Certified LeSS Practitioner (en)

€2499 (+ VAT)

See the full course description at LeSS.works. 

Trainer: Craig Larman, co-creator of LeSS

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 adoptionnew organizational designsystems thinking & optimizationthe role of management, and very concretely how to work together in a Sprint at scale in terms of coordination, architecture, planning, and much more.

(Aside, but noteworthy: Course runs until 18:00 on day 3; for certification, full attendance required)

Critically, we explore the Big Idea of more with LeSSsimplifying & descaling over “scaling”, or… scaling product development by descaling the organization.

Perhaps most importantly and interestingly, this course runs mostly as a series of “at giant whiteboards” deep-thinking exercises involving systems modeling in small teams to explore why, so that people can own the ideas by discovering them for themselves, rather than “renting” the ideas. A focus on why and owning not renting are important elements of LeSS and how it’s learned, and Craig emphasizes this in the course learning experience.

Join Larman for a deep dive into more with LeSS, based on his long experience with LeSS adoptions.

Feedback from previous courses

“It was inspiring to discuss Large-Scale Scrum with Craig Larman. The content of the course was top-notch.” – Steve Alexander

“The delivery was outstanding and the supporting material vast and detailed.” – Simone Zecchi“The best course I have ever been on. Totally blown away.” – Simon Powers

In addition to course material, each participant will also receive 2 books on LeSS:

  • Large-Scale Scrum: More with LeSS
  • Scaling Lean & Agile Development: Thinking and Organizational Tools for Large-Scale Scrum

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

Details :

After successful course completion (attending full-time, etc)…

All participants will be a Certified LeSS Practitioner and will get an account on less.works. Here you can find:

  • (free) digital versions of the first and third LeSS books
  • more LeSS learning (videos, etc)
  • the course handout PDF and photos of everything created within the course that was on the walls
  • contacts of all course participants
  • a course certificate