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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

Focusing on systems thinking and organizational design

In Chapter 4, Systems Thinking, you were introduced to the concepts around systems thinking and how to apply causal modeling and Causal Loop Diagrams (CLDs) to visually depict the causal relationships between the elements identified within a system. This is the same approach used by practitioners of LeSS to visually assess system dynamics as a collective effort among affected stakeholders.

Causal modeling is used in LeSS as an approach to generate conversation about the organization's development systems and to reach a collective understanding of the systems as a whole. The purpose of the exercise is to avoid local optimizations that are endemic in traditional organizational design practices. Local optimization is directly tied to wastes as defined in the lean development chapters of this book—Chapter 5, Lean Thinking, and Chapter 6, Lean Practices in Software Development. Examples of Lean waste include the following...