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Certified LeSS Practitioner: Principles to Practices (LeSS)

Craig Larman
Craig Larman


23-25 May, 2018
Westminster, CO, United States of America
Doubletree by Hilton Denver
8773 Yates Drive
Westminster, CO 80031 United States of America
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Course Details:

Learn with Craig Larman—the co-creator of LeSS—in this 3-day highly-participative course. Participants (Senior Managers, Product Developers,...) will get a thorough understanding of LeSS, Large-Scale Scrum, for scaling Agile development to multiple teams working together on one product. In-depth, we explore adoptionnew 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 as well as how it's learned, and Craig emphasizes this in the course learning experience.

The course also includes in-depth Q&A clinics with Craig Larman, based on his long experience with LeSS adoptions.

Feedback From Previous Courses:

“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:

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 Here they can find additional information about LeSS, share course information and stay in contact with the other course participants.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The course will take place over 3 full days starting from 8:30AM to 6:00PM. It is strongly advised to plan your dates in advance to ensure that  you can stay for the entire duration of this course.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The course will take place over 3 full days starting from 8:30AM to 6:00PM. It is strongly advised to plan your dates in advance to ensure that  you can stay for the entire duration of this course.

       Agenda Overview

IMPORTANT NOTE: The course will take place over 3 full days starting from 8:30AM to 6:00PM.

Please ensure that you can stay for the entire duration of this course.

LeSS Overview

LeSS Principles, Frameworks, Guides, Experiments

Two LeSS Frameworks: Basic & LeSS Huge

Learning Resources


Pre-adoption: Building interest

The Adoption Guides

3 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 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

3 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


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


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

Scrum Masters at Scale

Product Owner in LeSS

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