• Levelling up management: Beyond carrots, sticks, and kumbaya

    Management and managers have not gone away with the advent of Agile. Old-fashioned carrot and stick management may have worked wonders back in the early days of industrialisation, but is woefully inadequate for undertaking complex knowledge work in an uncertain and volatile world. At the other extreme, dropping all structure in favour of radical self-management — mocked as "everyone gathering around a campfire singing kumbaya" — doesn't instantly lead to effective coördination, let alone organisational success. In this workshop we explore the state of the art of management with a mix of design thinking and facilitated discussion to uncover rich insights and perspectives into the nature of management, and what a re-boot could look like. Let's level-up management!

  • History behind LeSS and What is covered in 3 Days LeSS Certification

    Being an emerging framework applied in large product developments, lot of people don't know the decade long experimental approach LeSS took to achieve its current form. During this meetup, I will share my first hand experience of being involved in hundreds of experimentation leading to birth of LeSS. Being the only LeSS trainer in Australia, I keep getting questions about LeSS certification. I would briefly cover what is covered during the 3 days as well.

  • Role of a scrum master in LeSS


    • What we'll do The bigger the group, the harder it is to see the whole. A Scrum Master helps people to see beyond their individual perspective to the larger production system—the product group interactions, delays, causes, and potentials. She also reminds everyone of the whole-product focus. This is key because unintegrated individual team output won’t create customer value. A LeSS Scrum Master will encounter complex large-scale problems and she’ll need to resist resolving them with complex large-scale solutions. Instead, she’ll need to leverage the spirit of Scrum and find simple ways to empower people to resolve their impediments. This approach leads to large-scale, yet simple, solutions. During this meet up, I will share our findings and the best way to leverage Scrum Master in large-scale product developments. There would be some surprise announcements if you are interested in joining my upcoming LeSS course: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/certified-less-practitioner-principles-to-practices-tickets-37588246457 • What to bring Bring open mind • Important to know

  • London LeSS Conference 2017 - What did I learn ?

    I had the opportunity to attend the recent LeSS conference in London. There were nearly 150 people from more than 8 countries. Apart from the "Unconferencing" way the conference was designed starting with self-design experiment, Open Space, some of the popular topics included Mob Programming, Identification of Systems Patterns, Bazzar style review of the conference at the end. I will show the photos that I took during the 2 days of the conference and would be happy to share.

  • Component and Feature teams.. a fun way to get a taste of these concepts

    Most of the teams working in agile environment are typically formed either a feature teams or component teams. Each of these team structure have their own strengths and weaknesses. During this session, we will explore these two ideas of forming teams and play a game to simulate working of these two teams. meet ups are a place to explore ideas, so, please try to read as much as possible about these two teams before the session. Pre-read materials: https://less.works/less/structure/feature-teams.html http://www.featureteamprimer.com/

  • Self Organisation and Scaling Agile with LeSS

    eNett International

    "Development Teams are structured and empowered by the organization to organize and manage their own work. The resulting synergy optimizes the Development Team’s overall efficiency and effectiveness" What do you need for self organisation to work well? Let's explore this tonight in a discussion through the lens of LeSS

  • The 10 principles of Large-Scale Scrum(LeSS)

    Suncorp Building

    I am looking at covering introduction to LeSS and share the 10 principles of Large-Scale Scrum with their importance in solving the scaling challenges. I would be briefly touching upon the following 10 principles 1. LeSS is Scrum 2. Transparency 3. More with LeSS 4. Whole Product Focus 5. Customer Centric 6. Continuous Improvement through Perfection 7. Lean Thinking 8. Systems Thinking 9. Empirical Process Control 10. Queuing Theory Keeping the time constraint in mind, I won't delve in-depth into the topics but will explain why we need to embrace these principles while solving scaling challenges.

  • 5 key relationships of a Product Owner

    Suncorp Building

    The Product Owner role in LeSS is conceptually the same as in one-team Scrum. However, at scale the focus changes slightly toward keeping an overview and ensuring the maximum return on investment (ROI) in the product. The Product Owner needs to understand and work to improve five key relationships that are affected by LeSS adoption: * Product Owner and Higher Management * Product Owner and Teams * PO and Teams * Product Owner and Customers * Teams and Customers * Product Owner and ScrumMasters In this session, we will review these relationships and the need for PO to understand them.

  • Introduction to LeSS with Bas Vodde


    Bas Vodde, one of the inventors of Large-Scale Scrum(LeSS) will be in Melbourne to deliver Certified LeSS practitioner training. Would like to use this opportunity to hear about LeSS from horse's mouth directly. Bas Vodde is an experienced coach in agile methods and is a certified Scrum master trainer. Next to Scrum, he trains and coaches teams in TDD, retrospective and agile planning. In 2005 he moved to Helsinki, Finland to introduce Agile Development, and in particular Scrum, in Nokia Networks. You can learn more about less here: http://less.works You can register for his upcoming course here: https://goo.gl/KTN2ii Thanks to Matt Jobling MetaPM for sponsoring the event by providing a venue and some food and refreshments!!

  • Debugging Scaling Problems with LeSS - Rowan Bunning

    NOTE: This is the same event posted on 'Melbourne Agile and Scrum User Group' - no need to respond/RSVP twice. Whilst becoming proficient at single-team Agile development is not easy, scaling to many teams and/or many sites adds many additional challenges. Often these challenges include... 1. Water-Scrum-Fall 2. The 'contract game' and its misalignment with "customer collaboration over contract negotiation" 3. Release rigidity - inability to adjust scope and/or release timing in order to maximise value for money 4. Dependency hell 5. Skills bottlenecks 6. Lack of design and architectural alignment whilst avoiding 'ivory tower' architecture 7. Lack of cross-team learning 8. Organisational misalignment issues outside of delivery teams Not all scaling frameworks marketed as Agile are designed to address these problems. In this session, Rowan will introduce Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS) as an organisational design framework and illustrate how it provides solutions to problems that commonly lead to friction, deliver challenges and difficulties realising the benefits of Agile within large programs and product development efforts. Rowan will outline each organisational dysfunction / scaling challenge, and connect these with the elements of LeSS that avoid the dysfunction or greatly LeSSen the problem. LeSS is more widely applicable than some other scaling frameworks having been designed to work for two teams all the way up to a few thousand people working on a single customer-centric product in the case of the LeSS Huge framework. LeSS has been implemented in a variety of large-scale product development groups in a wide variety of domains including... • telecom-equipment creators such as Ericsson & Nokia Networks • investment and retail banks such as JP Morgan Chase and BAML • trading-system creators such as ION Trading • gaming site creators such as bwin • offshore outsourcers such as Valtech India About Rowan: Rowan Bunning is an Australian pioneer of the world’s most widely used Agile framework - Scrum. Rowan has trained around 3,000 people in Australia and New Zealand making him one of the most experienced Agile trainers in the region. Rowan is a practitioner first and foremost having begun using Agile software development practices (then known as eXtreme Programming) in 2001 and introduced Scrum company-wide in 2003 to deliver projects and innovative enterprise products in complex environments. As an Agile Coach in Europe and Australia since 2008, Rowan has a track record of facilitating rapid Agile transformations including team building, ScrumMaster mentoring, management consulting and cultural change at organisations ranging from start-ups to global brand-name enterprises across the real estate, media, food, building security, data security, collection and content management industries as well as the public sector. Rowan’s Agile Coaching engagements include successful Scrum transformation for an in-flight programme with an expected spend of over $100M, a Scrum initiative that scaled up to 160 team members and delivered an enterprise solution to 43 countries as well as introducing Scrum within a global engineering company of over 400,000 personnel. Rowan has been running high impact Scrum courses both publicly and privately since 2008. His courses include two and three day Certified ScrumMaster® and Certified Scrum Product Owner® courses with associated accreditations with the Scrum Alliance. As a Mountain Goat Software Authorised Trainer, he also offers one day courses on Effective User Stories and Agile Estimating and Planning as licensed from Mike Cohn - author of the most popular books on these topics. Rowan founded Agile Canberra in 2007 and helped to initiate Scrum User Groups in Sydney and Brisbane in 2008. Rowan holds a Bachelors degree in Information Technology, is a PRINCE2® Practitioner, is Cognitive Edge accredited, is a trained Innovation Games® facilitator and is a Certified LeSS (Large-Scale Scrum) Practitioner. As a director of not-for-profit Scrum Australia, Rowan has been heavily involved with organising two sold-out Regional Scrum Gatherings® in Australia.