Large-Scale Scrum: More with LeSS

by Craig Larman, Bas Vodde

In Large-Scale Scrum: More with LeSS, Craig Larman and Bas Vodde have distilled over a decade of experience in large-scale LeSS adoptions towards a simpler organization that delivers more flexibility with less complexity, more value with less waste, and more purpose with less prescription.

Craig Larman

Craig Larman

Craig Larman is the co-creator of LeSS (Large-Scale Scrum), and helps groups apply the LeSS framework for scaling product development. Craig was named one of the top 20 Agile influencers of all time, was one of the first "Certified Scrum Trainers", and is the co-author of multiple books on scaling lean & agile development.

Craig holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in computer science, with research emphasis in artificial intelligence (having very little of his own).

In addition to organizational design, he has worked since the 1970s for better software designs, and is the author of one of the world's best-selling texts on object-oriented design, patterns, modeling, and architecture.

Bas Vodde

Bas Vodde

Bas Vodde is a coach, programmer, trainer, and author related to modern agile and lean product development. He is the creator of the LeSS (Large-Scale Scrum) framework for scaling agile development. He coaches organizations on three levels: organizational, team, individual/technical practices. He has trained thousands of people in software development, Scrum, and modern agile practices for over a decade.

Bas works for Odd-e, a company that supports organizations in improving their product development, mostly in Asia and Europe.

Bas currently lives in Amsterdam again, after living in Singapore, China, and Finland. He worked in start-ups and in very traditional environments. This last uncomfortable experience convinced him that agile and lean development is a more human way of developing software products -- no matter how large your development is.

He had the opportunity to introduce Agile Development (particularly Scrum) in Nokia Networks (formally NSN) but had to move to Helsinki. There he watched dozens of product groups adopt scrum and other agile practices. The extreme cold in Finland forced him to migrate south and back to China where he focused on one large product group and its Scrum adoption.

Bas is interested in Scrum with a special focus on large companies and large product development. But he also enjoyed working on technical practices, especially test-driven development (particularly in embedded environments) and continuous integration. He keeps working as a developer because he strongly believes you need a well-factored code base if you want to be fast and flexible. His hobbies are studies in lean production and quality management and, of course, programming.

Bas is also one of the authors of the CppUTest unit test framework for C/C++ and of Osaka a Mac UI automation framework written in Ruby.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: More with LeSS 1

Chapter 2: LeSS 5

LeSS Structure

Chapter 3: Adoption 53

Chapter 4: Organize by Customer Value 77

Chapter 5: Management 113

Chapter 6: Scrum Masters 135

LeSS Product

Chapter 7: Product 155

Chapter 8: Product Owner 171

Chapter 9: Product Backlog 197

Chapter 10: Definition of Done 229

LeSS Sprint

Chapter 11: Product Backlog Refinement 247

Chapter 12: Sprint Planning 275

Chapter 13: Coordination & Integration 285

Chapter 14: Review & Retrospective 313

More or LeSS

Chapter 15: What’s Next? 329

Recommended Readings 331

Appendix A: Rules 333

Appendix B: Guides 337

Index 339