An Introduction to the Nexus Framework

This paper was written by Professional Scrum Trainer Simon Bourk and Scrum.org Product Owner for Enterprise Solutions, Patricia Kong.

The Nexus framework was created by Ken Schwaber, co-creator of the Scrum framework, and was released by his organization, Scrum.org, along with a body of knowledge, the Nexus Guide, in 2015. Nexus is based on the Scrum framework and uses an iterative and incremental approach to scaling software and product development. Nexus augments Scrum minimally with one new role and some expanded events and artifacts. It preserves Scrum. As Ken describes it, “Nexus is the exoskeleton of Scrum.” 

The Nexus framework is a foundation to plan, launch, scale and manage large product and software development initiatives. Nexus is for organizations to use when multiple Scrum Teams are working on one product as it allows the teams to unify as one larger unit, a Nexus. As an “exoskeleton,” a Nexus protects and strengthens the teams by creating connections between them and by maintaining bottom-up intelligence. The foundation of a Nexus is to encourage transparency and keep scaling as uniform as possible.  Read more...

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