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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 13: Full Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®)

In this chapter, we continue our studies of Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)™. In the previous chapter, you learned the Essential configuration of SAFe, which allows multiple Agile Teams to work in collaboration to produce large-scale products. The organizing structure at that level of scale is the Agile Release Train (ART), and the function of the ART is to coordinate and integrate the work of the underlying Agile Teams.

The guiding principle behind the formation of ARTs is to keep the size of each ART to between 50 and 120 people, following Dunbar’s law. However, many large enterprises have many more people than this number. Therefore, we need to understand how to organize, coordinate, and integrate the work of multiple ARTs to support both a large-scale solution’s development requirements and to align those efforts with corporate strategies and investment priorities.

Lastly, of course, we have to...