Growing More Agile with LeSS (Large-Scale Scrum)

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• How do you take Agile beyond a single team to programs and product development efforts involving many teams?

• How do you scale-up Scrum whilst retaining the integrity of the Scrum framework?

• How can a Product Owner work effectively with up to 8 teams?- How can teams have high awareness of dependencies of related work that other teams are doing throughout a Sprint?

• What can you take from LeSS that will benefit your 2, 3 or 4 team Scrum implementation?

• What scaling patterns does LeSS include that have been used and proven in large Scrum implementations around the world for several years?


Let's explore answers to these questions and more. As we do so, we'll share stories about multi-team Scrum implementations both in Australia and Europe.

The objective of this session is to introduce you to Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS) - a scaling framework based on over 10 years of experience with large-scale and multi-site Agile implementations (particularly in Asia). For an example of what large-scale can mean in practice, LeSS Huge framework (for over 8 teams) is currently being used by a product development group of 2,500 working on a single product at 10+ sites around the world.

LeSS has been implemented in a variety of large-scale product development groups in a wide variety of domains including...

• telecom-equipment creators such as Ericsson & Nokia Networks

• investment and retail banks such as JP Morgan Chase and BAML

• trading-system creators such as ION Trading

• gaming site creators such as bwin

• offshore outsourcers such as Valtech India

LeSS is particularly relevant for Scrum practitioners since LeSS is simply Scrum scaled. The way it is designed (and comparisons with other scaling frameworks) highlight key Scrum principles and concepts, some of which are poorly understood and appreciated (even by many Agile practitioners). Examples include 'real teams', disintermediation, the core function of Product Ownership and the scope of the ScrumMaster role.

Studying LeSS may well lead you to a deeper understanding of single-team Scrum.

Come along and find out how.