LeSS Workshop

This event has been cancelled.


Description :

Are you leading change in your organisation and seeking inspiration and advice from a highly experienced coach?  Greg Hutchings has led large scale agile and digital transformations for large and small companies around the world, including BMW, Daimler, Flixbus, Michelin, Alcatel-Lucent, PayU and Bwin.party, and he will be in Munich again March 9-10 2021.

Greg is offering a special LeSS-friendly online training for technical and business leaders of change, who are contemplating or in the midst of leading change in their organisation.  Based on learnings from coaching the adoption and adaptation of Large Scale Scrum (LeSS), and also comparative scaling experience with SAFe, the Spotify "model" and do-it-yourself large scale agile approaches, Greg is able to help you to find your own way and pursue and achieve high impact change.

Learn the principles and practices to substantially improve your company's performance.

Feedback from the online 5 day course given by students the week of February 8-12, 2021:


Agenda :

Two full days from 9h - 17h with hourly 7 minute breaks and a lunch break, by default at 12h but adjusted based on participant feedback and confirmation.

In this course we will cover:

A refresher and clarifications on Agility, Scrum, Kanban and Lean

Agile organizational Leadership- versus traditional management

Agile product management and technical leadership

Scaling Scrum with LeSS and other frameworks

Principles and frameworks for scaling

The process of planning and carrying out an agile transformation at scale, and plenty of advice on doing this well

The main roles needed in a large scale agile adoption

Many case studies and shared experience

A focus on your current or chosen case for scaling agile

Lots of Q&A!

Some content will be decided in an agile manner, based on you, the students, your questions and experience.  I will offer feedback on your questions and challenges and facilitate training team interaction and co-learning.

Details :

This course will be given online, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This online course is highly interactive, using Zoom and Miro boards. There will be breaks every hour for 7 minutes, a lunch break, and highly intensive interaction in small groups. The course is designed-for-online and proven to be effective, in a format which is informed by "Teaching from the Back of the Room" principles.

What’s a key insight for senior managers to understand about scaling agile?

You and your company are unique -and I believe that you should retain ownership over your product development lifecycle and methodology, understanding and getting the best advice that you can on the choices that can be made along the way, and adapting the approach to your context. Off-the-shelf frameworks will probably not solve all of your problems for you, but they are useful as references. Among the frameworks, I like LeSS best - it provides 10 principles, 2 frameworks that you can adapt, and myriad guides and experiments with strong advice to help you adapt agile ideas to your own organization. Amongst these ideas is that adoption should be both top-down and bottom-up - meaning that leaders have a critical role in deciding if, and if so, why, they wish to change and improve their organization. In my experience, this leadership is key to being successful.

This course is not a CERTIFIED LeSS training - the current policy of the LeSS Company is not to provide Certified or any official LeSS Executive training online. However, it will is given by a Certified LeSS trainer with much experience in guiding leadership at companies adopting LeSS, and also SAFe, Spotify and custom scaled agile approaches evolved at my client companies, themselves.

Frequently in the organizations that I work with, an organizational design change is considered and implemented with careful consideration of the timing, expected impact and risks. To make lasting changes in your organization, there may well be impacts on group structures, hierarchies, team constitution and formation, roles, positions, processes, and basic policies (such as career path), to create a repurposed and more focussed organization that is flatter, more collaborative and more focused on the rapid delivery of value to customers.

This is a LeSS-friendly, in-depth and interactive course with a very limited participation (15 people maximum), covering the (1) principles of large scale agile, (2) the adoption process, (3) the role of management, and (4) broadly, what a coach, change agent or senior manager needs to know and do to help. The course includes lots of examples from large scale agile adoptions that I have coached, very interactive small group exercises that enhance learning, and a deep dive into systems thinking and becoming familiarity with Causal Loop Diagrams, a great way to model together in deepening understanding of system dynamics (and thus, how to potentially change or keep a system).

There will be extensive Q&A to ensure that we discuss the topics most of interest to the participants.

This course is for senior and executive leadership, usually in mid to very large sized companies, and also for people supporting the leadership in coaching, change agent and manager roles that who need to support a LeSS effort. Since a significant change to your company, whether inspired by LeSS, Nexus, SAFe, Spotify or other approaches, involves both Product Management and R&D (or “business” and “IT”) together, senior representatives of both groups will also want to attend, as well as supportive functions such as the head of HR, whose support and understanding of transitions is essential.

As a special bonus for joining this online training, you will receive a transferable voucher for 1/2 off of a 2nd course given by the same trainer, Greg Hutchings, among those offered in 2021.

If you questions about whether this training would be right for you, please feel free to send me an email Greg@ameliorservices.com or an SMS so that I can promptly call you back to discuss +33 786259811.

Price: 1,850 Euros

Early Bird Price: 1,500 Euros (End Date: 2021-02-28)

Additional Price Information: for groups of 3 or more attending and purchasing together, 1333 Euros per person. Contact me for private courses greg@ameliorservices.com