The secret to Scaled Professional Scrum is the effective management of dependencies. These will take many forms including people, technology, software and will likely be both internal and external.
Scaled Professional Scrum encourages frequent integration, continuous build and delivery, acceptance testing and the minimisation of technical debt as mechanisms to deal with these dependencies to prevent them from slowing your large scale development effort.
Scaled Professional Scrum introduces the concept of Reification – “making something real or bringing something into being”. The idea being that with Scaled Professional Scrum, as with Scrum, our aim is to produce a potentially releasable Increment of software at regular (and short) intervals. This is of course much more challenging at scale, which is why it all the more important to keep this goal in place and adhere to it constantly.
The goal of the Scaled Professional Scrum and the Nexus framework is to keep the scaling as uniform as possible. As your costs rise (as you add people), your productivity should rise at as close to the same rate as possible. Scaled Professional Scrum and Nexus is a framework to help you achieve near-linear scaling.
Now that we understand what Scaled Professional Scrum and Nexus is, and how Professional Scrum is an essential foundation for successful scaling, we can move onto look at the Nexus framework itself in greater detail. In my next post I will introduce the Nexus framework and start to look at its various components.
The Scrum Master is Simon Kneafsey. Simon is a Professional Scrum Trainer with Scrum.org, the home of Scrum run by Scrum co-creator, Ken Schwaber. Simon offers Professional Scrum Certification training courses globally and works with clients to introduce Scrum to their organisations.
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