Scaled Professional Scrum and Nexus – The Definitive Guide

This is the first in a series of posts which will introduce Scaled Professional Scrum and the Nexus framework from and take you through it in detail.

As far as I am aware, this information is not currently available anywhere else online and only those who have attended a Scaled Professional Scrum course will have been exposed to this level of detail around the framework and its associated practices. The source material is the Nexus Guide from

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  1. What is Scaled Professional Scrum And The Nexus?
  2. Should We Scale?
  3. Start With Professional Scrum
  4. Be More Professional With What you Have
  5. How To Create A Professional Scrum Team
  6. The Secret To Scaled Professional Scrum

The Nexus Framework

  1. The Nexus Framework
  2. Nexus Artifacts
  3. The Nexus Integration Team
  4. Cross-Team Refinement
  5. Nexus Sprint Planning
  6. Nexus Daily Scrum
  7. Nexus Sprint Review
  8. Nexus Sprint Retrospective

Scaled Professional Scrum – 40+ Practices

  1. How Does Scaled Professional Scrum Extend The Nexus Framework?
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  2. The Free Scaled Scrum Practice Assessment

The Nexus Framework

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  1. Hi Smino,

    Is it possible to provide the SPS notes as a single pdf to be able to print and read offline?


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  2. Hi Simon,
    Kudos on the site here. It is an invaluable resource understanding and re-enforcing SPS. I completed the assessment last week (all good) but wanted to get your viewpoint on a true / false statement that appeared on the exam. It threw me given the wording.

    The statement was true or false: several scrum teams work on the same product (true) and they create coordination challenges (interpreted that to be integration issues which can sometimes happen – true) that can be resolved by creating a communication plan.

    What is meant by communication plan? I assumed it was the Nexus ceremonies to raise integration issues and answered true but now I am not sure given the wording ‘communication plan’. The phrasing completely has got to me. Anyone able to comment on this?

    If this question is not suitable, please delete from the forum immediately but I thought it may be relevant given the discussion on SPS on this site.

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      Hi Mark,

      I would need to understand the full question to pass comment properly (and best not to share a real questions here).

      A communication plan sounds like a traditional waterfall document to me. If people need to talk about integration issues they should be empowered and supported to just do it. Nexus also provides the Nexus Daily Scrum as the last responsible moment for a discussion like this to happen.

      Hope that helps!


  3. Hi Simon,

    I am not sure why I am unable to find my query : I am again posting by creating my account.

    Query 1: Nexus is based on Scrum and in Scrum , Scrum Team discuss quality and adapt its DOD as it matures,

    What about the adaptation of the DOD at nexus level – who involved and how that is being adapted?

    Query 2: My teams has faced many times , where there is huge dependency between 2 teams and what we should focus on ? Is it merging the two teams to collaborate or focus on more Product backlog refinement to reduce the dependency ?


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      Some thoughts for you on your 2 queries:

      Query 1

      The Scrum Teams in the Nexus are responsible for this.

      The Nexus Integration Team may play a supporting/guiding role when it comes to adapting the Defintion of Done for a Nexus.

      Query 2

      You could reform the teams. Although there will be a price to pay for this, it could be appropriate.

      You could resequence the work so that the dependency is not brought into the Sprint. Team 1 completes some work in 1 Sprint and then team 2 continues in the next Sprint and the dependency is less likely to have an impact on team 2 this way.

      1. Just to ensure if I correctly interpret the first query : The NIT is responsible for nexus DOD , but for adaptation in later time it should be by Scrum Teams and NIT may guide about the same. and This should be part of nexus retrospective improvement to adapt DOD.

        Please correct me in case I have misunderstood!

        Thanks Simon!

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          Here is what the Nexus Guide says about this:
          “The Nexus Integration Team is responsible for a definition of “Done” that can be applied to the Integrated Increment developed each Sprint”

  4. Hi Simon,

    Thanks for writing so many good blogs, I read all the articles list in this blog, I gained a lot, especially the “Should We scale?”, because I have seen a lot project try to scale without considering if they reach a good condition to scale, it cost a lot of wastes in the team. I will share your blog with my stakeholders as well 😉

    Xiaojing aka Sarah

  5. Thank you for your info. Is there any update for:

    Coming soon: Major Differences Between The Scrum Framework and The Nexus Framework
    Coming soon: Comparison of Scaled Professional Scrum And Nexus To Other Scaling Approaches

    I’m looking forward to them.

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  6. Very good indeed! I’m curiously waiting for “Major differences between Scrum and Nexus”; and also for “Comparison of SPS/Nexus to other approaches”.

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