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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 12: Essential Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®)

The Scaled Agile Framework™ (SAFe®) is a Lean-Agile approach to developing large-scale products and solutions that integrate computing and physical products or components (also known as cyber-physical systems). The business drivers for implementing SAFe are the need to compete in our digital age with compelling, value-added solutions, minimal waste, and optimized value stream efficiencies.

Consistent with the philosophies of Lean development, SAFe implements Lean practices on an enterprise scale spanning both value creation and value delivery activities—that is, the set of development and operational processes and activities. Collectively, these value streams provide an end-to-end view of how the organization creates customer-centric value.

SAFe is also an amalgamation of Scrum, Lean, Extreme Programming, Kanban, and other Agile practices to improve small team development and delivery performance...