Certified LeSS Practitioner Training Course

Certified LeSS Practitioner with Craig Larman

About this course

Learn with Craig Larman—the co-creator of LeSS—in this 3-day highly-participative course. Participants (senior managers, product developers, …) explore a deep understanding of LeSS, Large-Scale Scrum, for lean & agile development with many teams working together on one product. We explore adoption, new organizational design, systems thinking & optimization, the role of management, and concretely how to work together in a Sprint at scale in terms of coordination, architecture, planning, and more.

(Course runs until 17:30 on all 3 days, including day 3; for certification, full attendance required)

Critically, we explore the Big Idea of more with LeSSsimplifying & descaling over “scaling”, or… scaling product development by descaling the organization.

Perhaps most importantly and interestingly, this course runs mostly as a series of “at giant whiteboards” deep-thinking exercises involving systems modeling in small teams to explore why, so that people can own the ideas by discovering them for themselves, rather than “renting” the ideas. A focus on why and owning not renting are important elements of LeSS and how it’s learned, and Craig emphasizes this in the course learning experience.

Join Larman for a deep dive into more with LeSS, 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 Development with LeSS
  • Scaling Lean & Agile Development: Thinking and Organizational Tools for LeSS

What you will receive:

After successful course completion (attending full-time, etc)…

All participants will be a Certified LeSS Practitioner and will get an account on less.works. Here you can find:

  • (free) digital versions of the firstsecond, and third LeSS books
  • more LeSS learning (videos, etc)
  • the course handout PDF and photos of everything created within the course that was on the walls
  • contacts of all course participants
  • a course certificate

You will also:

  • gain valuable insights into organizational design and lean
  • immersive learning using deep-thinking exercises and system modelling to explore ideas 
  • understand how to scale product development by descaling the organization

Course dates and pricing

Please note that any courses scheduled to run in-the-room are subject to cancellation if restrictions due to covid 19 in that location mean that the course is unable to go ahead. Delegates will receive a full refund or can transfer to an online course.

Who Should Attend?

Certification

After successful course completion (attending full-time, etc.)…All participants will be a Certified LeSS Practitioner. You must complete all three days to be eligible for the certification.

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

Pre-Requisites

An understanding of Agile and Scrum.

Course agenda

LeSS Overview

  • descaling and simplifying over scaling: more with LeSS
  • LeSS principles, frameworks, guides, experiments
  • two LeSS frameworks: basic & LeSS Huge

Local Optimization & System Optimization

  • local versus global systems optimization
  • local optimization in backlogs
  • local optimization in product definition
  • local optimization in planning
  • local optimization in in analysis & design
  • local optimization in programming

Product Definition

  • redefining the scope of product, and the impact on global optimization
  • portfolio management

LeSS Huge

  • Requirement Areas
  • Area Product Owners
  • role of Overall Product Owner
  • Area Backlogs
  • adoption

LeSS Sprint

  • preparation before first Sprint
  • Sprint Planning with many teams
  • coordination & integration: from communities to architecture
  • scaling Product Backlog Refinement
  • scaling the Sprint Review & Retrospective
  • multi-site development

Adoption

  • pre-adoption: building interest
  • the adoption guides
  • 3 principles
  • getting started
  • scope of first adoption
  • stories of LeSS adoptions

More on LeSS Roles

  • Managers in a LeSS organization
  • Scrum Masters in LeSS
  • Product Owner in LeSS

Why LeSS

  • shu-ha-ri and frameworks
  • empirical control
  • why “More with LeSS”?
  • systems optimization
  • occupational psychology

High praise for this training

“It was inspiring to discuss Large-Scale Scrum with Craig Larman. The content of the course was top-notch.”

Steve Alexander
Certified LeSS Practitioner (CLP) Delegate

““The delivery was outstanding and the supporting material vast and detailed.”

Simone Zecchi
Certified LeSS Practitioner (CLP) Delegate

Our course trainers

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Craig Larman

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, bwin.party, 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 also served as chief scientist at Valtech and while living in Bengaluru India, at Valtech’s development centre helped to create agile offshore development with LeSS.

In addition to his focus on hands-on LeSS consulting and product work, he occasionally speaks in public, such as keynoting on LeSS at the 2016 Global Scrum Gathering, the 2015 Manage Agile conference, the 2014 Software Executive Summit, the 2013 Agile India conference, and the 2011 QCon conference.

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, including:

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”.

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