product Owner in LeSS

Agenda

  • 08:30am Welcome, Registration and Coffee
  • 09:00am (sharp) Class starts
    • in between two breaks with refreshments: one in the morning, one in the afternoon
    • 12:30pm Lunch break (37 minutes)
  • Around 06:00pm Closing

Craig Larman

Craig Larman is the co-creator of LeSS (Large-Scale Scrum) with his friend and colleague Bas Vodde. He serves as an organizational design consultant, with emphasis on introducing LeSS for very large and multisite product development (often, embedded systems, telecommunications, or investment banking), and coaching executive teams to succeed with larger enterprise-level agile and lean methods adoption.

He is the author of several books on scaling lean & agile development, including:

  • Large-Scale Scrum: More with LeSS
  • Scaling Lean & Agile Development: Thinking & Organizational Tools for Large-Scale Scrum
  • Practices for Scaling Lean & Agile Development: Successful Large, Multisite & Offshore Product
  • Development with Large-Scale Scrum
  • Agile & Iterative Development: A Manager's Guide

Craig has served as the lead coach of lean software development adoption at Xerox, and serves or has served as a consultant for large-scale Scrum and enterprise agile adoption at Ericsson, JP Morgan, Cisco-Tandberg, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Alcatel-Lucent, UBS, bwin.party, Nokia Networks and Siemens Networks, Thomson Reuters, Ion Trading, and Statoil, among many other clients. Craig has also served as chief scientist at Valtech, a consulting, outsourcing, and skills transfer organization with divisions in many countries, with a division in Bengaluru that has applied LeSS to offshore development.

Craig holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in computer science from beautiful SFU in Vancouver, BC, with research emphasis in artificial intelligence (having very little of his own).


Training price: EUR 2,499 excl. taxes. per person
Early Bird discount: EUR 300 discount on the training price if the registration is made online and no later than 30 days before the first day of the training (see also our General Training Conditions).
After course completion, all participants will be a Certified LeSS Practitioner and will get an account on less.works. Here they can find additional information about LeSS, share course information and stay in contact with the other course participants.

What you get

  • Stationary and Gifts
  • Certification as "Certified LeSS Practitioner"
  • 24 Scrum Educational Units (SEU, Cat. B)