Certified LeSS Practitioner: Principles to Practices w/ Craig Larman

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Date(s) - 24/04/2019 - 26/04/2019
8:30 am - 6:00 pm

Maersk Headquarter, Esplanaden 50, Copenhagen

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 LeSS: simplifying & 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 can own 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



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 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


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

All participants will be a Certified LeSS Practitioner and will get an account on less.works. 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


Please note: If you are making reservations for more than 3 people, then please contact Core Agile on +45 60848500.


This event is fully booked.