LeSS Talks: Should Design Teams Sprint Separately From Feature/Product Teams?

Materials Sometimes, we see traditional component teams, adopting Scrum dynamics and trying to sprint within narrow dimensions of their component specialty. They [teams] go through ‘motions’ of sprinting (attending Scrum events, creating Scrum artifacts, assigning Scrum roles), yet at the end of a sprint, they are not able to deliver a PSPI. Such teams tend … Read more

LeSS with Gene and James: LeSS Training Alone Is Not Enough

LeSS badge is a validation of training content authenticity and quality LeSS badge is not proof of attendee’s post-training capability LeSS training is not enough to ensure success with a LeSS adoption, even if training is authentic Self-study BEFORE and self-reflection AFTER LeSS training is a huge plus Initial LeSS adoption coaching is important

LeSS with Gene and James: Focusing on Fundamentals. Reducing “Second Market” Frameworks.

Summary: Why do we need more fancy frameworks? Why not re-focus on having small successes with good-n-old fundamentals? The history of Agile Manifesto (AM) and Scrum has 20+ years. Yet, the % of companies that are consistent with basic principles of AM that can demonstrate rudimentary success with Scrum is still very low. These are … Read more

LeSS Talks: Understanding Organizations as a complex adaptive system, with Dave Snowden

Download Chat Script Synopsis: Understanding the organization as a complex adaptive system offers many opportunities to organizations to increase the rate of innovation and remove excessive costs by understanding what can actually managed. This session will provide some of the background principles to managing complexity and will also look at pragmatic methods and tools that … Read more

LeSS with Gene and James: Selecting a LeSS Trainer

Has your organization decided that it no longer wishes to be fooled by the “Agile Theater” that peppers tens of thousands of people with shallow, superficial and fake changes? Do you feel that you wish to improve your organizational design more systemically, by bringing delivery people closer to users/stakeholders/customers, while reducing redundant org layers? Great! … Read more

LeSS Talks: October 10: Experienced Coaches Share Their Learning Journey & Perspective

The great panel of experienced coaches came together to answer the following questions: What is the most memorable part of your coaching journey? Why did you choose to pursue CEC, CTC in the first place? What was your motivation? To what extent did CTC (or CEC, respectively) process make you challenge your self-perception, as a … Read more

LeSS Talks: July 18: Leveraging LeSS Org Design to Build Competence & Coaching Practice

Materials Synopsis: If you want to lead people, be worth following. Erin Perry and JP White will talk about ways to build a transformation leadership team that inspires envy and leads by example in all things. They’ll share techniques that you can use to shape your transformation org, with real examples of teams they’ve built … Read more

Candid, Unscripted Conversation About SAFe, with Roman Pichler

I (Gene is here) had the pleasure of having a discussion with Roman Pichler, the author of “Agile Product Management with Scrum: Creating Products that Customers Love” (as well as a few other great publications), who recently wrote “Five Product Owner Myths Busted“, making multiple references to SAFe.  In our discussion, particularly, we focused on … Read more

Make Your Coaching Organization Into A Role Model For The Rest Of Your Organization

In this post: Introduction Agile Transformation Group (ATG) Purpose/Focus Position Structure Agile Transformation Team (ATT) Purpose/Focus Position Structure Self-Organization Engagement Example Conclusion Introduction: In their journey, to become more adaptive (agile), organizations need guidance and support.  Ideally, organizations should own their own agile transformations: experiments, decisions, successes and failures, with minimal reliance on external help, … Read more

LeSS Adoption Preparation References

Tweet LeSS Training Deck (available only to LeSS class ex-students) LeSS Adoption Journey Map LeSS Product Definition & Expansion Worksheet Virtual Events in LeSS (Tips & Tricks) System Modelling Exercises (with Solutions) The Complete Picture of LeSS (LeSS “Onion”) Feature Team Primer Agile Contracts Primer Product Definition, DoD & Team ‘Blueprint’ Class Exercise LeSS Game: … Read more