Learning About LeSS

17 Sep 2023  James  5 mins read.

The links below provide a set of jumping-off places to begin learning more about LeSS.

Short-Form Reading

Before dedicating the time to read through an entire book, most people prefer to read a few articles or case studies first. The links below provide a good place to start.

Before settling down to read Book 3: Large-Scale Scrum: More with LeSS (2015),

  • Why LeSS: Provides a high level survey of the motivations around LeSS.

  • Introduction To LeSS: Provides a summary overview of LeSS.

  • LeSS Rules: The LeSS Rules are the definition of the LeSS Framework.

  • LeSS Complete Picture: Covers the following topics: LeSS Principles, LeSS Rules, LeSS Guides index for book 3, and LeSS Experiments indices for books 1 and 2.

  • LeSS Website: Reference style arrangement of LeSS framework information using a large overview diagram as a navigational launch pad.

Long-Form Reading

When you are ready to settle down for a deep dive into LeSS, the long-form narative structure of a book is often best.

LeSS Adopters

LeSS Logo Sheet by Sector

My LeSS Case Study

To become a LeSS trainer one must have implemented a non-trivial LeSS adoption, written an extensive experience report regarding the effort, and gone through an extensive editorial process used as a mentorship scaffold for refining the thought process of the candidate trainer. It is not unlike a doctoral thesis in some regards. The level of effort and depth of experience required to go through the process is one reason there are only 26 LeSS trainers globally at present.

My LeSS case study regarding a Large Server Hardware Company provides a hands-on experience report of my efforts at one particular client. By reading this, you and I will have at least one concrete reference context for discussing real-world application of LeSS. There are other great case studies worth reading, but none that I can personally speak to at the same level of depth I can my own.

I also have a business focused summary of my case study which you may find useful.

If it makes sense, I can arrange a call with “Mitya” in my case study. I am grateful to have developed a lifelong friendship with “Mitya” and his family during the time covered by my case study.

Audio Version of My LeSS Case Study

An audio version of my LeSS case study regarding a Large Server Hardware Company is available at the following venues:

The YouTube and Spotify versions contain video which shows the relevant figures as they are mentioned. The remaining venues are audio only.

The YouTube closed captions are based on the written case study text so they are much better than auto-generated captions. The auto-translated captions for other languages should therefore be reasonably good. Only the YouTube version has closed captions.

Understanding Agile Carpentry Offerings

  • Global In-Person Certified LeSS Practitioner: Includes the CLP course agenda, multi-lingual training options, a brief video describing the course, and video testimonials by past participants. The page also links to an interest survey you can use to request a public course by Agile Carpentry in your home town.
  • Global In-Person Certified LeSS for Executives: Details how the overall intended outcomes of an Executive Workshop containing a Certified LeSS for Executives and Informed Consent Workshop differ from those of a Certified LeSS Practitioner course.
  • Summary of Services Offered: Details services from Agile Carpentry in terms of discrete packages, in addition to long-term consulting arrangements.
  • Testimonials: Contains written recommendations.
  • Logistics Page: Agile Carpentry has logistics in place to make facilitating a system modeling based Certified LeSS Practitioner or Certified LeSS for Executives course very easy for a client.
  • Translation Efforts: Very little of the written LeSS content is currently available in any language other than English. This is true of the LeSS website as well as the three LeSS books by Bas Vodde and Craig Larman. Agile Carpentry can help solve that problem for most any desired language which a client wishes to sponsor translation for.
  • PowerPoint Pitch Deck: Here is a pitch deck for LeSS related services from Agile Carpentry in an effort to support internal client advocates. (PDF Version)

Upcoming Events

LeSS Logo Sheet by Sector

  • North American LeSS UnConference on June 27-28
    • Gain new skills, knowledge, and insights from others in the LeSS community.
    • Come early to attend a Certified LeSS Practitioner course.
    • Stay late to attend SummerFest, the largest annual music festival in the United States.
    • Experience the heart of Milwaukee in the summertime.
James Carpenter
James Carpenter

James is an expert in helping companies create effective engineering team structures and cultures.