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

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

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  • Copyright 2018
  • Dimensions: 7" x 9-1/8"
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-13-468270-X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-468270-9

Improve and Accelerate Software Delivery for Large, Distributed, Complex Projects

The Nexus Framework is the simplest, most effective approach to applying Scrum at scale across multiple teams, sites, and time zones. Created by Scrum.org–the pioneering Scrum training and certification organization founded by Scrum co-creator Ken Schwaber–Nexus draws on decades of experience to address the unique challenges teams face in coming together, sharing work, and managing and minimizing dependencies.

The Nexus™ Framework for Scaling Scrum is a concise book that shows how Nexus helps teams to deliver a complex, multi-platform, software-based product in short, frequent cycles, without sacrificing consistency or quality, and without adding unnecessary complexity or straying from Scrum’s core principles. Using an extended case study, the authors illustrate how Nexus helps teams solve common scaling challenges like reducing cross-team dependencies, preserving team self-organization and transparency, and ensuring accountability.

  • Understand the challenges of delivering working, integrated product increments with multiple teams, and how Nexus addresses them
  • Form a Nexus around a new or existing product and learn how that Nexus sets goals and plans its work
  • Run Sprints within a Nexus, provide transparency into progress, conduct effective Nexus Sprint reviews, and use Nexus Sprint Retrospectives to continuously improve
  • Overcome the distributed team collaboration challenges


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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


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