Seeing System Dynamics: System Modelling with Craig Larman

Mar 1, 2017 · München, Germany

The first chapter of the first book on LeSS (Scaling Lean & Agile Development: Thinking & Organizational Tools for Large-Scale Scrum) is Systems Thinking. It’s the key fifth discipline for a learning organization… and LeSS is about creating learning organizations for product development. And systems thinking is also a key to owning not renting ideas about organizational design, because it has tools to help people talk about, reason about, and visualize organizational systems, and as a consequence arrive at their own insights about a system and its dynamics.

Concretely, doing systems thinking means to sketch, think about, and talk about system dynamics with a causal loop diagram (or system model). System models are used regularly in introductions to LeSS, to help see the dynamics of what’s going on in large-scale development. It is useful to understand them for that reason alone. And more useful to you, we recommend you do these together with colleagues at a whiteboard.

Thus, we have an opportunity to come together and learn to model to have a conversation about a system, so in this meetup we will do a hands-on workshop to think about the system by modelling with causal loop diagrams. Interesting and useful!

About the Speaker

Craig Larman is the co-creator (with Bas Vodde) of LeSS (Large-Scale Scrum), and since 2005 has worked with clients to apply the LeSS framework for scaling Scrum, lean thinking, and agile development to big product groups. Much of his work is organizational-design consulting with senior-management teams of product groups adopting LeSS.

Craig has served as the lead coach of large-scale lean software development adoption at Xerox, and serves or has served as a consultant for LeSS at Ericsson, UBS,, Nokia Networks and Siemens Networks, Nordea, Cisco-Tandberg, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, JP Morgan, Alcatel-Lucent, and Ion Trading, among many other clients. Craig has also served as chief scientist at Valtech and while living in Bengaluru India, at Valtech’s development centre helped to create agile offshore development with LeSS.

In addition to his focus on hands-on LeSS consulting and product work, he occasionally speaks in public, such as keynoting on LeSS at the 2016 Global Scrum Gathering, the 2015 Manage Agile conference, the  2014 Software Executive Summit, the 2013 Agile India conference, and the 2011 QCon conference.

Craig has been named one of the top 20 Agile influencers of all time and is the author of several books on scaling lean & agile development with LeSS, including:

Large-Scale Scrum: More with LeSS

Scaling Lean & Agile Development: Thinking & Organizational Tools for Large-Scale Scrum

Practices for Scaling Lean & Agile Development: Successful Large, Multisite & Offshore Product Development with Large-Scale Scrum

Agile & Iterative Development: A Manager's Guide

Craig was one of the first Certified Scrum Trainers, and helped kick off the Agile movement, especially with his 2002 book “Agile & Iterative Development: A Manager's Guide”.

Event organizers
  • Large Scale Scrum Community Munich

    We want to create a community of LeSS practitioners and interested people, with deep learning about LeSS to enable people to succeed with their LeSS adoptions and increase interest in LeSS. One intention is, that practitioners share insights how they do LeSS and tell stories what they did and what worked or worked not for them. Besides that, we will dig deep into certain aspects of the LeSS framework. We love to have some different session types like a fireside chat, workshops, talks, LeSS-related games or

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