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Avoid Bad Scaling with LeSS

LeSS Canada Meetup Event: Tuesday, August 18, 2020 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM EDT


Gene Gendel is an organizational design specialist, agile/lean coach and trainer, consultant, and adviser to senior leadership. Almost 15 of 20+ years of his professional experience, Gene has dedicated to working with companies of various sizes and lines of business, trying to help them improve internal dynamics, organizational structure, and becoming a better place to work.

Gene is a Certified Agile Coach (CAC), by Scrum Alliance – a small elite community of Scrum Alliance Certified Enterprise Coaches (CEC). Gene is also one of the co-creators of the Team Level Coaching Certifications (CTC) program for Scrum Alliance. Gene is also one of very few Certified LeSS Trainers (CLT) globally.


Bad scaling is one of the biggest ‘agile problems’ of modern days for companies. Bad scaling is one of the most expensive mistakes companies make when they set themselves on a wrong ‘agile course’ (the other two are : “agile tools” mania and falling a victim to big consultancies’ industrial model). It is one of the three corners of the “Trippe Taxation” triangle.

Bad scaling comes in the form of trivializing agility at its core, weakening agile roles, plagiarizing and relabeling someone else’s experiments, and calling them ‘operating models’, copy-pasting Scrum and Scrum roles into Fractal Geometry that look great on paper.

Are there better ways to work? Probably not, if the ultimate goal is to relabel existing enterprise complexity with fancy agile terminology and then call it “enterprise scaling”. But there could be better ways to work if an ultimate goal is to simplify existing complexity (de-scale), and by doing so, improve your chances to scale agile ways of working (e.g. do Scrum, by more than one team, working for the same Product Owner, on the same product, out of the same backlog).

In this session, Gene will expose some classic pitfalls of bad scaling and will recommend how, more good things could be done with less stuff,…how things could be done better, using Large Scale Scrum (LeSS).”

The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.

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