More with LeSS: A Decade of Descaling with LeSS

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Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago

221 N Columbus Dr · Chicago

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Summary:

After a decade of working worldwide with large product groups in their adoption of LeSS (https://less.works/) (Large-Scale Scrum), organizations are starting to realize that the main goal of LeSS is not to enable traditional big groups to "meet their commitment" more efficiently. And they are realizing that LeSS is not “Scrum contained within each team, with something different on top.” It seems some scaling frameworks contain Scrum like a fire fighter contains a brushfire.

Then what is LeSS about? It is to see the ineffectiveness of traditional large-scale organizational design and to change it, by descaling with LeSS towards a simple model for multiple teams that optimizes for agility (flexibility), learning, and flow of value. It is figuring out how, with multiple teams, to apply the simple principles and elements of Scrum that encourage empirical process control, transparency, self-managing teams, and systems optimization.

But any structural change per definition challenges the status quo of middle-management and single-specialist positions, leading to the dynamics of Larman's Laws of Organizational Behavior.

In this meetup I'll explore descaling with LeSS

Bio:

Craig Larman is the co-creator of LeSS (Large-Scale Scrum), and since 2005 has worked with clients to apply the LeSS framework for scaling Scrum, lean thinking, and agile development to big product groups. Much of his work is organizational-design consulting with senior-management teams of product groups adopting LeSS.

Craig has served as the lead coach of large-scale lean software development adoption at Xerox, and serves or has served as a consultant for LeSS at Ericsson, JP Morgan, Cisco-Tandberg, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Alcatel-Lucent, UBS, bwin.party, Nokia Networks and Siemens Networks, and Ion Trading, among many other clients. Craig has also served as chief scientist at Valtech and while living in Bengaluru India, at Valtech’s development centre helped to create agile offshore development with LeSS.

Craig has been named one of the top 20 Agile influencers of all time (http://www.valueflowquality.com/the-top-20-most-influential-agile-people/) and is the author of several books on scaling lean & agile development with LeSS, including:

More with LeSS

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

Practices for Scaling Lean & Agile Development: Successful Large, Multisite & Offshore Product Development with Large-Scale Scrum

Agile & Iterative Development: A Manager's Guide

Craig was one of the first Certified Scrum Trainers, and helped kick off the Agile movement, starting with his 2003 book “Agile & Iterative Development: A Manager's Guide”