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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

Building on Scrum

The success of Scrum as the dominant Agile framework is largely due to its simplicity and extensibility. It addresses the values and principles outlined in the Agile Manifesto without imposing excessive prescriptive guidance. Users only need to learn a few simple roles, artifacts, and events to get started. While gaining mastery may take some time, the team can get started using Scrum with minimal effort or learning.

Let's employ the same small feature teams as Scrum, with three to nine people, cross-functional skills, fully self-contained to independently deliver complete end-to-end solutions to external customers, and operating in an autonomous fashion. While The Scrum Guide focused on describing Agile practices across a single team, Larman and Vodde describe LeSS as a barely sufficient methodology for two or more teams working together on a single product.

The notion of having a barely sufficient methodology is an important concept. Agile practitioners...