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Scaling Scrum Across Modern Enterprises

By : Cecil 'Gary' Rupp
Book Image

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

Establishing value

Scrum was designed as a system to help development organizations overcome complex adaptive problems to deliver products with the highest value possible. Nexus is no different, with the exception that it also addresses the complexities of dependencies and communications across multiple Scrums working in collaboration to achieve a common goal.

Nexus exists because many, if not most, products are too complex to deliver with a single product development team. Integrating work at scale is difficult due to added complexities of dependencies at scale. This is the same issue we discussed in Chapter 4, Systems Thinking. But now, we must deal with managing the complex adaptive problems associated with managing two large systems – the product under development and the multiple Scrum Teams working in collaboration to build and deliver the product.

Keeping things simple

Complexity is the enemy of scaling. Scum is simple and takes the view that scaling...