Tuesday, September 26, 2017

How to scale Scrum

Complex software requires the efforts of more than just 1 Scrum team. So in this article I discuss:
  • How to scale Scrum to large programs and portfolio.
  • How to avoid common mistakes in Scrum.

Originally Published by Scrum Alliance:

I am proud that the Scrum Alliance editorial team reviewed, approved and published this article on their web site, originally released in December 2015.  I am re-publishing a few articles previously published on the Scrum Alliance site, here on my blog because I will soon begin publishing more articles on Scrum expanding on the ideas in these articles and covering new ones.

Scaling Scrum UP

Got a big product with big programs and big problems ? Then you need to scale your Agile Scrum implementation to many teams and locations. The school of thought and knowledge to turn to, to scale Agile is the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe).

SAFe provides a large framework for scaling the Scrum process and Agile principles to a much much larger environment. All the way up to the largest enterprise. And in the last few years there have been noticeably more leading companies, in and out of Silicon Valley, not only fully embracing Scrum, but adopting SAFe to scale their Agile implementation throughout their enterprises.

The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) web site contains a break down of the framework covering team, program and portfolio levels. The SAFe framework is presented on the web site as a diagram called the Big Picture (pictured below).

Scaled Agile Framework Diagram
Scaled Agile Framework Diagram

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Adopt Scrum for Competitive Advantage

Everything is moving faster and faster. And agility is needed now more than ever. In this article I’ll dive in to:

  • Why Scrum is required these days ?
  • Studies that demonstrate project success rates over a decade.
  • Why is Scrum a huge competitive advantage ?

Originally Published by Scrum Alliance:

I am proud that the Scrum Alliance editorial team reviewed, approved and published this article on their web site, originally released in October 2015.  I am re-publishing a few articles previously published on the Scrum Alliance site, here on my blog because I will soon begin publishing more articles on Scrum expanding on the ideas in these articles and covering new ones.

Why Scrum is required these days ?

Scrum Framework Diagram
Scrum Framework Diagram
The software markets move FAST !!! Especially mobile, online services and cloud software. Even the conventional desktop software market that existed for years has changed dramatically due to online app stores. So you need to move fast too. And that means fully embracing Agile principles and implementing the Scrum framework.

And go pure Scrum. Don’t do it half way, or some bazaar hybrid of old school waterfall and Scrum. Going truly Agile has some enormous benefits and beats waterfall, hybrids and chaotic ad hoc methods hands down.