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Certified Large Scale Scrum for Executives

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The course will be Monday 13th & Tuesday 14th May 2024 and will run from 10.00 am – 4.00 pm (UK) Daily

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13th - 14th May 2024

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Certified Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS)
for Executives

Are you an executive looking to adopt LeSS and move to a Product & Customer-Centric organisational design?

This course is specifically designed for the executive and senior manager, covering the successful patterns for organisational change when adopting LeSS and moving to a Product & Customer-Centric organisational design. The flow and focus of the course will be tailored to the expertise and growth areas of the people in the room to create a unique and agile experience that learners get the most from.

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 and 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 for adopting Scrum in large product development.

What’s a key insight for senior managers to understand about LeSS? That it is not a practice or process. Rather, LeSS implies an organisational design change, which impacts group structures, hierarchy, team formation, roles, positions, processes, and basic policies (such as career path).

The Certified LeSS for Executives course is an in-depth course covering the (1) LeSS principles, (2) adoption, (3) the role of management, and (4) broadly, what a senior manager needs to know and do to help. The course includes stories on LeSS adoptions, exercises, and extensive Q&A to ensure we discuss the topics most interested the participants.

 

The Certified LeSS for Executives training provides insight into the leadership enablers that are required to support LeSS adoption and value delivery.

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

Ben Maynard

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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 for Executives?

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

LeSS principles

The LeSS rules 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

The role of a manager in 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 delegate a lot of responsibilities to the team.
  • Product Owners decide on what the work is that the team works on.

What’s The Single Most Important Insight For A Senior Manager To Understand About LeSS?

That it is not a practice or process.

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).

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.

What Do Agile Coaches Say About Our Training Course?

Charlotte Barnes' Story

Agile Coach at The Law Society

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Agile Coach at CapGemini

Our Training Venue in London, UK

We have partnered with Ibis Styles Hotel in Southwark, London for our in person training events.

Set up to inspire creative minds, our simple, flexible _SPACE meeting facilities come equipped with everything you need.

Unlimited hot drinks and free fibre Wi-Fi all come as part of the package, with food on order if you need it.

 

“We have introduced intensified hygiene & prevention measures to ensure your safety. The ALLSAFE label represents our new elevated cleanliness protocols, and provides assurance that these standards are being met in this hotel.”

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Our prime spot in England’s magnetic capital puts you within easy reach of many attractions, with diverse shopping and West End theatres within two miles. St. Paul’s Cathedral is a brief (and very pleasant) 12-minute walk across the river.

What Else Do You Need To Know?

The Certified LeSS for Executives course is for people in manager roles that support a LeSS effort.

And since a change to LeSS involves both Product Management and R&D (or “business” and “IT”) together, senior representatives of both groups will want to attend together.

The following topics will be covered in the Certified LeSS for Executives 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
  • 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

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 seasoned Agile Coaches 
  • All participants get access to an electronic copy of all three Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) Books.

What are the timings?

Over two days, this interactive in-person course runs from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm (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.

How should you prepare for this course?

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

What about certification?

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

Is there an exam?

Although there is no official Certified LeSS for Executives 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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