Catch Jeff and Alex at Agile2014 as they present our thoughts on Scrum at Scale and Leveraging Business Value in your backlog. Jeff will also be signing a limited number of advance copies of his new book Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time. Meet us at the VersionOne booth for your chance to win a copy. Pre-order now and we’ll send you a free copy of the first chapter to whet your appetite.
Scrum at Scale
Alex Brown and Jeff Sutherland will present Scrum Inc.’s modular framework for scaling Scrum, and we want your patterns! Share with us how your team has met the goals for any module, and help us grow the Agile community’s understanding of Scrum at scale. All submitted patterns will be publicly posted and refined as we continue to explore Scrum at the enterprise level.
The framework creates loosely coupled modules that act as the skeleton to which the muscle of different practices is connected. Each module is defined by “goals” (what needs to be accomplished) “inputs” (information from another part of the organization) and “outputs” (what the module produces). The details of how these defining inputs and outputs are fulfilled is left up to the implementing team.
Calculating business value effectively and using that insight to prioritize the Product Backlog is one of the most important things an organization can do to drive higher profits and achieve a competitive advantage using Scrum. This is because the Scrum framework helps you to deliver product features independently, allowing you to focus on delivering high value functionality first.
Teams that forego a disciplined approach to calculating business value are leaving money on the table. Yet many scrum teams do just that; they measure velocity effectively as a way to improve team productivity over time, but rely on very soft qualitative methods to determine backlog order.
This session will explain the sources of business value to different organizations, present a spectrum of methods for calculating business value that range from quick and simple to precise and quantitative, and illustrate the expanded capabilities this quantitative approach provides the Product Owner.