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Scaling Scrum Across Modern Enterprises

By : Cecil 'Gary' Rupp
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Scaling Scrum Across Modern Enterprises

By: Cecil 'Gary' Rupp

Overview of this book

Scaled Scrum and Lean-Agile practices provide essential strategies to address large and complex product development challenges not addressed in traditional Scrum. This Scrum/ Lean-Agile handbook provides a comprehensive review and analysis of industry-proven scaling strategies that enable business agility on an enterprise scale. Free of marketing hype or vendor bias, this book helps you decide which practices best fit your situation. You'll start with an introduction to Scrum as a lightweight software development framework and then explore common approaches to scaling it for more complex development scenarios. The book will then guide you through systems theory, lean development, and the application of holistic thinking to more complex software and system development activities. Throughout, you'll learn how to support multiple teams working in collaboration to develop large and complex products and explore how to manage cross-team integration, dependency, and synchronization issues. Later, you'll learn how to improve enterprise operational efficiency across value creation and value delivery activities, before discovering how to align product portfolio investments with corporate strategies. By the end of this Scrum book, you and your product teams will be able to get the most value out of Agile at scale, even in complex cyber-physical system development environments.
Table of Contents (20 chapters)
Section 1: Scaling Lightweight Scrum into a Heavyweight Contender
Section 2: Comparative Review of Industry Scaled Agile Approaches
Section 3: Implementation Strategies

Building on Scrum

Like Sutherland, Schwaber recognizes that the original Scrum Guide had a focus on creating an Agile-based development framework that installed empiricism as a means to improve the effectiveness of small Agile teams. Scrum does not specifically address the unique issues associated with scaling work across multiple teams, though Scrum has been employed effectively in large products and even enterprise-wide implementations. Ken Schwaber refers to Nexus as "acting as an "exoskeleton resting" on many Scrum teams." (Bittner et al., 2018)

The issue of using solely the Scrum Guide to scale these concepts is that there is no guidance on how to do so. As a result, organizations have had to figure out how to do this for themselves. Ken and addressed this issue with the introduction of the Nexus Framework, which implements roles, organizational structures, events, and artifacts to scale the original Scrum concepts. Most importantly, the Nexus...