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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

Establishing Lean Budgets

Portfolio SAFe establishes Lean Budgets as the mechanism to provide financial governance over the organization’s portfolio, solution, and team investments. In this manner, the organization as a whole remains always focused on maximizing value.

Instead of funding departments or projects, SAFe funds value streams. In other words, the organizations make funds available to the streams of activities that collectively add value to each of the portfolio investments. Moreover, the Lean-Agile discipline of program increments allows product and solutions managers, in collaboration with the ART and solution train members, to reassess priorities, and therefore the allocation of funds and other resources to each value stream, on a frequent and iterative basis.

The mechanics of lean budgeting starts with the Portfolios’ Epic Owners, who assess value and cost estimates at a strategic level, assign budgets to portfolio items, and provide governance downstream...