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The Certified LeSS Basics Green Badge

Certified Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS)
Basics

The Certified LeSS Basics course (CLB Training) is a thorough yet brief introduction to the essential concepts of Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) & LeSS Huge over 2 x 4.5-hour modules.

Delivered by Ben Maynard, host of the Product Agility Podcast & Product Agility YouTube Channel is the UK’s only triple certified Certified Large Scale Scrum Trainer, Coach and Certified Training From the Back of the Room Trainer so is uniquely placed to deliver a best in class learning experience.

This course is for those curious about how any organisation, with the right goals, can take a Scrum-Based approach to creating great teams and even better Products. LeSS differs from other approaches, such as SAFe as it is the only approach that has evolved around those looking to determine whether LeSS is for you and your organisation or those that are LeSS curious.

Should you be actively adopting LeSS, then perhaps consider one of our Certified LeSS Practitioner courses

By the end of the course, not only will you will have significantly increased your understanding of LeSS, the importance of Components teams vs. Feature teams and your skills at being able to compare it to other approaches you will also have access to all of the training materials and your trainer, Ben Maynard.

If you want to know how LeSS:

  • Turns the Scrum Master role into something hugely impactful
  • Builds on top of the Scrum by making principles out of what really makes Scrum adoptions successful
  • Takes your standard Scrum Alliance Scrum Master or Product Owner certifications and makes that learning work for many teams, not just one
  • Evolves Scrum into a Descaling Approach and organization design
  • Reduces organizational complexity through Multi-Team Scrum
  • Embraces empiricism and cross-functional self-managing teams to make organisations into lean, happy value-creating machines at scale.
  • Provides simple structural rules and guidelines for evolving your current work environment  adopting into one where Scrum works for large product development.

Then this 1-Day Overview is exactly the investment you need to make. 

The Certified LeSS Basics Green Badge

The Certified LeSS Basics training provides insight into the core and essence of LeSS so that you can make the right decision when comparing agile scaling approaches taking you through the LeSS complete Diagram and the LeSS Principles

Meet Your Trainer

My journey towards becoming a Product Agility expert began with the standard Scrum Alliance courses based on the teachings of Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber. I worked as a team member in Scrum Teams and believed I had reached the end of my Scrum journey. However, when I attempted an Agile Project Management course, it turned out to be a forgettable learning experience.

Feeling disheartened by the agile world, I was recommended a book called “Scaling Agile and Lean Development” by Craig Larman and Bas Vodde, which helped me forget Agile Project Management and fully embrace Product Agility.

Since then, I have focused on experimenting with ways to balance an organisation’s desire for control, collaboration, and innovation to untap the true potential of Product Agility. This has involved educating, coaching, and leading organisational transformations to move from traditional technology organisations with broken supply and demand models to organisations that move beyond this ineffective model towards the intersection of Product Management and Agility – Product Agility. 

The growth of people to be effective in achieving organisational and personal goals is the critical catalyst for success. Coaching, training, and mentoring people at all levels of the organisation are key components of this approach.

As the host of the Product Agility Podcast, I get to learn from industry experts from both the worlds of Product and Agile. All of this learning I love to share all with my audience and factor it into every engagement, talk and article I write or contribute towards.

Ben Maynard, Product Agility, Agile and LeSS Expert

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What is LeSS?

Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS) is a framework for scaling agile development to multiple teams.

LeSS builds on top of the Scrum principles such as empiricism, cross-functional self-managing teams of multi-skilled people, and provides a framework for applying that at scale.

It provides simple structural rules and guidelines on how to adopt Scrum in large product development.

 

The Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) Complete Diagram
The Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) framework

What is LeSS Basics?

Ben Maynard, Certified LeSS Trainer, teaching software development experts about Large Scale Scrum

LeSS principles

The LeSS rules and the LeSS complete diagram define the LeSS Framework. But the rules are minimalistic and do not give answers as to how best to apply LeSS in your specific context.

The LeSS principles provide the basis for making those decisions.

The ten LeSS Principles guided us in creating LeSS and they should guide you when you are implementing LeSS.

Ben Maynard, Certified LeSS trainer facilitating a whiteboard discussion regarding how to become a LeSS Expert

LeSS Adoption

LeSS adoption involves big organisations and many minds with deeply rooted assumptions about how organizations should work.

Successful adoption requires breaking assumptions and changing structure, with all the explosive politics and “loss of face” across a big group.

Adoption needs everyone to improve towards a shared goal.

Ben Maynard, Certified LeSS trainer explaining a core topic of the LeSS Framework to agile training course attendees

Role of Managers in LeSS

LeSS requires a different type of management than traditional management OF controlling subordinates. It is much more aligned with the “Managers as Teachers” principle promoted in Lean Thinking:

  • Self-managing teams delegates a lot of responsibilities to the team.
  • Product Owners decide on what the work is that the team works on.

What’s the Most Important Insight for a Senior Manager to Understand About LeSS?

That it is not a practice or process.

LeSS is NOT a way to make Projects in Product Development be delivered on time, within budget and to a pre-defined Scope.

Instead, LeSS is an organisational design which impacts group structures, hierarchy, site strategy, roles, positions, processes, and basic policies (such as budgeting, career path, and rewards) and is perfect for growth organisations (those that have a growth mindset, not just those that want to grow!).

Organisational design is the proper remit of executive management, so you must act to learn and lead a successful LeSS adoption. This is not something you can “phone in” your support for or delegate to mid-level management.

A second critical understanding is that this change involves both Product Management and R&D (or “business” and “IT”) together, and so heads of both groups will want to attend together.

As highlighted in The Fifth Discipline — by MIT Sloan School of Business professor Peter Senge and named by the Harvard Business Review as one of the seminal management books of the past 75 years — a critical skill for leadership is Systems Thinking, which is also a cornerstone principle of LeSS.

Therefore, a significant part of the course focuses on active learning to apply Systems Thinking to your organizational system and a LeSS adoption, with Causal Loop Modelling in small groups working together.

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Scrum Master & Agile Coach

What Else Do You Need To Know?

The Certified LeSS Basics is for anyone who wants to know how LeSS stacks up against SAFe, Scrum@Scale or is just LeSS Curious! The commons goal for participants is to see if LeSS would be suitable for their organisation or how it compares to other “scaling” frameworks.

The following topics will be covered in the Certified LeSS Basics course:

  • Why LeSS: Benefits to Your Company?

  • Systems Thinking, Organizational Design, and the Contract Game

  • Principles & Management Implications

    • Empirical Process Control for the Entire Organization
    • Lean Thinking in LeSS: Across All Functions
    • Systems Thinking: From Local to Global Optimization
    • Whole-Product Focus: Group and Role Impacts
    • Customer Centric: Process and Group Impacts
  • LeSS Adoption

    • The 3 Key LeSS Adoption Principles
    • Getting Starting
    • Growing Your Adoption
    • Culture Follows Structure
    • Job Safety, but not Role Safety
    • From Smallish to Huge
    • Multisite Adoption
  • LeSS Structure & Roles

    • What is your product? A LeSS perspective
    • Organizing around Customer Value and Feature Teams
    • Role of Managers
    • The Business-Driven Product Owner
    • Typical Organizational Structures and Patterns
    • Multisite Implications

For this learning experience there are no rigid prerequisites for attending this training. However, as this is an intermediate-level course for practitioners, delegates should have 6 months of agile experience. Instead, we will build upon the knowledge you already have working with agile teams.

Total attendance and participation are mandatory. The trainer will formally assess delegates to meet the certification criteria throughout the course

  • Engaging and immersive in-person training with world-class venue
  • Training from the UK’s only Dual Certified LeSS Trainer and Coach
  • All participants get an account on the LeSS.works site

  • A Certified LeSS Basics Badge and Certificate.

  • An account for LeSS.Works, a major learning resource

We cover them lightly, if you are interested in these then the Certified LeSS Practitioner Course might be a better choice

Over two days, this interactive in-person course runs from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm OR 14:00-18:15 (UK). We allow for regular breaks throughout each day. Please note that each course date’s start and finish times refer to the GMT zone.

Internal LeSS training is something we love, if you would like some bespoke internal less training for your organisation please contact us via this form.

Our virtual learning environment is made up of Zoom and Miro and high levels of collaboration to help you along your learning journey.

Pre-work is provided ahead of the course via email and the student workbook.

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

Although there is no official Certified LeSS Basics exam, the course trainer determines the appropriate means for retention of the learning outcomes. Depending on your provider, there may be some assessment to earn certification. For example, we assess participation, activity, and understanding conveyed via exercises and discussion, withholding certificates when appropriate.

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