Better Software East 2017 Concurrent Session : Scale: The Most Hyped Term in Agile Development Today


Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Scale: The Most Hyped Term in Agile Development Today

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Scrum is everywhere. More than 90 percent of agile teams use it. But for many organizations wanting to scale agile, one team using Scrum is not enough. Dave West says the Nexus Framework, created by Ken Schwaber, the co-creator of Scrum, provides an exoskeleton for Scrum. Nexus allows multiple teams to work together to produce an integrated increment regularly. It addresses the key challenges of scaling agile development by adding new yet minimal events, artifacts, and roles to the Scrum framework. Dave discusses Nexus, addresses its boundaries, and explains what else is needed for agile to thrive in an organization. Dave explores how organizations have transitioned to agile, and examines their successes and challenges in implementing Scrum, how they envision scaling with Nexus, and goals for creating a Scrum Studio.

Dave West

Dave West is the CEO/product owner at He is a frequent speaker and widely published author of articles and his acclaimed book, Head First Object-Oriented Analysis and Design. Dave led the development of the Rational Unified Process (RUP) and worked with Ivar Jacobson to run the North American business for IJI. He managed the software delivery practice at Forrester research where he was VP and research director. Prior to joining, Dave was chief product officer at Tasktop, where he was responsible for product management, engineering, and architecture.