Certified Large-Scale Scrum – LeSS


Truly Scale Business Agility in Product Development

  • Follow an in-depth course covering the LeSS principles, framework, rules and guides. 
  • Become a Certified LeSS Practitioner and/or Executive and get an account on less.works.
  • Get a version of the books: "Large-Scale Scrum: More with LeSS", "Scaling Lean & Agile Development" and "Practices for Scaling Lean & Agile Development" by Bas Vodde and Craig Larman

What is LeSS (Large-Scale Scrum) about?

Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS) is a framework for scaling agile development to multiple teams. LeSS is based on Scrum principles such as empiricism, cross-functional self-managing teams and offers a framework for applying these at scale. 

LeSS is to the organization what Scrum is to the team: a simple, powerful, large-scale product development framework designed to evolve into something that fits perfectly with any unique context.

The organization structure in which most of us operate today can be quite an obstacle to respond adequately to a fast-changing business environment. In fact, traditional organization structures are not designed to deal with a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA) world. This leads to employees feeling disengaged from their companies, and to companies being outpaced by their competition.

Consequently, organizations need to redesign their structures to cope with the phenomenon and increase their capability to move faster than competition, incorporate new technology, learn new skills...

LeSS will give you exactly that competitive advantage!

3-Day Certified LeSS Practitioner

The Certified LeSS Practitioner course is an in-depth course covering the LeSS principles, framework and rules, and guides. It provides essential information for adopting and improving LeSS to your product development group and a MUST for formal and informal leaders in a LeSS and/or LeSS Huge adoption.

  • Why LeSS?
  • LeSS Principles & Mindset
  • Scrum, LeSS and LeSS Huge Overview
  • 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 structures
  • LeSS Product Backlog Refinement, Sprint Planning, Review and Retrospective
  • Consideration on technical practices when scaling.
  • Integration & Coordination
  • Adopting LeSS in your organization

You will practice a lot with Systems Modelling and apply Innovation Games® during the duration of the course so that you will be able get your organization into a healthier state.

Note: Basic Scrum knowledge is expected and can be achieved by attending a Certified ScrumMaster or a Professional ScrumMaster course, or thoroughly reading Scrum introduction material such as the Scrum Primer and practicing Scrum.

You might want to consider to go for a 4-day variation of this course which will come with a bonus recap day, either onsite or remote. 4 days provide more room and space to explore your context and even create some concrete artifacts that you can put in practice immediately after the course. A 3-day version will give you insights you can immediately put in practice and will require extra time from attendees to make those tangible in artifacts after the course.

2-Day Certified LeSS for Executives

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

The Certified LeSS for Executives course is an in-depth course covering the LeSS principles, adoption, the role of management, and 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 of interest to the participants.

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.

1-Day Certified LeSS Basics

The Certified LeSS Basics course is a brief introduction into the LeSS Framework. It provides a 1-day overview of the framework and some of the essential concepts that it uses. It will help determining whether LeSS is for you but for LeSS adoptions, we’d recommend to follow it up with a LeSS Practitioner course for all formal and informal leaders.

We do see 2 distinct purposes for this 1-day endeavour:

  1. Help decision makers to evaluate if LeSS is something they want to pursue or not within the context of their organization
  2. Help possible volunteers to consciously determine whether to join the initial adoption or procrastinate for a while

The course is highly interactive, intense and will require 8 hours touch time with the attendees. When applied in a LeSS adoption we go for a modified Lego4Scrum simulation with a very large audience in order to provide people with just enough information to make choices and be prepared for a LeSS Flip Forward event.

What do you get out of it

LeSS Certificate

All participants will receive the LeSS Practitioners, Executives or Basics Certificate.

Account at LeSS.works

Participants will get an account on less.works., where they can find additional information about LeSS, share course information and stay in touch with each other.

Free books

Participants will get a digital version of the books: "Large-Scale Scrum: More with LeSS", "Scaling Lean & Agile Development" and "Practices for Scaling Lean & Agile Development" by Bas Vodde and Craig Larman