Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS) is a framework used by multiple Scrum teams, working on the same Product and sprinting synchronously. LeSS is NOT a congregation of many independent teams, working on unrelated products and doing their own sprinting, independently.
LeSS does not treat Scrum as a low-level foundation, on top of which additional framework layers are built. LeSS is based on principles of Scrum as they are described in “The Scrum Guide”. LeSS uses Scrum as a pivotal building block to scale large product development at enterprise level, by many teams, across multiple product areas, by de-scaling unnecessary organizational complexity that exists today in many companies. LeSS has deep roots in Lean and System Thinking and tightly coupled with understanding System Dynamics.
About This Review
This 1-day introduction and review is designed for individuals/organizations that already have solid experience with implementing basic Scrum and want to learn about LeSS, in a time-effective manner, to the extent that they can make educated decisions about LeSS, as a tool/method for improving system design and overall organizational agility.
By its nature, the content of this review is very provocative and mind-challenging. It makes people think outside of their usual comfort zone. People inevitably face this need, once they better understand system design and system dynamics.
If delivered internally (inside a company) it is recommended to cater LeSS review to whole feature team(s), along with their Product Owner(s), key business stakeholders and senior management. This will insure a stronger learning experience and shared understanding of the subject.
This review will combine instructor-led structured learning of key principles of LeSS, hands-on System Modelling and extensive Q&A that is based on experience of practical implementation and lessons learned by experienced LeSS coaches (example).
- Introduction to LeSS
- LeSS vs. LeSS Huge
- Lean Thinking & System Thinking
- Local Optimization vs. Global Optimization
- The ‘Contract’ Game
- The Product:
- Product Development Types
- Portfolio Management
- LeSS Roles
- Product Owner (Overall & Area)
- Feature Team (vs. Component Team)
- Definition of Done (DoD)
- System Thinking & Dynamics
Reading Pre-Requisites /Self-Study
- Readings Preparing for First Call
- Readings Preparing for LeSS Adoption
- Feature Team Primer, by Craig Larman and Bas Vodde
- Lean Thinking, by Craig Larman and Bas Vodde
- System Thinking, by Craig Larman and Bas Vodde
- LeSS Story
- LeSS Principles
- The Scrum Guide, by Jeff Sutherland and Ken Scwaber
- Scrum Checklist by Henrik Kniberg
- The Scrum Master Checklist, by Michael James
- Scrum Primer
- LeSS Events in NYC
- LeSS Communities Globally
- LeSS Newsletters Archive
- LeSS Articles
- LeSS-related Books
- LeSS Videos
- LeSS Brochure
- LeSS Rules
Scrum Education Units (SEUs)
LeSS in a Nutshell:
(Note: To see the list of 3-day LeSS certification courses, worldwide, please visit this page.)