The Definitive Guide to Scrum at Scale Scrum, as originally outlined in the Scrum Guide, is a framework for developing, delivering, and sustaining complex products by a single team. Since its inception, it’s usage has extended to the creation of products, processes, services, and systems that require the efforts of multiple teams. Scrum@Scale was created to efficiently coordinate this new ecosystem of teams. It achieves this goal through setting up a “minimum viable bureaucracy” via a “scale-free” architecture.
This guide provides the definition of Scrum@Scale and the components of its framework. It explains the scaled roles, scaled events, and enterprise artifacts, as well as the rules that bind them together.
This guide is broken down into four basic sections:
Each component serves a specific purpose which is required for success at scale. Changing their core design or ideas, omitting them, or not following the base rules laid out in this guide limits the benefits of Scrum@Scale.
Specific tactics beyond the basic structure and rules for implementing each component vary and are not described in this Guide. Other sources provide complementary patterns, processes, and insights.
Preface to the Scrum@Scale Guide
Purpose of the Scrum@Scale Guide
The Components of Scrum@Scale
Getting Started: Installing an Agile Operating System
Scaling The Teams
The Team Process
The Scrum of Scrums (SoS)
Scaling in Larger Organizations
Scaling the Events and Roles
Event: The Scaled Daily Scrum (SDS)
Event: The Scaled Retrospective
The Scrum Master Cycle: Coordinating the “How”
Role: The Scrum of Scrums Master (SoSM)
The Hub of the SM Cycle: The Executive Action Team (EAT)
EAT Backlog and Responsibilities
Continuous Improvement and Impediment Removal
The Product Owner Cycle: Coordinating the “What”
Scaling the Product Owner – The Product Owner Cycle
Role: The Chief Product Owner (CPO)
Scaling the Product Owner Team
The Hub of the PO Cycle: The Executive MetaScrum (EMS)
Coordinating the “What” – The Product Owner Cycle
Backlog Decomposition and Refinement
Connecting the Product Owner and Scrum Master Cycles
Product Feedback and Release Feedback
Metrics and Transparency
Some Notes on Organizational Design
The Scrum@Scale® course teaches the responsibilities of the Product Owner, individual Scrum teams, and enterprise leadership in a variety of large-scale contexts. In this course, students will learn the following:
The Scrum@Scale® course teaches the responsibilities of the Product Owner, individual Scrum teams, and enterprise leadership in a variety of large-scale contexts.
✔ This course is for anyone interested in how Scrum can be used to reform organizations to deliver twice the value in half the time.
✔ This course will help leaders and employees to become agile change agents at scale.
✔ This course will help managers start Agile transformations.
✔ This course will help managers lead and empower Scrum teams.