Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS) is a framework for scaling agile development methods for multiple teams. A short overview can be found on LeSS.works . LeSS builds on the Scrum principles such as empiricism and cross-functional, self-managing teams and provides a framework to use them on a larger scale. Here, simple structural rules and guidelines are given, as Scrum can also be used for large projects in product development.
The Certified LeSS Basics course provides an initial introduction to the LeSS framework. In a one-day training course, you will get an overview of the framework itself and get to know some of the basic concepts. The course will help you decide if LeSS could be the right one for your needs, but for the introduction of LeSS, we also recommend participating in a LeSS Practitioner course .
The Certified LeSS Basics course is suitable for anyone who deals with the concept of LeSS. Basic knowledge of Scrum is required, which means, for example, that a course has already been completed as a Certified Scrum Master or a Professional Scrum Master , or has been acquired through the study of specialist literature such as the Scrum Primer and practical experience in using Scrum. The Certified Less Basics course is often offered as an extension day of a Scrum course and thus serves to deepen Scrum-focused training.
Would you like to know what practical experience some companies have had with the introduction of LeSS? Then visit the LeSS Case Studies page .
A year (or more) after this course is over, we want and hope that participants will still be able to:
- Articulate why LeSS
- Explain how LeSS is a Scrum-based approach on scaling
- Summarize what impact this has on the organisational design (structures, policies, etc.)
- Explain the dynamics of component teams vs. feature teams
- Explain all LeSS roles and their purposes
- Explain why there is one and only real PO and not so-called team POs
- Explain the LeSS Complete diagram, organizing LeSS information in terms of the principles, rules, guides, and experiments
- Explain how LeSS scales over ~8 teams
- Know the existence of and location of major learning resources at less.works, including at least these sections: Why LeSS?, Introduction to LeSS (chapter 2 from book 3), the rules, the online videos & books chapters. (this should be done with at least a “2” minute online tour of these elements, by the trainer)
After the class, we expect that participants will have skills to:
- Analyze their current organisations’ state
- Evaluate the applicability of LeSS in their current work environment
After the class we want and hope participants are able to make following the connections:
- LeSS is Scrum.
- What organisational impacts LeSS adoption may cause.
- What impact would LeSS adoption make to participants’ work life.
- LeSS is building on top of modern management thinking. Eg. Peter Senge, John Seddon, W. Edwards Deming, Taiichi Ohno, Richard Hackman, Robert Sutton and Jeffrey Pfeffer. The authors and practitioners of LeSS advocate understanding leading management thinkers and prevailing evidence in terms of management thinking, and participants are encouraged to continue learning post training.
Human Dimensions Goals
After the class we want and hope participants have made the following realisations:
- There is no blame. People’s behaviour is determined by the system they are in (managers have a responsibility to change the system).
- What participants could or should learn about themselves
- What is preventing them from influencing the organization they are currently in
- What participants could or should learn about understanding others and/or interacting with them
After the class, we want and hope participants have
- Interest in learning more about topics discussed in the class
- New ideas about their future
John Coleman is an Irish Professional Scrum Trainer (including Scrum with Kanban), a LeSS Friendly trainer, a Leadership Masterclass trainer, and a member of the #MarshallGoldsmithLead60 group.
John Coleman likes to help organizations to ACe their agility transformations. John helps to develop new agility change chefs, budding experts in both agility and transformation, two separate bodies of knowledge. John helps to reinvigorate in flight transformations and helps to start new ones.
John works at all levels, with teams, with programs & products/services, values streams and exec level. John is a systems thinker, and most importantly, John takes an independent view. John is also a people thinker; he specialises in Spiral Dynamics Integral, Viral Change & other models.
John's Scrum+Kanban case studies can be found on www.scrumcasestudies.com (international payments company, European bank). John's experience is current and on a huge scale, so attendees will hear the most recent & most interesting stories during learning.
Claiming PMI PDUs
Students are able to claim 8 PDUs after attending a one-day Certified LeSS Basics (CLB), and 24 PDUs after attending a three-day Certified LeSS Practitioner (CLP) course. Please note that PMI PDUs are earned for course attendance and not for passing an assessment.
Students can claim PDUs under PMI's "Education courses provided by other third-party providers” category. PDUs can be claimed online at https://ccrs.pmi.org
Note for people interested in Scrum.org accreditation via John Coleman at ACe.works:
ACe.works is against price wars and uses systems thinking to attain a virtuous reinforcing loop. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you find an official non-Scrum.org high-quality class that is cheaper than his Scrum.org offering. Scrum.org accreditation credentials never expire(nor will they for the foreseeable future), so you're already saving yourself from renewal fees! John is confident you'll pass the Scrum.org accreditation on your first attempt (out of two). Wouldn't you rather a Scrum.org accreditation that's harder to get, yet very much achievable?
EUR 499 till February, 10
EUR 549 from February, 11 till March, 17