Certified LeSS Practitioner Training with Craig Larman - December 2016 // NYC
$2,299 – $2,699
Certified LeSS Practitioner Training with Craig Larman - December 2016 // NYC

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Learn with Craig Larman—the co-creator of LeSS— in this 3-day highly-participative course.

Participants (senior managers, agile coaches, ...) get a thorough understanding of LeSS, Large-Scale Scrum, for scaling agile development to many teams working together on one product. In-depth, we explore adoption, new organizational design, systems thinking & optimization, the role of management, and very concretely how to work together in a Sprint at scale in terms of coordination, architecture, planning, and much more.  

Bonus: Each day there is an in-depth Q&A clinic with Craig Larman, based on his long experience with LeSS adoptions.


In addition to course material, each participant will also receive 3 books on LeSS: 

  • Large-Scale Scrum: More with LeSS

  • Practices for Scaling Lean & Agile Development: Large, Multisite & Offshore Product Development with Large-Scale Scrum

  • Scaling Lean & Agile Development: Thinking and Organizational Tools for Large-Scale Scrum


Course Agenda:

LeSS Overview

  • LeSS principles, framework, guides, experiments
  • two LeSS frameworks: basic & LeSS Huge
  • learning resources



  • pre-adoption: building interest

  • the adoption guides

  • 3 principles

  • getting started

  • scope of first adoption

  • stories of LeSS adoptions 

Local Optimization & System Optimization 

  • local versus global optimization

  • local optimization in planning

  • local optimization in in analysis & design

  • local optimization in in programming & technology


Adoption: Organizing by Customer Value

  • towards global optimization: multiple feature teams on one product

  • adoption & organizational design implications of feature teams

  • 3 types of development

  • where is the Product Owner?

  • discovering/defining your product scope in LeSS

  • incremental change: feature-team adoption mapping


Why LeSS?

  • shu-ha-ri and frameworks

  • empirical process control

  • why "More with LeSS"?

  • systems optimization

  • occupational psychology

  • lean thinking & value-driven


LeSS Sprint

  • preparation meetings before first Sprint

  • Sprint Planning with many teams

  • coordination & integration: from communities to architecture

  • scaling Product Backlog Refinement

  • scaling the Sprint Review & Retrospective

  • multisite


Done & Undone in LeSS 

  • perfect and imperfect Done

  • improvement, organizational design, and Done

  • handling Undone

  • shipping and DevOps


LeSS Rules

  • rules for smaller LeSS framework

  • rules for LeSS Huge


LeSS Huge Framework

  • Requirement Areas

  • Area Product Owners

  • role of Overall Product Owner

  • Area Backlogs

  • adoption

More LeSS Principles

  • systems thinking and causal-loop modeling

  • whole-product focus

  • lean thinking

  • queuing theory


LeSS Roles

  • Managers in a LeSS organization

  • ScrumMasters at scale

  • Product Owner in LeSS


In-Depth Special Topics: A Deep-Dive Q&A Clinic

Although there are some constants in a LeSS adoption, there are many variations, due to myriad contexts. And there are many special-topic questions that participants have, usually variations of “When scaling Scrum, how do we…?” These questions range from “contracts to career path.” Therefore, a full half-day to day of this course is dedicated to a structured Q&A session that works through a group-prioritized list of burning issues and questions. Craig Larman, drawing on his many years of experience of actual LeSS adoptions, will dialog and explore solutions with the group.


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.


About Craig Larman

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 2003 book “Agile & Iterative Development: A Manager’s Guide”.


Craig Larman


Scrum Alliance Endorsed Group


You will be eligible for 24 SEU points from the Scrum Alliance by taking this course.

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