ISS Seminar - Achieving Agility with Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS) and Project Management with Kanban

It is a challenge to manage projects with multiple scrum teams. Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS) offers a lightweight approach to scaling Scrum for more than one team. LeSS is based on the principles that the scaling framework should be minimalistic and avoid too much rules, which makes LeSS unique compared to other agile scaling framework.

Staying focused and increasing productivity are some of the key benefits that agile practices would bring. Kanban offers an effective way for process improvement without going through the pain of a huge organisational change to achieve agile transformation.

Join us for this seminar to hear from the gurus of LeSS and Kanban.

Key Takeaways

  • What is Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS)
  • Gain an introduction to LeSS
  • How LeSS is different from other agile scaling framework
  • What is Kanban
  • The Power of Kanban
  • How to achieve increased productivity through Kanban
Who Should Attend
IT professionals (such as Project Managers, Team Leaders, Architects and Software Analysts/Designers/Developers) in managerial or technical roles, who are interested in or getting ready to embark on agile software development practices using Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS) or Kanban
Date / Time / Venue
  • 4 November 2015, Wednesday
  • 4:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Institute of Systems Science
    25 Heng Mui Keng Terrace
    Singapore 119615
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Forum Agenda

4:00 pm Registration
4:30 pm LeSS of a Story: An Introduction to Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS)

Mr Bas Vodde, Agile Coach, Odd-e Pte Ltd

This talk is based on story-telling, where Bas will share the creation of LeSS and within that side-track on explaining better how LeSS works.

LeSS is a lightweight (agile) framework for scaling Scrum to more than one team. It was extracted out of the experiences of Bas Vodde and Craig Larman while Scaling Agile development in many different types of companies, products and industries over the last ten years. There are several case studies available and an upcoming book describing LeSS in detail.

LeSS consists of the LeSS Principles, the Framework, the Guides and a set of experiments. The LeSS framework is divided into two frameworks: basic LeSS for 2-8 teams and LeSS Huge for 8+ teams. All of these are also available on the website.

LeSS is different with other scaling frameworks in the sense that it provides a very minimalistic framework that enables empiricism on a large-scale which enables the teams and organisation to inspect-adapt their implementation based on their experiences and context. LeSS is based on the idea that providing too much rules, roles, artifacts and asking the organisation to tailor it down is a fundamentally flawed approach and instead scaling frameworks should be minimalistic and allowing organisations to fill them in.

6:30 pm Networking & Refreshments
7:00 pm Project Management with Kanban

Mr Michael Chik, Lean & Agile Consultant & Founder, Ars Agilis

There is a way for you and your team to stay focused, organise your work, avoid mistakes, and increase productivity many fold. And you can learn it in minutes!

With its roots from the Toyota Production System, Kanban is inherently Lean and aims to help you discover and avoid waste. Unlike some other agile methodologies, Kanban doesn't require a big (or small) organisational change upfront. Instead, it relies on the power of Kaizen - often translated as continuous improvement, but actually a whole concept on its own!

Learn how Kanban can take your teams to the next level by providing an alternative path to agility!

8:30 pm Networking & Refreshments

Speaker's Bio

Mr Bas Vodde Mr Bas Vodde Lean & Agile Consultant & Founder, Ars Agilis View Biography

Mr Bas Vodde Lean & Agile Consultant & Founder, Ars Agilis

Mr Michael Chik is the Lean & Agile Consultant cum Founder of Ars Agilis. Originally from Austria, Michael Chik started as a freelance developer at the age of 14 and has been in the IT industry for over 20 years. He started his Agile journey around 2001 as a Project Manager using Scrum to manage his work more efficiently and hasn’t looked back since.

Michael has helped numerous early (and some not-so-early)-stage startups as well as large behemoth enterprises change their mindset from traditional waterfall to Lean and Agile thinking. In Singapore, he served as Head of Agile for Standard Chartered Bank and as Agile Coach for JP Morgan’s large scale scrum implementation.

With a background in coaching (he used to also do life coaching), he strongly believes in the human aspect of technology. Besides all things Lean and Agile, he is also passionate about change management and building communities.

Michael recently founded Ars Agilis, a Lean & Agile consultancy. He is based in Hong Kong and Singapore.

You can view his LinkedIn profile here:

Mr Michael Chik Mr Michael Chik Agile Coach, Odd-e Pte Ltd
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Mr Michael Chik Agile Coach, Odd-e Pte Ltd

Mr 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 organisations on three levels: organisational, team, individual/technical practices. He has trained thousands of people in software development, Scrum, and modern agile practices for over a decade.

He is the author of Large-Scale Scrum: More with LeSS, Scaling Agile and Lean Development: Thinking and Organizational Tools for Large-Scale Scrum and of Practices for Large-Scale Agile and Lean Development, all together with Craig Larman.

Bas works for Odd-e, a company which supports organisation in improving their product development, mostly in Asia.

Bas currently lives in Singapore where he ended up after living in Holland (born), 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.