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The course will be Monday 18th – Wednesday 20th September 2024 and will run from 9.30 am – 5.30 pm (UK) Daily

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16th - 18th September 2024

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Certified Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS) Practitioner

The Certified LeSS Practitioner course is an in-depth course covering the LeSS principles, framework and rules, and guides. This is not your standard agile training course or your standard course on the Scrum framework. It is so much more.

Whether you are a newly minted Scrum Master looking to accelerate their Scrum knowledge, a Product Owner wanting to find out how to make Product delivery work at scale or a manager needing guidance on organisational design, this is the course for you.

Check out what our previous attendees say here.

What is LeSS?

Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) was created by Craig Larman, and Bas Vodde is a unique blend of organisational design, framework, principles, rules and guides. It is the only tried and tested Scrum-based framework that has successfully allowed companies to deliver complex products with multiple agile teams all working in harmony.

It has all of the Scrum practices, such as the Sprint Review, Sprint Retrospectives and Sprint Planning. More than this, it adds a whole group-wide Retrospective known as the Overall Retrospective. This is the ideal event for Scrum Masters to share systemic insights and something you can learn so much more about on the Certified LeSS Practitioner course.

Want to know how it works? We recommended this video to give you a taster and this course for the full meal.

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LeSS is much more than just the LeSS and LeSS Huge frameworks.


 

What’s The Most Critical Insight For Someone To Understand About LeSS & The Certified LeSS Practitioner Course?

That it is not a practice or process, and this is more than just your standard agile training.

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, 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.

Project to Product

Large Scale Scrum goes above and beyond the Scrum Framework and practices It provides essential guidance for moving from a Project-driven to a Product-led organisation through using & improving LeSS.

LeSS Framework – Roles, Events & Guides

The course deeply delves into the most critical part of the LeSS Framework.

  • We learn the LeSS events and how to facilitate them whilst building a Lego town.
  • We explore why the Scrum Team does not exist in LeSS and what replaces it
  • How the role of the Product Owner shifts from being involved in the clarification of Product Backlog Items to setting the direction of the Product
  • We make clear how the role of Scrum Master evolves to cover multiple teams
  • We introduce new roles such as LeSS Manager and Area Product Owners in LeSS Huge and spend time understanding how Scrum Masters can support them effectively.
  • Exercises and extensive LeSS Q&A to ensure we discuss the topics most interesting to the participants.
 

What, No Scrum Team?

You got it. In LeSS, there is no Scrum Team, not one. the roles you would expect are still there (Product Owner, Scrum Master and Team), with the Scrum Team concept being replaced by the Product Group. Sound a bit confusing? It won’t be after three days of the Certified LeSS Practitioner course!

LeSS Adoptions

The course provides guides and principles for how the role of Scrum Master can be critical to a well-working usage of Large Scale. These guides and principles are brought to life through real-world adoption stories, such as this one at the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Is There A Certification Exam?

No, with the Certified LeSS Practitioner agile training, there is no certification exam. Participants of this course will have to complete a short “priming” test to help them identify their LeSS blind spots, for example, regarding the role of Scrum Master in relation to multiple cross-functional self-managing teams or how continuous improvement takes place within the Scrum framework. With the blind spots identified, we create a safe space in our classes to share these, explore them and make sure they are not blind spots by the time you leave.

The Role of Scrum Master in LeSS

The best way to describe a Scrum Master is LeSS as a Product Group Coach, much more similar to what we know as an Agile Coach role. Part of this increase in responsibility is due to the replacement of the Scrum Team with the Product group, which leads the scope of the Scrum Master role to increase.

We are firm believers that LeSS has got the Scrum Master role right and corrects many of the wrongs that have crept into Scrum since its inception by Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland all those years ago.

Who Is This Course For?

The Certified LeSS Practitioner course is for:

  • Scrum Master’s
  • Product Owner’s
  • Agile Coaches
  • Managers in an Agile environment
  • Project Managers (whether agile projects or otherwise)
  • Anyone involved in a LeSS effort
  • Anyone who is LeSS Curious
 

I Am Not Sure If I Want To Be A LeSS Practitioner. Are There Other Options?

There certainly are.

Our Certified LeSS Executives course is a fantastic course to help Scrum Masters, Agile coaches, Managers, and Leaders get their heads around the deeper organisational change elements essential over time when embracing Large Scale Scrum.

If you are at the beginning of your LeSS journey, try our Certified LeSS Basics Course, it is a brilliant way to understand the core of LeSS, such as the Single Sprint or Adoption Approach, all through interactive exercises and Q&A.

Of course, if you are a Scrum Master looking to take their agile team coaching and facilitation skills to the next level, you should take a look at our Certified Team Coach and Facilitator courses.

If you prefer the small group personal touch, then join our Scrum Mastery Mentoring Circle and join like-minded agile experts to learn from each other and be mentored by one of the UK’s finest, Ben Maynard.

Certified LeSS Practitioner Badge

The Certified Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS) Practitioner training provides insight into the framework of Large Scale-Scrum and what is 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

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

LeSS builds on top of the Scrum by providing clear guidance on how Product Owners, Scrum Masters and agile teams need to adapt their ways of working and thinking to rise to the challenge of scaling agile.

More than this, it provides simple structural rules and guidelines on how Scrum Masters and Managers can adopt Scrum in large or huge product development.

Whether you are a Scrum Master looking to continue your learning journey or a Product Owner wondering how to achieve your goals when you have multiple teams using Scrum, this course will give you a fresh insight into agile development at scale.

 

The Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) Complete Diagram
The Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) framework
What is covered?

Tickets are still available for our next in-person Certified LeSS Practitioner training course.

The course will be Monday 18th – Wednesday 20th September 2024 and will run from 9.30 am – 5.30 pm (UK) Daily

The Certified LeSS Practitioner® course is a highly interactive, in-depth course covering the LeSS principles, framework, rules, and guides. It provides essential information for adopting and continuously improving your organisation using various thinking tools (whether using LeSS or not).

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Project to Product

How do you shift your organisations to have a Whole Product Focus and be entirely Customer-Centric? This course focuses on this and provides you with tried and tested guidance, practices and stories for how to begin, accelerate or unblock your efforts to embrace a Product based view.

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Multi-Team Collaboration

How do you help teams embrace agile practices, collaborate and cooperate across boundaries in ways that un-taps everyone’s potential and increase your ability to adapt based upon the newest high-priority features? What are the key shifts for a Scrum Master to make this happen when there are serving multiple teams? This course has the answers and will challenge your thinking on just how effective a Scrum Team really is when you try and scale.

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Organisational Design

Organisational design cannot be static if you want people and products to adapt safely, quickly and when needed. This course gives your principles and guidance on creating a dynamic organisational structure and 100% focus on the Customer and Continuous Improvement.

This means that to stay true to Scrum, or what some people like to call “Agile Scrum” the concept of Scrum Team gets thrown out the window. What this is replaced with is a dynamic organisational (especially relevant with LeSS Huge), the likes of which you probably haven’t seen before.

This course will show you how to create an organisation where Sprint Reviews replace steering committees, agile projects are replaced by adaptable products, and Scrum Masters can really come into their own.

What’s The Most Important Insight For Someone 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, 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

Monika Dahiya's Story

Agile Coach at CapGemini

What else do you need to know?

The Certified LeSS Practitioner course is for people in roles that support a LeSS adoption.

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 Practitioner course:

  • Why LeSS?
  • Scrum, LeSS and LeSS Huge Overview
  • LeSS Rules and Principles
  • Organizing around Customer Value and Feature Teams
  • What is your product?
  • Definition of Done and its impacts
  • Product Owner and Product Backlog
  • Role of Management
  • Organizational impacts and typical LeSS organizational structure
  • LeSS Product Backlog Refinement, Sprint Planning, Review and Retrospective
  • Consideration of technical practices when scaling
  • Integration & Coordination
  • Adopting LeSS in your organization
  • Scrum Master role within LeSS

There are no rigid prerequisites for attending this training.

Basic Scrum knowledge is expected and can be achieved by attending a Certified Scrum Master or a Professional Scrum Master course or thoroughly reading Scrum introduction material such as the Scrum Primer and practising Scrum.

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 a world-class venue
  • Training from the UKs only dual certified LeSS Trainer and Coach
  • 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 Practitioner exam, the course trainer determines the appropriate means for retention of the learning outcomes. Depending on your provider, there may be some assessments to earn certification. For example, we assess participation, activity, and understanding conveyed via exercises and discussion, withholding certificates when appropriate.

Over three 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.

No, nothing like Prince2 Agile.

No, nothing like anything from Scale Agile. Comparing the two is not really a thing.

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

Whether you are a large start-up, a scale-up or a large organisation creating bespoke or off-the-shelf LeSS or other agile training for your teams is something that we love doing. Training for teams is a fantastic way to bond a team and provide the right space for the teams to go deep on the subjects that matter to them. We would recommend booking some time with us to talk about your needs.

Yes we can. Corporate training is certainly something that we can help with. We would recommend booking an initial conversation with us to go through what you are contemplating for your corporate training by using this booking page.

What even is “Agile Scrum” and “Agile Scrum Masters” seems overly verbose! We will teach what agile is really all about, including the criticality of Extreme Programming in a software environment. You will also definitely learn about Scrum and why the Scrum Team has had its day.

Sadly that depends. We believe that many development team members can get a huge amount from our LeSS Practitioner course. But every situation is different, what we would recommend is booking 30 minutes us and we can talk through how we can best help.

Absolutely. What course would be complete without a certificate to add to all your other Agile Certifications? It won’t be a physical certificate. You will receive it via PDF.

You will also get an account on the LeSS.works website. Here you can find additional information about LeSS, share course information and stay in contact with the other course participants through less.works

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 assessments to earn certification. For example, we assess participation, activity, and understanding conveyed via exercises and discussion, withholding certificates when appropriate.

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.

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