Certified LeSS Basics
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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 a 1-day overview of the framework and some of the essential concepts that it uses. It will help determining whether LeSS is for you but for LeSS adoptions, we’d recommend to follow it up with a LeSS Practitioner course.
This course can be taught by a LeSS-Friendly Scrum Trainer, which is a Certified Scrum trainer with extensive LeSS knowledge. As such, this will the authentic representation of LeSS, without "softening modifications" to fit an existing organizational structure.
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 Certifie d Scrum Master or a Professional Scrum Master course, or thoroughly reading Scrum introduction material such as the Scrum Primer and practicing Scrum. The Certified LeSS Basics course is often combined with a Scrum course where this will be the last day of a longer Scrum-focused training.
- Experienced ScrumMasters and agile practitioners
- Team and Organizational coaches, Trainers
- Organizational leaders and managers (basic scrum knowledge is a must)
- Software engineers and hands-on technologists (basic scrum knowledge is a must)
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.
- Introduction to LeSS (Why LeSS?)
- Lean Thinking and System Thinking
- LeSS - as Scrum-based approach on scaling
- How does LeSS scale over ~8 teams?
- Dynamics of component teams vs. feature teams
- Roles, Events, Artifacts
- What is basic Scrum and what is specific to LeSS?
- Why there is one and only real PO and not so-called team POs?
- Why ScruMaster in LeSS is a full-time role?
- The complete diagram of LeSS: principles, rules, guides, and experiments
- Impact of LeSS on organizational design (structures, policies)
- Local Optimization vs. Global Optimization
- The ‘Contract’ Game
- The Product
- Product Development Types
- Product Portfolio Management (real portfolios vs. fake portfolios)
- Why are there so many attempts to modify LeSS, without trying it?
- LeSS vs. LeSS Huge
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
- Readings Preparing for First Call
- Readings Preparing for LeSS Adoption
- Feature Team Primer, by Craig Larman and Bas Vodde
- Lean Thinking, by Craig Larman and Bas Vodde
- System Thinking, by Craig Larman and Bas Vodde
- LeSS Story
- LeSS Principles
- The Scrum Guide, by Jeff Sutherland and Ken Scwaber
- Scrum Checklist by Henrik Kniberg
- The Scrum Master Checklist, by Michael James
- Scrum Primer
Additional Useful References
- LeSS Events in NYC
- LeSS Communities Globally
- LeSS Newsletters Archive
- LeSS Articles
- LeSS-related Books
- LeSS Videos
- LeSS Brochure
- LeSS Rules
- CLB Flyer
- LeSS Onion (experiments included)
- System Thinking in LeSS transformations (Lv Yi)
Feedback from previous CLB:
"In Agile coaching field, we practitioners are exposed to different scenarios every day; different engagements call for different methods of treatment. Product development evolves every day with more potent, more successful solutions than in previous years, demanding of course, that we adapt to learn, grow and stay updated.
Personally, to me, the last weekend course of CLB presented a high-level review of the curriculum of LeSS Basics, and this gave the participants hands-on experience of standard LeSS practices."
Aleksandr Kizhner, Agile Coach
"Great class, very engaging discussions and collaboration among enthusiasts in the field – we even found lunch time to be productive and informative. Thank you – Gene for great learning experience for us – a Saturday well spent – I personally was able to understand Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) better and assess which products/teams would benefit from it. The class also helped me understand that LeSS is not something an organization might want to take on without an experienced LeSS coach helping them with its adoption. I would highly recommend this class for anyone trying to understand LeSS without investing 3 full days for a practitioner class."
Elena Aminova, Agile Coach
"The workshop explored the right way to integrate SCRUM into organizations and it identified the root causes and pitfalls of weak implementations. Great lessons!"
Yael Israel, Project Manager
"This was another outstanding coaching delivered by Gene.
This class helped me understand the basics of Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) implementation and how LeSS could drive systematic changes within an organization.
From the first minutes of the course, Gene managed to get everyone involved and actively participating in solving impediments related to Agile transformation for any organization.
The course used extensive process and system modeling to pinpoint and deliver root cause analysis on possible failures or imperfections for enterprise Agile implementation.
This course strengthened my desire to learn more about LeSS and to take the next steps to become a Certified LeSS Practitioner."
Alex Gas, Project Manager, Agile Coach
About the instructor (Gene Gendel):
Gene Gendel is Agile Coach, Trainer and Organizational Design Agent. Gene is one of very few Scrum Alliance Certified Enterprise Coaches (CEC) and LeSS-friendly Scrum Trainer(LFST) (also, Certified LeSS Trainer (CLT) -candidate.) , who is able to teach LeSS Basics Certification (CLB) course, according to CLB Learning Objectives. Gene's goal is to help organizations with improving internal dynamics, organizational structure and overall efficiency. He strives to engage at all organizational levels: senior- and mid-level management, teams and individuals.
In his work, Gene uses various methods, tools and techniques to strengthen learning of others and to ensure that teams and individuals gain autonomy after he “coaches himself out of the job”. Throughout his long career, Gene has served small, mid-size and large companies, domestically and abroad.
Gene is a well-recognized member of global and local agile communities, where he influences people via open-space agile collaboration workshops, coaching retreats, group events and presentations.
Gene is a well-recognized blogger and publisher. He is the co-author of the book Agile Coaching: Wisdom from Practitioners (free pdf). His collection of personal essays (“The Green Book“) can be also found here.
Gene 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 have been involved in improving SA certification/education programs, by aligning them with natural career paths of agile professionals: Team Level Coaching Certifications (CTC) (Gene is also one of co-creators of the program) and Enterprise Level Coaching Certifications (CEC).
Read more about Gene’s biography, credentials and work history on his personal site here.
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