Nexus Framework for Scaling Scrum, The: Continuously Delivering an Integrated Product with Multiple Scrum Teams, 1st edition

  • Kurt Bittner
  • Patricia Kong
  • Dave West

Nexus Framework for Scaling Scrum, The: Continuously Delivering an Integrated Product with Multiple Scrum Teams

ISBN-13:  9780134682662

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Today, organizations want to scale Scrum to ever larger and more complex projects, driving the benefits of agility throughout the enterprise. But most conventional solutions to scaling agility have added complexity and deviated from the principles that make Scrum so attractive. The Nexus Framework for Scaling Scrum introduces a better approach, reflecting the authors' many years of applying and scaling Scrum in multiple industries.

Three leading experts introduce the Nexus Framework, showing how it enables smooth integration among multiple Scrum teams, as well as highly-effective collaboration with non-Scrum teams working on the same project. Drawing on their immense experience, they explain what Nexus is, how it works, and how it solves agile scalability problems that have bedeviled organizations for years. Next, they offer start-to-finish guidance for applying Nexus Framework principles throughout your own organization. You will walk through forming a Nexus, organizing work in a Nexus environment, managing and enabling a Nexus, and much more—all you need to succeed with Scrum in even the most challenging global projects.

Table of contents

Foreword xi

Preface xiii

Acknowledgments xvii

About the Authors xix


Chapter 1: Introduction to Scaling Agile 1

Why Agile? 2

Why Scrum? 2

Why Nexus? 5

Simplicity Is the Key to Scaling 6


Chapter 2: Introducing Nexus 7

What Is Nexus? 7

Nexus Extends Scrum 8

The Nexus Integration Team 10

Nexus Events 12

Nexus Artifacts 17

What Do You Need to Get Started with Nexus? 19

Closing 20


Chapter 3: Forming a Nexus 21

Evolving a Cross-functional Team 24

Growing a Nexus 29

Forming the Nexus Integration Team 32

How Does a Nexus Work? 34


Chapter 4: Planning in Nexus 35

Consolidating and Validating the Product Backlog 35

Planning a Sprint in a Nexus 47

Closing 55


Chapter 5: Running a Sprint in Nexus 57

The Nexus Daily Scrum 58

Providing Transparency Inside and Outside the Nexus 61

Nexus Sprint Retrospective 68

Closing 73


Chapter 6: Evolving the Nexus 75

Optional Practice: Organizing Scrum Teams around Features 77

Optional Practice: Managing Code Like an Open-Source Project 78

Optional Practice: Organizing Teams around Personas 81

Expanding the Nexus Integration Team 83

Updating and Refining the Product Backlog 83

Nexus Sprint Planning, Revisited 85

The Nexus Daily Scrum, Take Two 86

The Nexus Sprint Review, Take Two 88

The Nexus Sprint Retrospective, Take Two 89

Closing 96


Chapter 7: The Nexus in Emergency Mode 97

Product Backlog Refinement, Take Three 99

Nexus Sprint Planning, Take Three 102

The Nexus Daily Scrum, Take Three 108

What to Do When the Nexus Starts to Struggle 110

The Nexus (Pseudo) Sprint Review and Retrospective 118

Closing 119


Chapter 8: Retrospective on the Nexus Journey 121

What Worked Well 122

Areas for Improvement 126

What’s Next? 132

Closing 133


Glossary 135

Index 143

Published by Addison-Wesley Professional (December 17th 2017) - Copyright © 2018