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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

Getting into the details

The Nexus Guide is a quick introduction to the basics of the Nexus Framework. Ken Schwaber and the folks at make the point that, like Scrum, Nexus is simple to understand, yet difficult to master. The remainder of this chapter provides an overview of the implementation details that must be mastered.

Building products, not running projects

As with most Agile-based approaches to development, Scrum and Nexus place the focus on building products, not running projects. There are multiple reasons for this, but the primary issue is one of staying focused on doing the things that add value.

Projects are relatively short-lived development efforts, having a set duration with a defined beginning and an end, and living within the constraints of scope, budgets, schedule, resources, and quality. The outcome of a project is a product, service, or outcome. Once the project ends, all activity stops unless a new project is chartered and initiated.