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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

Introducing Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS)

Created by Craig Larman and Bas Vodde, the LeSS framework is all about implementing Agile and Scrum practices at scale. The core concept behind LeSS is that scaled Scrum is still Scrum. In this context, Larman and Vodde describe LeSS as "Scrum applied to many teams working together on one product" (Large-Scale Scrum: More with LeSS, Larman and Vodde, 2017).

LeSS can help organizations to deal with development complexities at scale while still maintaining the simplicity of Scrum with minimal changes to the original framework. On the other hand, within the LeSS frameworks, LeSS encourages organizations and teams to adapt practices and structures to support their unique needs.

You will find, later in this chapter, that LeSS employs systems thinking practices as a collaborative process to determine appropriate adaption strategies that address product and organization complexities. In other words, if the teams can do systems analysis...