Why Large Scale Scrum (LeSS)?


Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) was created by Craig Larman and Bas Vodde.

LeSS is the only full lifecycle Agile scaling framework that is truly Agile throughout the entire value stream flow. Large Scale Scrum is truly Scrum (at scale). We do not end up with lots of Scrum teams; we end up with lots of teams Scrum.

From a customer, through an idea to delivery and feedback, LeSS adopts pure Lean principles and optimises large scale development around value delivery. This is in contrast to organisations that optimise around productivity, being busy, or other types of implicit optimisation.

LeSS handles dependencies between teams working on products. Not just simple dependencies but fundamental asynchronous dependencies between prioritised items on the backlog that are executed by multiple teams.

LeSS solves the problem of getting the right engagement from business people. It removes the distinction of ‘the business’ and ‘I.T.’. Product value flow includes the entire organisation.

LeSS doesn’t just focus on development team optimisation. Instead it looks at the entire organisation and seeks to make fundamental changes in culture, structure and optimisation in any organisation with elements of software development. Less:

  • is the only framework that specifically talks about coaches and adoption and doesn’t expect a big bang approach to rollout
  • is the only framework that is truly based around the customer and product
  • stops you going very fast in the wrong direction
  • gets you going at the right optimal speed in the right direction

With Large Scale Scrum, you can achieve more with LeSS. Fewer people, less resource, less waste and less time.

More about LeSS

To find out more, you can view the LeSS website, or watch Craig and Bas at our previous meetups:

Read more about LeSS and AWA here.

To really understand LeSS and be able to implement it at your workplace, you should attend the Certified LeSS training course. See all future courses here.

Please book now to avoid disappointment. The last courses we ran in London and New York sold out.

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