Feb 1-3, 2016. Certified LeSS Practitioner in New York


Author: Gene Gendel


Event Details

 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, rules, and guides. It provides essential information for adopting and continuously improving LeSS in your product development group using various thinking tools, organizational tools and action tools. The course contains an overview of LeSS, stories on LeSS adoptions, exercises and extensive Q&A sessions to ensure we discuss the topics most of interest to the participants.

The Certified LeSS Practitioner course is for anyone who is involved a large agile adoption. Basic Scrum knowledge is expected. This can be achieved by attending a Certified ScrumMaster courseProfessional ScrumMaster course, or by thoroughly reading Scrum introduction material such as the Scrum Primer and practicing Scrum.

(To view photos and summary of the previous LeSS course (September, 2015) in NYC please click here.)



In this highly interactive course, participants will get a thorough introduction to LeSS, a deep understanding of the underlying principles and the concrete practices to help them to implement LeSS in their own organization.

Day 1

  • Introduction
  • The History and Overview of LeSS
  • LeSS Principles
  • Organising by Customer Value

Day 2

  • Organisational Impact
  • Feature Teams
  • What is Your Product?
  • The Product Owner Role in LeSS
  • Defining Done
  • Product Backlog

Day 3

  • The role of Management
  • Adoption in your Organisation
  • The ScrumMaster Role in LeSS
  • LeSS Sprint
  • Product Backlog Refinement
  • Sprint Planning
  • Sprint Review & Retrospective
  • Coordination & Integration
  • Technical Excellence
  • Working with multiple sites

There will also be multiple opportunities for participant-driven Q&A sessions.

After course completion

All participants will be a Certified LeSS Practitioner and will get an account on the less.works website. Here they can find additional information about LeSS, share course information and stay in contact with the other course participants.

All participants get access to the draft of the new upcoming book: Large-Scale Scrum: More with LeSS.

About the trainer

This workshop will be led by Karim Harbott.  Karim is an experienced enterprise Agile Coach and trainer. He has guided many large organizations through ‘Agile transformations’ and helped them on their journey to continuous improvement in their product development capability.

As a former Head of Scaled Agile at McKinsey & Co. Karim is comfortable operating at all levels of the organization, but specialists in the enterprise level and organizational redesign.

A trained business and executive coach, Karim is well placed to build internal capabilities in an organization; be it developing Agile Coaches, ScrumMasters, Product Owners, Developers or working at the C-level to help leaders make the changes necessary to enable true, large-scale business agility.

Karim is a Certified Scrum Coach, Certified LeSS Trainer, SAFe Program Consultant and Accredited Kanban Trainer.

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3 thoughts on “Feb 1-3, 2016. Certified LeSS Practitioner in New York”

  1. I wrote up a review I’m going to share internally. Thought I’d post here as well:

    Graduation a New Class of LeSS Certified Practitioners
    New York, Feburary 2016
    Erin Perry

    LeSS is Scrum: One of the 10 values of LeSS expresses the fundamental revelations we had while attending the 3 day LeSS certified practitioner course in New York in early February. Rather than corrupting Scrum to meet the seemingly “special” needs of an organization, LeSS calls out what should be obvious: if you want true agility, you must change. Too often we want to mirror current processes and structure, relabeling and remapping existing organization and process instead of truly improving. Change is hard, and we as change agents have the difficult task of advocating our organization look at its true faults and weaknesses and address them.

    The room was filled with varying experience. We started by self organizing ourselves according to our experience in scaled scrum. I expected to be towards the more experienced end, but instead found myself towards the low-middle. That introduction proved this wasn’t going to be an average scrum gathering. These were experienced professionals at senior levels in their organizations: professional coaches, leaders, and scrum masters. The interaction from the room was fantastic, led with aplomb by London-based instructor Karim Harbott.

    I’ve had first-hand experience with LeSS, working with and alongside Craig Larman on several transformations and training programs. I came into the class expecting a refresher and looking to make connections in the LeSS community. I came out with far more than I could’ve imagined. I was refreshed, but also re-energized and re-tooled with how to make LeSS work in my organization and how to express its benefits through queuing theory and the costs of delay. Karim’s extensive experience, particularly in Financial Services, was invaluable to me. Particular highlights included root cause analysis through causal loop models and a discussion on how to define a product. The product conversation focused on the risks of defining them at the component level, using real examples from our organizations. In particular, this is a key pain point in many parts of my existing organization. Extensive dependencies keep any team from truly delivering a feature during any sprint.

    Organizations and change leaders looking to make lasting change and achieve true Business Agility would be well advised to look to LeSS as a framework for continuous improvement towards perfection.

    See https://less.works for more information on the framework and upcoming courses.

  2. The LeSS framework really resonated with me as I had actually implemented LeSS without knowing it at a prior client. Knowing that LeSS is an empirical outcome of trial and error with scaling scrum validated its existence in my eyes as fundamentally aligned with the agile manifesto and the scrum framework itself.

    The course material was intuitive, and Karim Harbott delivered it wonderfully.

    Definitely a must attend for anyone interested in scaling scrum at their organizations, or merely for learning purposes.


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