Are you ready for LeSS? 6 questions to discuss with your organization!

This post is based on a lean coffee held on Feb 8th by the Twin Cities LeSS community. Want to join the conversation? Join our slack channel and attend our meetups!

Questions to Ask:

Our community came up with the following questions to determine if Large Scale Scrum can be used to its fullest potential in your organization.

1) Does your organization have a system optimizing goal; and is it consistent with the emphasized goal in LeSS of ‘adaptiveness in pursuit of high value’?

2) Do you have influence or authority to significantly change the organizational structure in service of the system optimizing goal of LeSS?

3) Are you building a product and willing to design your teams in a product centric manner?

4) Do you have the executive support / buy-in that they will co-own this effort and not rent it?

5) Do you have the trust or can you build the trust to influence the change / Do you have a critical mass of people who will take risk?

6) How mature are your teams with respect to Scrum / Agility? Are you doing Scrum well?

Note: We started this conversation in our lean coffee February meetup with an eye towards a team level assessment. “After observing and assessing a team, how would we decide if LeSS if the best “framework” for them” Throughout the discussion; it became clear these likely need to be addressed organizationally rather than at the team level.

Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) Twin Cities is a free group that allows us to develop techniques and “muscle memory” that characterize a learning organization by sharing experiments and stories; celebrating successes + failures together. Comment below, join our slack channel and attend our meetups to add your voice and experience to the conversation!

The Three Questions …

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Some friends and members of the agile community here in Minnesota, Robert Weidner and Josh Spellman recently created a very approachable and well done animation on a set of topics that often come up in our discussions and Lean Coffee sessions on organizational agility in the meetup. This short clip does an outstanding job explaining the thought process around organizational change from component teams that are structured around projects, to feature teams structured around products.

Excited to share with our LeSS TC community.

November Meetup Presenter Announced!

Consuelo Merino is a product owner and Agile practitioner from Paraguay. Join us for the November TC LeSS Meetup to learn about her hands-on experiences using the technique of example mapping with development teams to enable a collaborative approach to backlog development and “test first” strategies.

Click here to RSVP for this free community event!

October Meetup Presenter!

Konstantin Ribel is an experienced Scrum Master with a demonstrated history of working in the automotive industry. Skilled in Organizational Design & Change, Coaching & Training, Large-Scale Scrum, Systems Thinking.

Konstantin will lead us in a discussion on potential approaches for implementing a parallel organization as a part of a LeSS Adoption.
View Recording and Materials here

July Meetup Presenter – Viktor Grgic

View recording here

Microservices and teams organization: Why teams should share ownership for microservices and what that means in reality.

The probable reason why you would participate in this event is that there is a lot of hype around microservices. A YouTube search will produce a huge amount of talks on microservices.
In this talk we will touch upon several common beliefs on microservices that are either false dichotomies, misunderstood, or untrue. One of them is the so-called cognitive load of developers or teams. Another one is that dependencies between teams are bad and should be avoided. And obviously widely misunderstood Conway’s Law.

Topics that will be covered with Viktor, but are not limited to;
-Microservice definition
-From monolith to microservices
-Team organization and communication
-Descaling organizational complexity
-Dependency management
-Data relationship management

This will be an interactive session, so please bring your questions.

Viktor is an Agile Coach, software developer and Certified LeSS trainer with 17 years of experience in delivering enterprise systems and Agile adoptions. He worked first 15 years in The Netherlands, and since 2013 in Hong Kong.

He brings Agile adoption and practices on organizational (management & product ownership), team and technical (software development practices and operations) level. In the past years he has coached and trained number of large organizations: Dutch Chamber of Commerce, Municipality of Amsterdam, Bol.com, ProRail, Port of Rotterdam, Sdu Publishers, Cathay Pacific, Thales Hong Kong, Societe Generale Hong Kong and Japan, Natixis Hong Kong, Splunk in Shanghai, Hutchison Ports in Hong Kong, BMW in Germany.

In addition to LeSS, Viktor writes papers, blogs, and gives classes on the subject of IT architecture and Agile.

Blog: http://leanarch.eu
Agile & Lean Architecture and Design course – Hong Kong

Next Meetup Scheduled – 1/19/2021!

Happy new year! We are excited to invite you to our first Twin Cities LeSS Meetup of 2021.

Join Raj as he dials in from Dublin, Ireland to share is personal journey of doing a LeSS Implementation and navigating a successful approach.

Raj Kumar Radhakrishnan (Raj) is an experienced Agile Practitioner with over 10 years of experience in the IT industry. He has been practicing Agile and honing his skills over the last 8 years in Agile practices as a trainer, facilitator, consultant & coach in organizations like Cognizant, CGI, Siemens & Ericsson.

– LeSS Implementation
– Q&A
– Lean Coffee
– Topic selection for February

Visit our MeetUp site to learn more and RSVP!