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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

Chapter 10: Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS)

This chapter introduces the Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS) approach to scaling Scrum. The LeSS approach applies to situations where many teams work together on a single product. But that definition is also incomplete. Craig Larmon, the co-founder of LeSS, describes LeSS in this manner:

LeSS scales product dev by descaling the org.

In other words, with LeSS, many teams can work collaboratively on one product with more success by simplifying the organization.

In this chapter, you will learn how LeSS implements two frameworks, depending on scale. As the name implies, the LeSS approach is considered another extension to the basic Scrum framework. Consistent with the original intentions of Scrum, LeSS is still considered a minimalist framework, providing just enough guidance to support team and business agility.

LeSS extends Scrum with a few basic rules that practitioners apply to scale Scrum practices across multiple teams participating as a...