Certified LeSS Practitioner: Principles to Practices
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 aligned 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.
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.
- 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
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.
All participants get access to the book: Large-Scale Scrum: More with LeSS
US Air Force Specifics
This course is listed in the Air Force’s Education and Training Management System (ETMS). More details are available here.
Price: 2,699 USD
Additional Price Information: Bulk discount of $200 per ticket with four or more tickets. Pre-registration ends Tuesday, September 5, 2023.