Learning to scale scrum with LeSS

Firstly, if you’re completely new to Scrum, you might want to take our Introduction to Agile and Scrum E-learning Course. If not, read on…

I learned more about Scrum (and at scale) in three days than in the last three years – even thought I am an agile trainer/coach. On top of that, it was great fun. The things you learn on this course are immediately applicable in daily practice.

Craig Larman the co-founder of LeSS, will be sharing his knowledge and expertise on the Certified LeSS Practitioner course in London this summer. The LeSS course teaches you how to scale scrum and valuable, important lessons about organisational design.

Why learn to scale scrum?

We need to learn how to scale scrum because scrum tends to fall apart when you apply it to more than 1 team. This course teaches you how to apply its principles like lean thinking and queueing theory to big product groups.

Because the LeSS framework is the least prescriptive out of all the frameworks – it’s therefore truly Agile in its approach. Consequently – the demand for this framework is expected to grow.

Large organisations that have adopted LeSS, have transformed and restructured their organisations in the process. You will learn all about this on the course.

During and following their transformations businesses like ION Trading and JP Morgan Chase have experienced the following:

  • affordable quarterly releases
  • reduce significant technical debt
  • reduced middle-management by moving individuals back to key development functions or key leadership roles
  • increased deployment delivery
  • roadmap of improvement so the organisation is eager to go through the next challenges
  • line coaches who support and mentor rather than dictate
  • teams empowered to make important decisions without the need for approval from above
  • reduced handoffs, context switching, delay, key man risk, inflexibility, and single-specialist bottlenecks

The Scrum Alliance acknowledges “Large-Scale Scrum” (LeSS) as one of the industry’s approved courses for scaling scrum as a Scrum Alliance “Added Qualification”.

About the Course:

During 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 organisational design
  • systems thinking & optimisation
  • the role of management
  • how to work together in a Sprint at scale in terms of coordination, architecture, planning, and much more!

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.

Basic Scrum knowledge is expected and can be achieved by attending a Certified Scrum Master or a Professional Scrum Master course, or thoroughly reading Scrum introduction material such as the Scrum Primer and practicing Scrum.

For more info about LeSS please see the informative www.less.works website for dates on the next training please visit the course page here.

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