Scaling Scrum

Scaling Scrum is a challenge that many large organizations face as they implement Teams across more and more of their operations. Coordinating multiple Teams that are working on multiple projects can seem daunting. But Scrum was designed to scale because it is fractal in nature i.e. it works the same at scale as it does in a singular instance.

Scrum was designed this way to address Conway’s Law coined by Melvin Conway in 1968:

“organizations which design systems … are constrained to produce designs which are copies of the communication structures of these organizations”

In other words, the architecture of the code reflects the architecture of the organization! This is why companies with rigid bureaucratic hierarchies produce rigid, hierarchical code that is hard to change.

In contrast, Scrum is flexible and adaptive. By dint of Conway’s Law, an organizations using Scrum will create products that can easily adapt to market changes, giving it a competitive advantage.

Using real world examples from IDX (now GE Healthcare), Microsoft, SAP, and Spotify this online course covers how to scale small Teams out in large organizations, how to distribute remote Teams, and how to manage hundreds of small Teams using the Scrum of Scrums


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