Certified LeSS Practitioner: Principles to Practices

This event has been cancelled.

1918 East Lafayette Place
United States

Description :

Weekend Scheduling

This course has been specifically designed to minimize the loss of billable time for participants.

For people living in any of the following areas, it should be trivial to attend without losing any billable time other than Friday.

  • Greater Milwaukee, WI
  • Greater Madison, WI
  • Greater Chicago, IL

Flying-in is also extremely reasonable for most people in the United States and parts of Canada. If you can't find a non-stop flight into Milwaukee's super easy Mitchell International Airport and don't have time for a connection, you will likely be able to fly non-stop into Chicago O'Hare. A few moments after starting your rental car at O'Hare you will be out of the city and cruising north on Interstate 41 through the scenic countryside. You will arrive at your downtown Milwaukee hotel just over an hour later.

For those of you on a tight schedule who are flying, staging yourself at the on-airport Hilton at Chicago O'Hare on Sunday night will let you catch an early non-stop flight back home on Monday morning. The money you save by returning your rental car early, will easily pay for the slightly higher premium of spending your last night a few steps away from the security checkpoint.

The money you save by minimizing lost billable time may easily compensate for any additional travel costs.

See the travel logistics section for all your travel and hotel options.

Your Instructor

James Carpenter is focused on improving product development organizations through deep meaningful organizational and cultural change. Over the years change fads come and go, yet the truth of what actually works has stayed relatively constant.

Small focused highly collaborative groups of engineers who closely engage with the users tend to produce the best products. Similarly, test-first style development practices made just as much sense in the 1970s as they make today. James’ mission is to bring these insights to others wishing to improve their organizations ability to build great software.

The LeSS Framework, principles, and guides resonate very strongly with James and align very closely with what actually works in practice.

He is one of fewer than a half-dozen LeSS trainers in North America, and one of a just over a couple dozen LeSS trainers globally.

You can find out more about James at his website.


Venue Details

The Milwaukee training venue is in a walkable neighborhood less than a 5 minute Uber ride from the downtown and Third Ward hotels. If you fly in or arrive by train you won’t need to bother with a rental car.

If you live in the Midwest you may find taking the train or driving to be a nice low-stress option.

Your options for traveling by plane include both the Milwaukee Mitchell airport (MKE) as well as the Chicago O’Hare airport (ORD).

You can find more venue, hotel, and travel related details on the Milwaukee Weekend Certified LeSS Practitioner page of the Agile Carpentry website.

Agenda :

The morning of the first of three days will be used to establish the overall context of the system modeling activities which follow. This will be done through a small amount of lecture, combined with both small and large group discussions.

Once the stage is set, we will transition to thoughtful analysis of the impact of different organizational design decisions on adaptability and value delivery using system modeling. Following each incremental framework agnostic advance in our understanding, we will map concrete aspects of LeSS into our increasingly enlighted understanding of organizational system dynamics. The system modeling brings deeper insight, while mapping this insight into LeSS facilitates better retention along with an understanding of how to act on what is being learned. 

We will continue to incrementally advance our depth of understanding using system modeling for the majority of the three days. Towards the end of the third day time will be spent: coalescing the whole of our enhanced understanding, providing guidance on how to move forward, and orrienting participants on how to navigate a wealth of additional information.

DAY 1: Setting the Stage

The first of three days will be used to establish the overall context of the system modeling activities which follow. This will be done with a  small amount of lecture, but primarily via small and large group discussions and exercises. We’ll follow this thread through the entire 3-day event.

  • Introduction
  • Avoiding Taylorism
  • Estimates, not Commitments
  • People are Valuable
  • System Optimization, not Local Optimization
  • Discovering Value
  • Implications of mulitple Product Backlogs

DAY 2: Seeing Simplicity through Systems Modeling

On the second day, we will take what we learned about Systems Modeling on Day 1 and use those tools to understand:

  • Benefits of Cross-Functional Teams
  • Product Breadth Considerations
  • Private Code Impedes Technical Excellence
  • Managing Cognitive Fullness
  • Requirement Area Sizing Considerations

DAY 3: Modeling decisions through Systems Modeling & LeSS

As we continue to advance our depth of understanding using system modeling, the third day will be spent coalescing the whole of our enhanced understanding, providing guidance on how to move forward, and orienting participants on how to navigate a wealth of additional information.

  • Product Breadth and Adaptability
  • Avoiding Middlemen
  • LeSS Complete Picture
  • Structure Drives Culture
  • Adoption in your organization
  • Extended Q&A

Details :

After course completion

All participants will be a Certified LeSS Practitioner and will get an account on less.works. Here one can find additional information about LeSS, share course information, and stay in contact with other course participants.

Upon completion, all participants will get access to the book: Large-Scale Scrum: More with LeSS

Price: 2,699 USD