Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS) is a framework for scaling agile development to multiple teams. 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 Practitioner course is an in-depth course covering the LeSS principles, framework and rules, and guides. It provides essential information for adopting and improving LeSS to your product development group. The course contains an overview of LeSS, stories on LeSS adoptions, exercises and extensive LeSS Q&A to ensure we discuss the topics most of interest to the participants.
The Certified LeSS Practitioner course is for anyone who is involved in a LeSS effort. Basic Scrum knowledge is expected and can be achieved by attending a Certified ScrumMaster or a Professional ScrumMaster course, or thoroughly reading Scrum introduction material such as the Scrum Primer and practicing Scrum.
The course is three days. The first day has the focus on the LeSS Overview, the LeSS Principles and organizational aspects. The second day focuses on managing the product development with Definition of Done, role of the Product Owner and how (line) managements role changes in LeSS. The last day focuses on how the different teams coordinate their work, how LeSS is adopted in organizations and the role of the ScrumMaster.
In more detail:
- Scrum, LeSS and LeSS Huge Overview
- LeSS Principles
- Organizing around Customer Value and Feature Teams
- What is your product?
- Definition of Done and its impacts.
- Feature Team Adoption Map
- Product Owner and Product Backlog
- Role of Management
- Organizational impacts and typical LeSS organizational structure
- LeSS Product Backlog Refinement, Sprint Planning, Review and Retrospective
- Consideration on technical practices when scaling.
- Integration & Coordination
- Adopting LeSS in your organization
- Case Study: Bank of America and JP Morgan Chase
- ScrumMaster role within LeSS
After course completion
All participants will be a Certified LeSS Practitioner and will get an account on less.works. Here they can find additional information about LeSS, share course information and stay in contact with the other course participants.
All participants get access to the draft of the new upcoming book: Large-Scale Scrum: More with LeSS
LeSS Course Review by a Student
3 days of learning Large Scale Scrum with Ahmad Fahmy
“Fascinating course giving a privileged insight into how LeSS can change an organisation’s behaviour.” Sam Reed – Ministry of Justice
The Certified LeSS Practitioner (CLP) course – promotes itself as a course that will teach you how to scale scrum following its clear set of principles and rules.
So why do we need to learn how to scale Scrum?
An important question. Scrum is an excellent framework when used for one product within one team. Surely scrum should just work, right? But the basic core concepts start to break down as you scale scrum through the organisation. Resulting in disillusioned teams, failing products and a lot of unhappy people.
Learning how to scale Scrum isn’t a new phenomenon either. The community has actively been exploring and sharing new ideas for many years. As a result, there are many frameworks out there, each suited to an organisation’s context.
Where does LeSS fit in?
LeSS has been a work in progress for 10 years. Following its formal launch in 2008, the LeSS CLP courses were released last year. The aim of the course is to teach you how to scale Scrum using the LeSS principles and practices. I was fortunate to attend a CLP class last week.
The importance of an experienced trainer
Our trainer was Ahmad Fahmy, a guy with a staggering amount of experience, energy and enthusiasm to boot.
Ahmad’s career began as a web developer at the age of 18. Following a career spanning many large financial institutions including Bank of America Merrill Lynch, JP Morgan and ION Trading, he joined the LeSS company in 2010 after meeting Craig Larman, who was a consultant for a large scale LeSS adoption at the company Ahmad was working for at the time.
It was an absolute privilege to attend a class facilitated by someone with such a depth and breadth of real-world experience. During which we went on an incredible learning journey. We re-learnt Scrum. We learnt why LeSS is Scrum at Scale. How to fend off nerves before public speaking [Mind hack #1]. The art of Lean Management. Why the ScrumMaster at scale needs to have strong socio-political influence. Why scaling needs to come from both the top and the bottom. And much more.
In fact, I learnt how to learn! Never before have I retained so much knowledge and understanding following a course.
“Ahmad clearly knows his stuff (organizational change & LeSS). He is energised, enthusiastic and not afraid to share his experiences. Real world examples help make the theory come to life. Overall, recommended.” Craig Lowdon
LeSS hits the sweet spot between rules and principles. From the outset, it seems quite straightforward – and it is – but it’s hard, hard work. The course content is very honest about this.
In fact, Ahmad frequently told us - what he tells clients that are embarking on a LeSS adoption. DON’T DO IT.
The LeSS principles and rules need organisations to rethink the values they are built upon. In doing so - they can restructure their teams, create “helicopter leaders” and give their employees purpose. Without which, a LeSS transformation will fail.
This is incredibly challenging and forces many organisations to change at a structural level.
Our class was a mix of consultants, coaches, ScrumMasters and developers from financial institutions, startups and governmental organisations. For most - the realisation that their organisational structure would have to change, sank in on the 3rd day.
“Whether or not your organisation adopts LeSS… you will leave this course inspired & better armed to tackle the challenges of implementing agile practices across teams.” John Flower – Datasif
Essentially - the CLP is a course not just about SCRUM at scale, but organisational design. The importance of looking at “the whole” of everything and anything. By looking from the outside, in and connecting the dots. Anyone with an interest in product development from an organisational structural level, e.g management, consultants should attend this course. Your eyes will be opened to a revolutionary way to organise your businesses.
At a fundamental level we learnt “how” and “why” it’s important to be committed to the LeSS principles to make scrum at scale successful.
These principles include:
- empirical process control
- continuous improvement
- see the principles here. https://less.works/less/principles/index.html
Because of Ahmad’s experience we learned how transformations are successful and how they can go bad via his many war stories. Crucially, I learnt that at the crux of it - LeSS is rooted in the principles of the agile manifesto. And it’s when people forget/disregard these principles - that the problems start.