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Certified LeSS Practitioner: Principles to Practices

  • St Louis Park, MN USA (map)

Date: July 15 - 17, 2019
Time: 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Venue: West End Conference Center
Location: Minneapolis, MN 55416
Instructor: Craig Larman
Phone: 612-791-1388

Description :

Learn with Craig Larman—the co-creator of LeSS—in this 3-day highly-participative course. Participants (senior managers, product developers, ...) explore a deep understanding of LeSS, Large-Scale Scrum, for lean & agile development with many teams working together on one product. We explore adoption, new organizational design, systems thinking & optimization, the role of management, and concretely how to work together in a Sprint at scale in terms of coordination, architecture, planning, and more. 

(Aside, but noteworthy: Course runs until 18:00 on day 3; for certification, full attendance required)

Critically, we explore the Big Idea of more with LeSSsimplifying & descaling over "scaling", or... scaling product development by descaling the organization.

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 canown 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 and how it's learned, and Craig emphasizes this in the course learning experience.

Join Larman for a deep dive into more with LeSS, 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:

  • Large-Scale Scrum: More with LeSS

  • Scaling Lean & Agile Development: Thinking and Organizational Tools for Large-Scale Scrum

Agenda :

LeSS Overview

  • descaling and simplifying over scaling: more with LeSS

  • LeSS principles, frameworks, guides, experiments

  • two LeSS frameworks: basic & LeSS Huge


  • 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 in analysis & design

  • local optimization in programming

Product Definition 

  • redefining the scope of product, and the impact on global optimization

  • portfolio management

Why LeSS?

  • shu-ha-ri and frameworks

  • empirical control

  • why "More with LeSS"?

  • systems optimization

  • occupational psychology

LeSS Sprint 

  • preparation before first Sprint

  • Sprint Planning with many teams

  • coordination & integration: from communities to architecture

  • scaling Product Backlog Refinement

  • scaling the Sprint Review & Retrospective

  • multi-site development

LeSS Huge Framework

  • Requirement Areas

  • Area Product Owners

  • role of Overall Product Owner

  • Area Backlogs

  • adoption

More on LeSS Roles

  • Managers in a LeSS organization

  • Scrum Masters at scale

  • Product Owner in LeSS

Details :

After successful course completion (attending full-time, etc)...

All participants will be a Certified LeSS Practitioner and will get an account on Here you can find:

  • (free) digital versions of the first and third LeSS books

  • more LeSS learning (videos, etc)

  • the course handout PDF and photos of everything created within the course that was on the walls

  • contacts of all course participants

  • a course certificate

Earlier Event: July 11
Certified ScrumMaster®
Later Event: July 15
Certified Scrum Product Owner®