Craig Larman

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Introduction

Craig Larman serves as an organizational design consultant, with a focus on organizational redesign and systems thinking, for flexible, high-value-throughput product organizations. He is the co-creator of Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS), which is his consulting emphasis — scaling the Scrum framework, agile principles and practices, and lean thinking to very large, multisite, and agile offshore development (often, embedded systems, telecommunications, or investment banking), and coaching executive teams to succeed with larger enterprise-level agile and lean methods adoption; these topics are the subject of his latest two books:


Craig has served as the lead coach of lean software development adoption at Xerox, and serves or has served as a consultant for large-scale Scrum and enterprise agile adoption at Ericsson, JP Morgan, Cisco-Tandberg, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Alcatel-Lucent, UBS, Nokia Networks and Siemens Networks (now, NSN), Thomson Reuters, Ion Trading, and Statoil, among many other clients. Craig has also served as chief scientist at Valtech, a consulting, outsourcing, and skills transfer organization with divisions in many countries, with a division in Bangalore that applies agile methods to offshore development. In his role at Valtech, he helped create "agile offshore development" while living in India and China. His work focuses on product groups that involve a few hundred to a few thousand people, usually multisite.

His work includes the best-seller globally on agile methods: Agile and Iterative Development: A Manager’s Guide. Craig is the author of Applying UML and Patterns—An Introduction to OOA/D and Iterative Development, the world’s best-selling text on OOA/D, iterative development, modeling and the UML, translated to many languages and used worldwide in industry and colleges as the standard for introducing software design, modeling, design patterns, architecture, and OOA/D.

He is one of the earliest Practicing ScrumMasters and one of the first worldwide authorized to coach and certify new ScrumMasters and Product Owners, as a Certified Scrum Trainer. He has helped lead Scrum adoption for organizations of over 25,000 developers. Craig is known throughout the software community as an expert in large-scale adoption and application of agile product management, agile offshore development, large-scale Scrum, lean product development, and modern analysis, design, and modeling.

Craig holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in computer science from beautiful SFU in Vancouver, BC, with research emphasis in artificial intelligence (having very little of his own).

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Quotes from Industry Thought Leaders

Craig is articulate, moves people, is caring, is visionary and very perceptive about what works and what does not. — Peter Coad, former CEO, TogetherSoft; co-creator of the FDD Agile method and the (early) Coad-Yourdon OOA/D method; author of many influential books on methods, OO and modeling.

Too few people have a knack for explaining things. Fewer still have a handle on software analysis and design. Craig Larman has both. — Dr. John Vlissides, author, Design Patterns and Pattern Hatching.

(Craig is) a great teacher, a brilliant methodologist, and an ‘OO guru’. — Dr. Philippe Kruchten, architect of the Rational Unified Process; Professor of Software Engineering, UBC

People often ask me which is the best book to introduce them to the world of OO design. Ever since I came across it Applying UML and Patterns has been my unreserved choice. — Martin Fowler, Chief Scientist, ThoughtWorks, and author, UML Distilled, Refactoring, Planning Extreme Programming.


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