Why is this course important?

This course is specifically designed for the executive and senior manager, covering the successful patterns for organisational change when adopting LeSS and moving to a Product & Customer-Centric organisational design. The flow and focus of the course will be tailored to the expertise and growth areas of the people in the room to create a unique and agile experience that learners get the most from.

Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS) is a framework for scaling agile development to multiple teams. LeSS builds on top of the Scrum principles such as empiricism and cross-functional self-managing teams of multi-skilled people and provides a framework for applying that at scale. It provides simple structural rules and guidelines for adopting Scrum in large product development.

What’s a key insight for senior managers to understand about LeSS? That it is not a practice or process. Rather, LeSS implies an organisational design change, which impacts group structures, hierarchy, team formation, roles, positions, processes, and basic policies (such as career path).

The Certified LeSS for Executives course is an in-depth course covering the (1) LeSS principles, (2) adoption, (3) the role of management, and (4) broadly, what a senior manager needs to know and do to help. The course includes stories on LeSS adoptions, exercises, and extensive Q&A to ensure we discuss the topics most interested the participants.


The following topics will be covered in the Certified LeSS for Executives course:


      • Why LeSS: Benefits to Your Company?
      • Systems Thinking, Organizational Design, and the Contract Game
      • Principles & Management Implications
        • Empirical Process Control for the Entire Organization
        • Lean Thinking in LeSS: Across All Functions
        • Systems Thinking: From Local to Global Optimization
        • Whole-Product Focus: Group and Role Impacts
        • Customer Centric: Process and Group Impacts
      • Adoption
        • The 3 Key LeSS Adoption Principles
        • Getting Starting
        • Growing Your Adoption
        • Culture Follows Structure
        • Job Safety, but not Role Safety
        • From Smallish to Huge
        • Multisite Adoption
      • LeSS Structure & Roles
        • What is your product? A LeSS perspective
        • Organizing around Customer Value and Feature Teams
        • Role of Managers
        • The Business-Driven Product Owner
        • Typical Organizational Structures and Patterns
        • Multisite Implications

The Certified LeSS for Executives course is for people in manager roles that support a LeSS effort.

And since a change to LeSS involves both Product Management and R&D (or “business” and “IT”) together, senior representatives of both groups will want to attend together.


All participants will be Certified LeSS for Executives and will get an account on the less.works website. Here they can find additional information about LeSS, share course information and stay in contact with the other course participants.


Over two days, this interactive in-person course runs from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm (UK) at the Ibis Styles Hotel in Southwark, London. We allow for regular breaks throughout each day. Please note that each course date’s start and finish times refer to the GMT zone.


Pre-work is provided ahead of the course via email and the student workbook

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Our trainers


Passionate about organisational culture and design that enables the creation of value both for an organisation’s customers and its people, I want to know we are building the right product and building it in the right way.

In recent years I have experimented with ways to balance an organisation’s desire for control, collaboration and innovation through educating, coaching and leading organisational transformations to get more with LeSS.

The growth of people to be effective in achieving the organisations and their personal goals is the critical catalyst for this. As is coaching, training and mentoring people at all levels of the organisation.

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