From Principles to Practices
Together with Arne Åhlander from Aqqurite AB in Sweden and 舎AgileLeanHouse A/S, we were proud to arrange a three-day certification course in LeSS (Large-Scale Scrum) on the 3.-5. October 2016 by Craig Larman – one of the creators of LeSS. A large crowd took this unique opportunity to learn from one of the worlds most experienced people in the area of applying Scrum and Agile practices in general in large scale.
LeSS builds on top of the original Scrum principles such as empiricism, cross-functional self-managing teams and provides a framework for applying that throughout the organization. LeSS provides easy-to-follow structural rules and guidelines on how to adopt Scrum in large product development. Less is in our opinion the most effective and coherent set of principles and practices today for applying Scrum in large settings.
During the course we explored 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.
As a special treat, each day there was an in-depth Q&A session with Craig Larman, based on his long experience with LeSS adoptions abd software development in general.
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.” Craig, drawing on his many years of experience of actual LeSS adoptions, conducted the dialog and explored solutions with the group.