LeSS Talks: Shift From Frantic and Stressful to Focused and Strategic PBR

Download Materials   Synopsis: AVOID Projects being added to your “product” backlog TRY Starting with impact and outcome during ideation AVOID Trying to make everyone happy TRY Thinking about what you’re saying “no” to…when you say “yes” AVOID Starting/working on everything TRY Visualizing intake to surface tradeoff discussion TRY Rationalizing stakeholder requests with user/customer behaviors … Read more

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

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