Scrum Event & AWA: More with LeSS: What do you want to know? with Craig Larman


We're delighted and proud to welcome Craig Larman - the co-creator of LeSS - to this Scrum Event & AWA community meetup. During this 90 minute Q&A we will get to learn more about LeSS.


People often say that they get the most value and enjoy most, this format of LeSS meetup with me. It starts with a structured question-generation step, followed by me round-robin taking everyone’s questions (well actually, you will generate questions with a partner).

I’ll use the questions to extemporaneously pick up and expand the deeper issues and ideas implied, below the surface of the questions. And sometimes a question will remind me to riff into some interesting tangent that involves our experiences with LeSS adoptions and its principles.

Welcome to learning about more with LeSS!

In addition to speaking at this event, Craig will be training his Certified LeSS Practitioner course in London on 18th - 20th March. Sign-up here:


LeSS (Large-Scale Scrum) is the simple high-impact framework for scaling lean and agile development designed to optimize the whole system. It’s based on over a decade of adoptions in many big groups worldwide (e.g., see case studies). In addition to learning about it at, it’s described in the three books on LeSS that come from that decade of experience. Although LeSS is described as for scaling, 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.


Craig Larman is the co-creator (with Bas Vodde) of LeSS (Large-Scale Scrum), and since 2005 has worked with clients to apply the LeSS framework for scaling Scrum, lean thinking, and agile development to big product groups. Much of his work is organizational-design consulting with senior management teams of product groups adopting LeSS.

Craig has served as the lead coach of large-scale lean software development adoption at Xerox, and serves or has served as a consultant for LeSS at Ericsson, UBS,, Nokia Networks and Siemens Networks, Nordea, Cisco-Tandberg, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, JP Morgan, Alcatel-Lucent, and Ion Trading, among many other clients.

Craig has been named one of the top 20 Agile influencers of all time and is the author of several books on scaling lean & agile development with LeSS. Craig was one of the first Certified Scrum Trainers, and helped kick off the Agile movement, especially with his 2002 book “Agile & Iterative Development: A Manager's Guide”.


18:30 - 19:15 - Welcome & Pizza
19:15 - 20:15 - Talk & Session
20:15 - 21:00 - Debrief & Networking

To join, please register using this link 

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