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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

Lean Governance and Milestones

In the last set of ongoing Process Groups, you will see governance listed as one of the identified desired process outcomes. Some Agile practitioners view governance as antithetical to the notion that Agile teams should be autonomous and free to make choices regarding standards and practices, and simply use transparency to expose their work.

In contrast, DA takes the view that Lean governance practices, along with associated Milestones, are essential regardless of the type of development practices that are employed (that is, Agile, Lean, or traditional). Lean governance helps to ensure that the teams build in quality, increase their knowledge, deliver quickly, eliminate waste, optimize the whole system with systems thinking, and respect people. Specifically, DA cites the following reasons for establishing Lean governance capabilities and Milestones:

  • To ensure that teams stay focused on adding business value and positive ROI
  • To facilitate...