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Why Large Scale Scrum (LeSS)?


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Agile development works well in small teams. But we encounter problems when Scrum is applied to other teams and the rest of the organisation. Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) can help. This slide deck explains why.

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Why Large Scale Scrum (LeSS)?

  1. 1. Why Large Scale Scrum (LeSS)?
  2. 2. Agile development works well in small teams. But problems appear when scrum is applied to other teams and the rest of the organisation for reasons, including - but not limited to: Agile at Scale See more reasons here ▪ Lack of understanding about Agile ▪ Lack of experienced Agile staff ▪ Organisations are optimised for keeping people busy ▪ No accountable team ▪ Lack of engagement from management ▪ No organisational view to make agility work ▪ No clear lines of value or product ▪ Organisational structure is not aligned or optimised for agility ▪ Traditional mind sets dominate decision making ▪ Engaging with teams is hard because not all teams share a common Agile process ▪ Third parties are engaged using contracts that restrict agility
  3. 3. LeSS is the only full lifecycle Agile scaling framework that is truly Agile throughout the entire value stream flow. Large Scale Scrum is truly Scrum (at scale). We do not end up with lots of Scrum teams; we end up with lots of teams Scrum. LeSS Can Help
  4. 4. From a customer, through an idea to delivery and feedback, LeSS adopts pure Lean principles and optimises large scale development around value delivery. This is in contrast to organisations that optimise around productivity, being busy, or other types of implicit optimisation.
  5. 5. LeSS handles dependencies between teams working on products. Not just simple dependencies but fundamental asynchronous dependencies between prioritised items on the backlog that are executed by multiple teams.
  6. 6. LeSS solves the problem of getting the right engagement from business people. It removes the distinction of ‘the business’ and ‘IT’. Product value flow includes the entire organisation.
  7. 7. LeSS doesn’t just focus on development team optimisation. LeSS looks at the entire organisation and seeks to make fundamental changes in culture, structure and optimisation in any organisations that have elements of software development.
  8. 8. LeSS is the only framework that specifically talks about coaches and adoption and doesn’t expect a big bang approach to rollout. LeSS is the only framework that is truly based around the customer and product.
  9. 9. LeSS stops you going very fast in the wrong direction and gets you going at the right optimal speed in the right direction.
  10. 10. With Large Scale Scrum, you can achieve more with LeSS. Fewer people, less resource, less waste and less time.
  11. 11. Certified LeSS Training in London and NYC. Watch our LeSS meetups in London. Learn more with Adventures with Agile Previous Training Feedback