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AUGUST 15-16: CERTIFIED LESS BASICS (CLB) COURSES | VIRTUAL

August 05-07 Class

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System Modeling Exercises

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JULY 22-24: CERTIFIED LESS BASICS (CLB) COURSES | VIRTUAL

 

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Best Agile Articles of 2019: Proper Scaling of Scrum And Dynamic Financial Forecasting

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July 01-03: Certified LeSS Basics (CLB) Courses | Virtual

Class of July 01-03

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06/09 – LESS TALKS: Never-ending saga with Estimation. Can LeSS help us debunk this?

 

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Synopsis:

For so many companies, inability to estimate -> forecast –> budget –> manage expectations of clients/users/management is a big issue.
This is not surprising.Under assumption that everyone understands
Scrum and has first-hands experience with all of the below:

  • “Our teams cannot accurately estimate work”
  • “Our teams are not stable and not dedicated. Capacity is unpredictable”
  • “Not everyone is cross-functional and everyone does their own work. What is the point of estimating together?”
  • “Our teams get confused with historical Velocity-driven planning vs. Capacity-driven planning. When to use what and why?”
  • “Our teams have hard dependencies on other teams. Some resources are shared. What can we do?”
  • “Our estimation and metrics get so-so fudged, as they roll up through multiple organizational layers to the top”
  • “Our organization is fractal: one PO per one team, each team works in a silo. We cannot “standardize” estimation”

And most of the below:

  • -“Individual teams are more or less OK, with estimation, but how to we ‘normalize’ estimation across multiple teams?”
  • -“How do we ‘scale estimation’, so that our sr. management can get a sense of how much work we have?”
  • -“When is the best time to estimate? How provides estimates?”
  • -“How can we effectively estimate with many developers not be co-located?”
  • -“When and where is knowledge about the estimated work being used?”

Let’s talk about how most of these problems can be addressed in Large Scale Scrum.
Instead of implying that LeSS is a silver bullet or blanket solution to everything, lets focus on specific dynamics of LeSS, with respect to:

  • specifics of LeSS product group design
  • intimate synergy between teams
  • roles & responsibilities, artifacts & events

in order to understand WHY estimation and forecasting by LeSS product group (e.g. 50 developers) would be more reliable than the same, done by e.g. 50 developers of a traditionally-designed organization.

May 26-29: Certified LeSS Basics (CLB) Courses | Virtual

Class May 26-29

System Modelling exercises done in class.

Note: These are not “the best” or “the only” solutions.  This is brainstorming in small teams: conditional, situational, circumstantial.

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02/27 – LESS TALKS: Q & A on “The Spotify “Model”: Don’t Simply Copy-Paste”, with Evan

Next virtual LeSS Training:

05/28 – How to Identify “Agile Masquerades”? What Alternatives Could We Offer Instead? @Agile Munich

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ALI in partnership with Agile Beer presents: LeSS – A Descaling Framework

A great opportunity to present to two Ireland meetups, at once:
Agile Lean Ireland and Agile Beer.  More than 150 people joined, with many great questions.

Synopsis:
Although LeSS is a scaling framework, in reality it requires organizational de-scaling.  It is also, organizational design framework that helps to address core elements of organizational design: HR policies, finance/budgeting, vendor management, site strategies – areas that are not too comfortable for many companies to address.

System and Lean thinking drive understanding of LeSS.
LeSS is not about: ‘best practices’, maturity metrics, RAGs, KPIs, tools, and operating models.

LeSS 3 adoption principles are:
1. Deep and Narrow (not broad and shallow)
2. Top – Bottom + Bottom – Up.
3. By Volunteering only