Certified LeSS Basics

Date: June 26, 2019
(1 day course - can be combined with Certified ScrumMaster on 24 and 25 (discount available) or Certified Product Owner the week before -- discount available)
Time: 09:00 ~ 18:00
Trainer: Martine Devos
Address: 10, SOUTH PLACE
London Postal Code: EC2M 7EB
United Kingdom

Language: English

Description :

Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS) is a simple high-impact framework for scaling agile development to multiple teams.  LeSS builds on top of the Scrum principles such as empiricism, cross-functional self-managing teams and provides a framework for applying that at scale.  It provides simple structural rules and guidelines on how to adopt Scrum in large product development.

In LeSS, multiple teams work in sync to deliver a shippable product one shared Sprint at a time, every time with iterative and incremental development.

Although LeSS is described as for scaling ,LeSS is not about ‘enabling’ an existing big and clumsy organization to “do agile” by painting agile labels on top.  A key purpose of LeSS -- the implication of its name -- is actually descaling through organizational simplification. Descaling the number of roles, organizational structures, dependencies, architectural complexity, management positions, sites, and number of people. LeSS is not about ‘enabling’ an existing big and clumsy organization to “do agile” by painting agile labels on top, it is about scaling up the simple Scrum framework itself to achieve organizational descaling.

In a way, LeSS is simple because there’s only a small set of elements, whose purpose is transparency and empirical process control. It’s ‘hard’ because transparency reveals weakness, and empiricism requires learning and change rather than following a recipe.

Unlike some other scaling frameworks, LeSS does not define a one-size-fits-all detailed recipe, and like Scrum, is based on recognizing that development is too complex and situational for a prescriptive detailed recipe that a group can just “buy and install.” Rather, it will require creating a learning organization, and lots of situational adaptation.

There are no fancy titles, no trains, no layers of management, but when you simplify and descale, you ought to be able to achieve more impact and flexibility with LeSS.


Then what is LeSS about?

It is to see the ineffectiveness of traditional large-scale organizational design and to change for the better, by descaling towards a simple model for multiple teams that optimizes for agility (flexibility), learning, and flow of value.

It is about figuring out how, with multiple teams, to apply the simple principles and elements of Scrum that encourage empirical process control, transparency, self-managing teams, and systems optimization.

In the LeSS Framework you will find:


·  a single Product Backlog across teams

·  one Definition of Done for all teams

·  one Potentially Shippable Product Increment at the end of each Sprint

·  one Product Owner

·  many complete, cross-functional teams (with no single-specialist teams)

·  one Sprint

·  teams responsible for cross-team communication, so nothing gets lost by a middle man


LeSS is based on over a decade of adoptions in many big groups worldwide.  It is described in the three books on LeSS that come from that decade of experience:



Martine Devos has worked as an organizational design consultant and introduced agile with executive teams for very large and multisite product development (often, HW-SW systems) since 1998 – since before the formal start of agile and the agile manifesto.  She also works with product management for highly complex product definitions and works with TDD and BDD teams to keep in touch with the real work and workers. 


What the community says

"She [Martine] is always very knowledgeable and available to help answer specific questions."

Attendee on 14th Dec 2018

Agenda :



  • Why LeSS ? (system dynamics view)
  • Overview of LeSS and introduction to LeSS Huge (for more than 8 teams)
  • Understand the rules and principles of LeSS
  • Organizing around Customer Value and Feature Team
  • LeSS Product Backlog Refinement, Sprint Planning, Review and Retrospective
  • important technical practices when scaling
  • Decide how LeSS will work and the role of management
  • A selection of usefull practices and experiments



The Certified LeSS basic course if for anyone who is involved in the LeSS effort.  

Basic  Scrum knowledge is expected and can be achieved by attending Certfied Scrum Master or Certified Product Owner course or thoroughly reading scrum instroduction material and practicing scrum.


The Certified LeSS Basics course is often combined with a Scrum Course where this is the last day of a longer Scrum-focused training.


After course completion:


All participants will receive a Certified LeSS Basics certificate, and an account with Less.works, access to user groups and to supporting materials (articles, videos…).  The LeSS Basics certificate will not expire.


This course also allows particpants to claim 7 Scrum Education Units (SEUs) towards the Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) designation

Price: 495 Pound

Early Bird Price: 420 Pound (End Date: 2019-05-27)

Additional Price Information: Group discount available -- special 3 day rates (combination with Certified ScrumMaster)