Certified LeSS Practitioner Course Review

We’ve got a guest post from Ran Nyman who briefly reviews last weeks Certified LeSS Practitioner course:

Last week I participated Certified LeSS Practitioner course that was thought by Bas Vodde in Helsinki, Finland. Bas is one of the key persons behind the LeSS-framework, who has co-authored 2 and half books on the subject (The half if upcoming Large-Scale Scrum book that is not published yet). Before the course, I had spent time at reading already published books and draft of the upcoming book. The amount of material is overwhelming, and it was interesting to see how all the content can be compressed to 3 days course.

Overall impression was that Bas covered the relevant content in great detail, and some of the topics he just mentioned. This approach worked well since no one wants to see a slide show with five slides per minute and be overwhelmed by information overflow. Bas managed to select key topics to focus, so the training created logical whole.

I picked some themes from each day that I felt important from each course day. In day one we focused on learning and knowledge in an organization and what impacts on organizational design those have. In day two we started by defining products and how the definition affects LeSS adoption. Bas linked the Definition of Done as one of the key driver for LeSS adoption which was surprising. Day 3 we spent in great detail looking how LeSS works what structures it has and looking at steps that are needed to start LeSS adoption. One takeaway from this was that after having initial LeSS structure in place focus on the outcome instead of trying to form the organization to perfect shape.

I am strongly recommending this training to all doing or considering doing any format of Agile product development in large organizations since it will give you principles, framework and guides that will increase your success in it.

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