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Scaling Scrum Across Modern Enterprises

By : Cecil 'Gary' Rupp
Book Image

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

Creating Portfolio Backlogs

The portfolio level is the highest-level backlog in SAFe. The portfolio backlog contains the prioritized list of portfolio investment items in the form of Business and enabler EPICs. Portfolio epics are analyzed in sufficient detail to establish the feasibility of the work, demonstrate business viability, develop a Lean business case, and describe the MVP. Guidance on Portfolio Backlogs is provided in the SAFe article at

Marshaling investments across planning horizons

SAFE’s LPM competency implements Portfolio Kanban boards to visualize and monitor the progress of investment option assessments across four planning Horizons. One of the primary responsibilities of the portfolio teams is to honestly assess identified investment priorities in terms of value, determine what’s possible in the short run, and to move out lower-priority investments into future planning Horizons.