November 4, 2021

Nexus Discovery Cheat-Sheet - Scaling Scientific And Professional Scrum With The Nexus Framework

Scaling Scientific Scrum With The Nexus Framework

10+ years of helping organizations scale Scrum from one team to 500+ teams has taught me one thing - most practitioners abandon the scientific principles and core values of Scrum in their pursuit of scaling Scrum. To many of these practitioners, Scaling Scrum is a whole another ball-game to which Scrum principles and values do not apply.

In my previous blog - Scrum Discovery Cheat Sheet – From a Superficial to Scientific Understanding of Scrum I shared how we can apply Scrum Discovery Game invented and refined by Kate Terlacka and Dani Tobler to help practitioners deepen their understanding of Scientific Scrum. In this blog, I am adapting that approach to scaling scientific Scrum with the Nexus framework through the Nexus Discovery Cheat Sheet.

You can use this cheat sheet in many different contexts...

  1. Before you deliver or attend Nexus training
  2. Deepening your understanding after you attend Nexus training
  3. Preparing for a Scrum.org Nexus assessment
  4. Helping others deepen their understanding of Nexus

Here's how you might get the best results from this cheat-sheet...

  1. Print out the cheat-sheet.
  2. Choose a real world company you are familiar with as the context for completing this exercise.
  3. Try to answer all the questions in the cheat-sheet in the context of how you would implement Scaled Professional Scrum with Nexus in that company. Imagine what you would do if you had a magic wand to implement Nexus in the way that Ken Schwaber intended for it to be implemented, after your waved away all the dysfunctions.
  4. Read the Nexus Guide and Scrum Guide.
  5. Understand every single term mentioned in the Scrum Glossary and Professional Scrum Development Glossary.
  6. Answer all the questions in the cheat-sheet you printed out. Make improvements as you discover new insights.
  7. Take the these free practice assessments - Nexus Open Assessment Scrum Open Assessment, Product Owner Open AssessmentScrum Developer Open Assessment.
  8. Make a list of every question you got wrong.
  9. Go back to step 4 with special focus on the questions you got wrong.
  10. Repeat the assessments until you score 100% consistently.

Hope this helps. Let me know how it went for you and how we can make this better.

And if you want your teams to shift from wasting time and money with superficially Scaled Scrum to maximizing value with scientifically Scaled Scrum, contact us to see how we can help you.

Scrum On!