Certified LeSS Basics

New York
New York
United States

Description :


Each student can request a complimentary:

  • 30 minute 1-on-1 session to discuss any topics about covered materials, one's own role in LeSS adoption, etc.
  • 1 hour lunch & learn for his/her company - to discuss organization design implications of LeSS adoption or any pressing current needs
  • Access to a slack channel, for instant (almost) communication/questions with LeSS trainer/coach


Agenda :

IMPORTANT:  This is a virtual event that allows maximum 10 people in class, to deepen learning.

The class is stretched for TWO days (3.5 HOURS each day, including breaks) to ensure that high degree of energy and participation remains throughout the session, and there is a better information retention by attendees.  The event is scheduled in EST.

If you think that your company would be interested in hosting a private virtual training, please reach out to the organizer (below) for special acomodations. This will also leave more vacancies in a public class


Course Description:

Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS) is a framework for scaling agile development to multiple teams. LeSS.works gives an overview. 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. 

The Certified LeSS Basics course is a brief introduction into the LeSS Framework. It provides an overview of the framework and some of the essential concepts that it uses.

The Certified LeSS basics course is for anyone who is involved in a LeSS effort. Basic Scrum knowledge is expected (this is not a beginner's course) and can be achieved by attending a Certified Scrum Master or a Professional Scrum Master course, or thoroughly reading Scrum introduction material such as the Scrum Primer and practicing Scrum. You can read more about CLB and review pre-training materials here.


Additional Useful References

Agenda :

Agenda & Learning Objectives:

This review will combine instructor-led structured learning of key principles of LeSS, introduction to System Modelling and Q&A that is based on experience of practical implementation and lessons learned by experienced LeSS coaches and trainers.

  • Articulate why LeSS
  • Explain how LeSS is a Scrum-based approach on scaling
  • Summarize what impact this has on the organisational design (structures, policies, etc.)
  • Explain the dynamics of component teams vs. feature teams
  • Explain all LeSS roles and their purposes
  • Explain why there is one and only real PO and not so-called team POs
  • Explain the LeSS Complete diagram, organizing LeSS information in terms of the principles, rules, guides, and experiments
  • Explain how LeSS scales over ~8 teams
  • Know the existence of and location of major learning resources at less.works, including at least these sections: Why LeSS?, Introduction to LeSS (chapter 2 from book 3), the rules, the online videos & books chapters. (this should be done with at least a “2” minute online tour of these elements, by the trainer)

After the workshop, the participants will be able to understand that LeSS is multi-team Scrum, understand what is LeSS, what is not LeSS, and the principles behind LeSS, understand how the current organizational design comes in the way of the organization being Agile and evaluate what changes need to be made to help the organization adopt LeSS. Course participants will be also recognize 'fake' LeSS adoptions and articulate why the latter don't succeed.

Recommended Reading Pre-Requisites /Self-Study

Details :

nap shots of past classes

About the Trainer:

Gene Gendel is Agile Coach, Trainer and Organizational Design Agent and one of very few (around 100) Scrum Alliance Certified Agile (Enterprise & Team) Coaches (CAC: CEC/CTC) - the only one who resides in NY State today.  

Gene is one of a few dozen of Certified LeSS Trainers and only one of the few that reside in the USA.  He is also Certified in Agile Leadership (CAL) and Scrum @ Scale (S@S) – something that gives Gene an additional perspective on scaling.

Gene's focus is on helping organizations and teams with improving system design and organizational structure and overall efficiency.  Gene engages at all organizational levels: senior leadership, mid-level management, teams and individuals.  To be effective as a coach, Gene uses various coaching tools and techniques, based on circumstances, while also leveraging elements of training and mentoring, to supplement his coaching.

Gene have successfully served small, mid-size and large companies. He has traveled to various parts of the world, while delivering agile training and coaching for his clients and employers.

Gene is an active member of local agile community (NYC), where he is known as a big proponent of community-wide, cost effective agile education. He delivers such education “to crowds” via personal presentations, organizing open-space agile collaboration workshops and retreats, group meetings and other community activities. Gene strongly emphasizes the importance and abide to ‘ethics of agile coaching’.

He strongly supports Scrum Alliance (SA) in its efforts of “transforming the world of work”.   He is an active member of SA working group of coaches and trainers that has been involved in improving SA certification programs, by aligning them with natural career paths of agile professionals: Team Level Coaching Certifications (CTC) (Gene is one of co-creators of the program) and Enterprise Level Coaching Certifications (CEC)

Mor about Gene is at: https://www.keystepstosuccess.com/about-me/

Additional Price Information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/certified-large-scale-scrum-basics-clb-aug-15-16-tickets-114597084966