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Purpose of mentoring

Candidate LeSS Trainers will be given a mentor to guide them through their current LeSS adoption and through the last steps to become a LeSS Trainer. The purpose of mentoring is learning for both the mentor and the mentee. It will require patience as it will take time, there is no fixed process or time for mentoring.

Key points to remember related to mentoring:

  • The objective of mentoring is learning!
  • The learning is both ways. The mentor will learn about the about the mentee and the other way around.
  • The mentoring focuses both on the current ongoing LeSS adoption and on writing the case study.
  • Mentoring takes as long as it takes. Do not treat it as a checkbox activity that you need to get through. It will not be constructive towards the mentoring process.

What to expect?

There is no fixed “mentoring process” and instead it will be personal between the mentor and the mentee. Some practices that have been used:

  • Start with a discussion about how you are going to work together.
  • Get to know each other personally. Preferably meet up face-to-face. Preferably regularly.
  • Have discussions regularly. At least monthly for 2 hours.
  • As mentee, regualy ask advise from mentor. E.g. share facilitations guides.
  • Invite the mentor to join the LeSS adoption as observer or coach.
  • Co-train a public course. This causes more interest which leads to more LeSS adoptions and better case studies.
  • As mentor, ask mentee to make system models of different scenarios. Discuss them together.
  • As mentee, you must be able to share openly with your mentor related to your case study and/or your current LeSS adoption. Not sharing openly will make mentoring impossible.
  • Take one of the LeSS books and select a page at randomly. Share experience related to that.
  • Encourage the mentee to write blog posts about the learning.
  • Have discussions about the case study before writing the first version.
  • Try to define a theme or focus of the case study.
  • Set expectations for the final review of the case study (with Craig) that it is also a 2-way learning.

Quick tips for mentors

  • Avoid large timezone differences between mentor and mentee.
  • When it isn’t working, raise that to find a different mentee.

Where do I find my mentor

If you know a current LeSS Trainer who wants to be your mentor, ask them. If not, then you probably want to drop a mail to Bas