LeSS & Learn training with Jurgen De Smet in Prague, 19-20 November 2020

For the firts time, Jurgen De Smet is bringing new advanced LeSS training to Prague.

Training: LeSS & Learn - Deepen knowledge & share experiences

Date: 19-20 November 2020

Early bird price: 1 067 EUR plus VAT (21%) valid until  30 days before the start of the training

Regular price: 1 200 EUR plus VAT (21%) otherwise

Place: Prague, Czech Republic

Language: English

Trainer: Jurgen De Smet

Trainings are virtual

All trainings go according to the schedule just we move to virtual space. We are using Zoom meeting software. If you have any questions just send us an email.

A-CSM Advanced Certified ScrumMaster training - Prague, March 23-24, 2020 in English

The A-CSM Advanced Certified ScrumMaster is a workshop where you can leverage your ScrumMaster skills. You will practice Agile facilitation, Agile coaching to become more familiar with  ScrumMaster  role.

After completing CSM - Certified ScrumMaster certification the journey of great ScrumMaster is just starting. The A-CSM is the next education step which can help you to become The Great ScrumMaster. Join me during this my workshop and learn more about #ScrumMasterWay concept and my path to become the Great ScrumMaster.

The workshop will take place in Prague on March 23-24, 2020 and will be facilitated in English. Register here. If you have any question feel free to contact me.

Before the class

To get most from the upcoming class...

... we recommend that you invest some time for the self-preparation activities described below:

1. Core knowledge

Certification classes from the Scrum Alliance are advanced classes which expect some basic level of understanding and terminology. Review links in the core section so you can have a conversation with other participants about those concepts.

2. Read through the class specific section

Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) OR Certified Product Owner (CSPO) OR Certified Agile Leadership (CAL1) links

3. Review FAQ 

Frequently asked questions (FAQ) reply to the most common question people ask.

4. Extras

For more information check additional reading list.


Core knowlegde

Agile and Scrum Fundamentals (CSM, CSPO, CAL) you should be familiar with this basics and terminology:

Choose one of the Scrum references

  • watch Scrum Alliance Scrum eLearning Series videos covering Fundamental Learning Objectives, 14 short videos, about 45min total time - CRITICAL FOR ALL WHO HAS NO EXPERIENCE WITH SCRUM),
  • read the 17-page Scrum Guide (helpful material for CSM exam),
  • watch an hour-long Scrum introduction by Ken Schwaber.

Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) pre-course reading

Read at least one case-study and be ready to discuss it with other participants: https://less.works/case-studies/index.html


Certified Product Owner (CSPO) pre-course reading

  1. Think about your product vision. What makes it the great product? 
  2. Read the summary of the Innovation Games and be ready to discuss them with others. you can find more details in the book Innovation Game: Creating Breakthrough Products Through Collaborative Play.


Certified Agile Leadership (CAL1) pre-course reading

Go through the following case studies and choose at least two from additional case-studies below:

Additional case-studies


Additional reading materials


FAQ - Frequently asked questions

Can ScrumMaster be a team member at the same time?

They can, but they will never become great ScrumMasters as they would lose their ability to see things from the distance, become too involved and stop pushing the team into the un-comfort zone. They lose focus and never create a great self-organized team.  If you feel you need to do more, take another team or preferable move to the next level of the #ScrumMasterWay concept.

What are the typical misunderstandings of the Product Owner role?

As Scrum Guide says, "The Product Owner is one person, not a committee". If you want to learn more, watch this video: https://youtu.be/cr2rjaGmUzo.

Can we use Scrum for fixed time, budget & scope projects?

Scrum is an iterative approach which helps us to deliver the highest value first. It is applicable to any environment despite the size, complexity or contract. If you use Scrum for fixed time, budget & scope project you raise visibility and predictability of the delivery.

Can Scrum team work at multiple projects?

Scrum is a way how to deliver products by stable teams. If we still have projects in Scrum, they are usually taken as large Product Backlog Items.

Can we use Scrum at maintenance projects?

In general, you have two options. Handle maintenance with a separate team and use Kanban to make it more transparent, or make the team(s) fully cross-functional and let them handle both maintenance and new development as both are delivering value to the product.

Do we still need Project Managers in Scrum?

Scrum only defines three roles – ScrumMaster, Product Owner, and Development team – so there are no Project Managers needed in Scrum. The responsibilities were distributed equally among those three roles, but don’t be afraid, people are still needed in an organization as either ScrumMasters, Product Owners or stakeholders/internal customers because of their experience. There is no simple match to assign traditional roles to the new ones. It’s up to you to figure it out based on their skills, experiences, and personality.

Which tool shall we use to manage the Backlog?

Keep in mind that we value individuals & interactions over processes & tools. In general, you don’t need any tool. The wall with post-it notes is just good enough. Excel or Google Sheet will do a great service. Both solutions are very flexible, keep in mind that tool shall support your way of working not vice-versa. See the Backlog Example.

Who shall be part of the cross-functional team?

Anyone who is needed to deliver end-to-end value to the customer. Typically, developers, testers, and analytics.

Why the team has to be stable and 100% allocated?

If they are not, it’s very painful. They never become a team, but a group of individuals. They never got used to each other, they never become high-performing. If you like to allocate people to tasks – use waterfall. Scrum has stable teams which are choosing work from the Product Backlog.

Who assigns people to the Scrum team?

Scrum doesn’t say anything about it. At the beginning of your Agile journey it’s most likely your manager, sometime later you will run it as a self-organizational workshop and let people decide.

How shall we implement Scrum?

Scrum itself is simple, but the implementation is a complex task. Therefore, there is no cookbook, no checklist, not even any complicated process to follow. You have to Figure it yourself. Inspect & Adapt.

Why KPIs are not that useful?

Organizations often use Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) and metrics in dysfunctional ways, which result into gaming, reduced performance, undesired behaviors and focusing on unimportant things. Have a look at 9 ways to fail with KPIs.

Can you share some practical case-studies from Agile transformation?

Why should I attend a class and not just read through the materials and books?

Agile and Scrum are not about practices, artefacts, and roles. It’s a different mindset, a different way of working. Therefore, the classes are experiential, interactive, with plenty of exercises and conversations in teams. They are designed in such a way that enables you to deepen your experience and understanding, and be successful in your role of great ScrumMaster/Product Owner/Agile Leader.