Learn with Craig Larman—the co-creator of LeSS—in this 3-day highly-participative course. Participants (senior managers, agile coaches, ...) get a thorough understanding of LeSS, Large-Scale Scrum, for scaling agile development to many teams working together on one product. In-depth, we explore adoption, new organizational design, systems thinking & optimization, the role of management, and very concretely how to work together in a Sprint at scale in terms of coordination, architecture, planning, and much more.

Perhaps most importantly and interestingly, this course runs mostly as a series of "at giant whiteboards" deep-thinking exercises involving systems modeling in small teams to explore why, so that people can own the ideas by discovering them for themselves, rather than "renting" the ideas. A focus on why and owning not renting are important elements of LeSS and how it's learned, and Craig emphasizes this in the course learning experience.

Each day there is an in-depth Q&A clinic with Craig Larman, based on his long experience with LeSS adoptions.

Feedback from previous courses

  • "I could attend Craig's LeSS training and it was a great experience. I could understand better the basis under LeSS approach directly from his creator . During the training Craig used different techniques such as Cause Diagrams and mind maps which I could set my learnings better. It is always a pleasure to hear from one of the most influent men in Software Development and Agile what is his point of view and his approach to Scale Agile.  –  Israel Alcazar
  • “It was inspiring to discuss Large-Scale Scrum with Craig Larman. The content of the course was top-notch.” – Steve Alexander 
  • “The delivery was outstanding and the supporting material vast and detailed.” – Simone Zecchi
  • “The best course I have ever been on. Totally blown away.” – Simon Powers

In addition to course material, each participant will also receive 2 books on LeSS:

  • Large-Scale Scrum: More with LeSS
  • Scaling Lean & Agile Development: Thinking and Organizational Tools for Large-Scale Scrum

Agenda :

LeSS Overview

- LeSS principles, frameworks, guides, experiments
- Two LeSS frameworks: basic & LeSS Huge
- Learning resources

- Pre-adoption: building interest
- The adoption guides
- Three principles
- Getting started
- Scope of first adoption
- Stories of LeSS adoptions 

Local Optimization & System Optimization 
- Local versus global systems optimization
- Local optimization in backlogs
- Local optimization in product definition
- Local optimization in planning
- Local optimization in in analysis & design
- Local optimization in programming

Product Definition
- Redefining the scope of product, and the impact on global optimization
- Portfolio management

Adoption: Organizing by Customer Value 
- Towards global optimization: multiple feature teams on one product
- Adoption & organizational design implications of feature teams
- Three types of development
- Where is the Product Owner?
- Discovering/defining your product scope in LeSS
- Incremental change: feature-team adoption mapping

Why LeSS?
- Shu-ha-ri and frameworks
- Empirical process control
- Why "More with LeSS"?
- Systems optimization
- Occupational psychology
- Lean thinking & value-driven

LeSS Sprint 
- Preparation meetings before first Sprint
- Sprint Planning with many teams
- Coordination & integration: from communities to architecture
- Scaling Product Backlog Refinement
- Scaling the Sprint Review & Retrospective
- Multisite

Done & Undone in LeSS 
- Perfect and imperfect Done
- Improvement, organizational design, and Done
- Handling Undone
- shipping and DevOps

LeSS Rules 
- Rules for smaller LeSS framework
- Rules for LeSS Huge

LeSS Huge Framework
Requirement Areas
- Area Product Owners
- Role of Overall Product Owner
- Area Backlogs
- Adoption

More on LeSS Principles 
- Systems thinking and causal-loop modeling
- Whole-product focus
- Lean thinking
- Queuing theory

More on LeSS Roles
Managers in a LeSS organization
- ScrumMasters at scale
- Product Owner in LeSS

In-Depth Special Topics: A Deep-Dive Q&A Clinic

Although there are some constants in a LeSS adoption, there are many variations, due to myriad contexts. And there are many special-topic questions that participants have, usually variations of “When scaling Scrum, how do we…?” These questions range from “contracts to career path.” Therefore, a full day of this course is dedicated to a structured Q&A session that works through a group-prioritized list of burning issues and questions. Craig Larman, drawing on his many years of experience of actual LeSS adoptions, will dialog and explore solutions with the group.


After course completion...

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

Craig Larman

Craig Larman is the co-creator of LeSS (Large-Scale Scrum), and since 2005 has worked with clients to apply the LeSS framework for scaling lean thinking and agile development to large, multisite, and offshore development. He helps senior managers and teams with organizational-design consulting for groups adopting LeSS. 

Craig has been named one of the top 20 Agile influencers of all time and is the author of several books on scaling lean & agile development with LeSS, including:

Craig has served as the lead coach of large-scale lean software development adoption at Xerox, and serves or has served as a consultant for LeSS at Ericsson, JP Morgan, Cisco-Tandberg, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Alcatel-Lucent, UBS, bwin.party, Nokia Networks and Siemens Networks, and Ion Trading, among many other clients. Craig has also served as chief scientist at Valtech and while living in Bengaluru India, at Valtech’s development centre helped to create agile offshore development with LeSS.

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His work includes one of the first and best-selling globally popular books on agile methods: Agile & Iterative Development: A Manager's Guide.

He is one of the first Certified Scrum Trainers and Practicing ScrumMasters, starting in the 1990s while at Chevron Research. 

In addition to debugging and re-designing organizations, Craig is an expert in designing (and helping people to design) software systems. He is the author of Applying UML & Patterns: Object-Oriented Analysis & Design, one of the world’s best-selling texts on software design, translated to many languages and used worldwide in universities and industry as the standard for introducing software analysis and design, modeling, design patterns, architecture, and OOA/D. 

Craig holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in computer science from beautiful SFU in Vancouver, BC, with research emphasis in artificial intelligence (having very little of his own). 


The training is given in English. All training materials are also in English.

Course runs from 8:30am to 6.00pm (every day) 

Early bird €2199 (VAT excl.) until June 21st, 2017
Normal price €2499 (VAT excl.)

We offer group discounts from 3 people onwards. Ask for details.

Agilar Madrid training center
Avenida de Manoteras 32, Edificio A, 1ª Planta
28050 Madrid

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