Scaling Scrum To Large Distributed Teams and its Challenges

As designed for use, Scrum works well for small co-located teams, cross functional teams. As the popularity of Scrum starting growing, more and more companies started adopting Scrum with mixed results. But overall, the trend has been increasing. Off late, big enterprises have also started adopting agile for their business needs and building complex products. In a recent study, the number of enterprise customers adopting scrum has doubled in last 2 years and they have used distributed scrum on large programs. So, the question is, can agile scale beyond small and co-located teams and what challenges could be there?

This presentation talks about our experience of implementing scrum on a large program, the challenges of scaling scrum and how to overcome these challenges.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

1. Scrum the way it is designed

2. Survey reports on enterprise scrum adoption

3. Key consideration for large scale deployment

4. Challenges for scaling scrum

5. Approach to handle these challenges

6. Summary and Conclusion

 

Learning Outcome

The audience will experience:

1. Challenges of adopting scrum on large scale programs,

2. How to tailor some of the scrum practices

3. What is the goverance model

4. And do's and dont's based on our experience

 

Target Audience

Scrum masters, project and program managers

schedule Submitted 2 years ago

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  • Ulhas Deshmukh
    By Ulhas Deshmukh  ~  2 years ago
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    What I like to hear is how to overcome the following challanges faced by even smaller distributed scrum teams.

    • SM and team are not working in same time zone
    • PO interfereing in teams work

     

    • Pooja Wandile
      By Pooja Wandile  ~  2 years ago
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      Leaving an ideal scenario aside, on ground, teams have to adapt to the situation which holds true for different time zones as well. Having a common overlap time is one of the most common steps that teams take. In addition to this, critical resources are required to be mentally prepared to address issues at any given odd time, though generally people do show respect for an individual's personal time.

      PO will interfer if team has not shown enough confidence to the PO. PO interfering in team's work during the start of the project may be OK, but as the project makes progress, it is up to the team to gain PO's confidence so that she can concentrate on backlog grooming than interfering in team's day to day work


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