Certified LeSS Basics
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Why Large Scale Scrum (LeSS)?
When there is only one (Development) Team building the "product", the Scrum Guide gives guidelines on how the Scrum Framework works. But what if multiple teams need to work on the product? How can they "scrum" together? What are the "rules" of the game? What guidelines can that they can follow? How can managers/leaders design the organization to be Agile and have teams deliver highest value work every Sprint? Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) addresses these questions.
LeSS is a scaled up version of one-team Scrum. LeSS address the question of how teams can "scrum together" in building the product and how leaders can design such an organization. It is based on Scrum principles such as empiricism, transparency, customer focus, systems thinking, queueing theory, and self-managed cross-functional teams. And to maintain the simplicity and elegance of Scrum, LeSS is a "barely sufficient" and "intentionally incomplete". Principles scale, practices don't. And at the same time, principles are abstract and hard to implement. So LeSS lays out minimilistic set of rules which the teams/organizations have to follow (e.g. single product backlog for multiple teams). LeSS also gives you many guidelines(suggestion) or strong recommendations which have worked successfully for many organizations. And there are more than 600 experiments which you can try when implementing LeSS.
What Past Participants have said about Ram's LeSS Workshops (actual recommendations from LinkedIn)
Ram's workshops are very popular and are highly recommended by his past participants (tip - register soon). Below are a few select recommendations from 350+ LinkedIn recommendations. Please see LinkedIn for the latest recommendations
Thank you Ram for another excellent workshop! As you know, this is my second workshop with you and like the first, you did not disappoint and have exceeded my expectations in educating me about LeSS. You reinforced what I have been pushing for with my own clients in the past without knowing such framework existed and helped me learn principles that I can take with me over the upcoming years to work withy next clients on how to implement scrum and which scrum framework would be the most ideal. I look forward to continuously learn from you as I embark on my journey of learning more about Scrum as a framework. I highly recommend that anyone considering to take courses from Scrum Alliance to seek out Ram as the trainer. - Frances Mak - Business Consultant, Financial Services
I took Ram’s one-day Certified LeSS Basics (CLB) workshop in Toronto earlier this year. This workshop provided a very good overview of LeSS including the benefits and requirements to make LeSS effective. The workshop began with a review of SCRUM fundamentals, followed with a presentation of the LeSS principles coupled with group exercises to reinforce the concepts presented. Ram did an excellent job in presenting the material and providing practical examples based on his experience implementing LeSS. As manager of a Product Management organization, I found this workshop extremely useful to quickly understand the scope and potential of LeSS. As a follow-up to this workshop we have begun sending our Product Managers to the Certified LeSS Practitioner workshops to gain more in-depth LeSS training. Thanks Ram - Charles Smolich , Head of Product Management, HERE Technologies
I have had the pleasure of participating in 2 of Ram's teaching classes. Ram taught the first ever CLB (Certified LeSS Basics) class in Canada, which I was privileged to attend. I also attended Ram's CSM class in Toronto, purely to gain knowledge (as I had already done CSM before). Ram is am excellent orator, with immense knowledge & depth of LeSS and CSM and Agile/Scrum practices. I have attended a number of Certification courses over the last 12 months, and these 2 classes would be my favorite. Ram takes the additional interest to ensure that the students leave the class equipped with the tool-kit & the necessary knowledge and confidence to make a difference in the organizations we work in from Day One. I was able to absorb & digest the exhaustive material that Ram covers in his class with ease, as the pace is well set with ample time to revise & reflect on the leanings and even question or challenge some items. The amount of material that Ram power-packs in his time-boxed classes is incredible , always ensuring that his students leave with maximum & optimum knowledge and many new ideas that students can explore further as part of the Agile learning journey. I would love attend any of Ram's courses at a heartbeat! - Mustafa Poonawala - Agile Coach, ScotiaBank
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Why Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) ?
- Clearing misconceptions about what is Scrum and what is not
- Why LeSS (and Scrum) are "barely sufficient" and "intentionally incomplete"
- Systems Thinking, System Goal and System Optimization
- Local vs Global Optimization (a.k.a Scaling vs DeScaling)
- Understanding Org Design for (De)Scaling
What is Large Scale Scrum (LeSS)?
- Difference between Multi-team Scrum (LeSS) and multiple Scrum Teams, and why multi-team Scrum is optimal
- The LeSS Complete Picture - Principles, Rules, Guide and Experiments
- (Smaller) LeSS Framework (upto "8" teams)
- LeSS Huge Framework (beyond 8 teams)
- The minor differences between Scrum and LeSS
- Product Owner
- Why only ONE Product Owner even for "N" teams - understanding global optimization
- Srum Master
- Role of a Scrum Master in LeSS
- Differences between Component Teams and Feature Teams
- Understanding why Feature teams might be better
- Product Owner
- Product Backlog
- Defining your "Product"
- Why only ONE product Backlog
- Sprint Backlog
- Each team has its own Sprint Backlog
- Understanding Definition of "Done" when multiple teams are building the same "Product"
- Why multiple teams should coordinate to build ONE single Product Increment
- Product Backlog
- Sprint Planning
- Understanding multi-team Sprint Planning
- Daily Scrum
- Sprint Review
- Why only ONE Sprint Review
- Sprint Retrospective
- Team Retrospective
- Overall Retrospective
- Product Backlog Refinement (PBR)
- Overall PBR, multi-team PBR and single team PBR
- Sprint Planning
Multi-team coordination and integration practices
- Coordinate in Code
- Just Talk
- Importance of Technical Practices
- Understanding your Organizational Landscape
- LeSS Adoption
- A Guide to getting started with LeSS
- Initial Product Backlog Refinement
- Definition of Done
- Beyond "8" teams - LeSS Huge Adoption guidelines
- LeSS Resources
Scrum Masters, Product Owners, Developers, Agile Coaches, Managers and Leaders who are interested in learning how to scale their Scrum adoption beyond a single Development Team. 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
Before the training, participants must have knowledge about Scrum and Agile, gained from training (e.g. Certified ScrumMaster), experience, or other forms of education. We recommend checking your knowledge by completing the Scrum Quiz. Knowledge of basic information about LeSS is helpful, but not obligatory. You can get them on the LeSS website .
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
- Evaluate what changes need to be made to help the organization adopt LeSS
Price: 895 CAD
Early Bird Price: 745 CAD (End Date: 2018-10-19)
Additional Price Information: Prices are in CAD. Early Bird pricing is valid only for the first 5 tickets. Please contact Ram (Ram+LeSSWorkshop at InnovAgility.com) for group (3+ ) discounts