LeSS Talks: GEMBA SPRINT Go, See and Do!, with Ahmad Fahmy

Also, watch: “Introducing the Gemba Sprint” (4 min) Synopsis: If teams are self-managing, why do you need managers? This was the question that Google’s Larry page and Sergey Brin debated in 2001. Ultimately, they decided that that management was unnecessary and initiated what they called a Disorg and fired all managers. A year later, there was an intellectual … Read more

Another False Dichotomy? Do You Really HAVE to choose between Scrum and XP?

According to the Wikipedia: “A false dilemma, also referred to as false dichotomy or false binary, is an informal fallacy based on a premise that erroneously limits what options are available. The source of the fallacy lies not in an invalid form of inference but in a false premise.“Some of false binaries (dichotomies), with respect to choosing Kanban over Scrum, have … Read more

LeSS Talks: Conversation With Agile Manifesto Co-Creator – Jon Kern

Download Materials Synopsis: Hear how Agile Manifesto Co-Author Jon Kern approaches software development. Jon will discuss the foundations he considers to be necessary for producing a successful software product. He will also touch on what he has recently discovered as a missing piece to his practice of helping teams become high-performing. Bio: Jon Kern – … Read more

LeSS Works: Conversation With Agile Manifesto Co-Creator – Uncle Bob Martin

  Recording Part 1 Recording Part 2 Download materials In this talk, Uncle Bob transports you into an alternate reality where he is your new CTO. This is what he expects from you. As you listen, notice how reasonable these expectations are to customers and users. Notice also how impossible they appear to programmers.   … Read more

LeSS Talks: Professor Snowden, Answering Tough Questions For: Individuals, Companies, Industry

This topic was based on the questions, crowdsourced from the audience, for Professor Snowden. The questions covered: Complexity management vs. complexity reduction. This jives so much with dependency management vs. dependency reduction. Companies tend to skillfully MANAGE complexity and dependencies, with more tools, processes and processors, as opposed to reducing them. Any thoughts on this? … Read more

LeSS with Gene and James: Why Agile Roles Are Being Eliminated? What Are Systemic Root Causes Of This?

Industry Announcements That Led To This Discussion. On January 19, both Bloomberg and Reuters, independently, came out with the news about one large American bank holding company that eliminated 1100 Tech Jobs, and by making this decision, directly impacted ‘agile delivery’ roles/agile jobs families.  (click the links above for details). Interestingly, a few years ago, … Read more

LeSS with Gene and James: Communicate in Code & Integrate Continuously

The following two LeSS guides for technical excellence are captured in LeSS book 1 and 2: Guide: Communicate in Code. This is the best way for developers to exchange information and understand each other’s work. Reading someone’s clean code and not having the need to be given additional interpretation of what the code means is … Read more

LeSS Talks: Internal [Unintentional] Distortions of LeSS

Download Materials In this discussion we spoke about some most common distortions of Large Scale Scrum (LeSS & LeSS Huge), seen within organizations, when LeSS terminology was applied, internally, without deep understanding of its meaning.  We also focused on systemic implications of such misuse and omissions. The following was discussed: Multiple Component (or even Feature/Product … Read more

LeSS with Gene and James: Navigating the LeSS Complete Picture

Synopsis: How to embrace and digest the entire body of knowledge that Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) offers? How to understand what is foundational, what is minimally required and what is optional? There is an image on less.works site that graphically illustrates LeSS Principles, Frameworks (Rules), Guides & Experiments. However, how the aforementioned relate to one … Read more