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January 17, 2018

Changes Boost Clarity, Emphasize Criticality of Done at Scale and Extend the Worldwide Reach of Nexus

Boston – January 17, 2018, the mission-based organization dedicated to improving the profession of software delivery through training, certification assessments and community, today announced that it has made updates to the Nexus Guide, the body of knowledge for using its Nexus framework to scale Scrum. The Nexus Guide was initially released in August 2015.

The updates, which were determined in part through the Scrum community feedback via the Scrum Guide User Voice website, the community and its Professional Scrum Trainers (PSTs), were announced and published today by An emphasis on increasing clarification around the Nexus Integration Team and the purpose of its role, asserting the importance of transparency at scale for integration and defining when “Done” is at scale are some of the major changes Scrum practitioners will find in the updated version of the Nexus Guide. 

In addition, the Nexus Guide now includes a Creative Commons license, which will allow teams and organizations, globally, to reuse the guide’s content and broaden its reach. In conjunction with the updated guide, has released a new book, The Nexus Framework for Scaling Scrum: Continuously Delivering an Integrated Product with Multiple Scrum Teams, available now. 

“We are excited to see the changes in Nexus,” said Lee Cunningham, Sr. Director of Enterprise Agile Strategy at CollabNet. “Organizations using the Nexus framework will enjoy the full support of VersionOne Lifecycle, which provides unmatched visibility and collaboration at scale.” 

As organizations began adopting the Scrum framework and growing from single Scrum Teams to multiple Scrum Teams working together to deliver an integrated product, Scrum co-creator and founder Ken Schwaber, along with the community, created Nexus. They did so to enable them to more easily develop and sustain scaled product and software development initiatives using Scrum. Working with organizations implementing Nexus, they learned how Nexus is used, and the difficulties and successes that drove direct feedback leading to this revision.

“Nexus enables multiple Scrum Teams to work together to deliver an integrated increment one or more times per Sprint, because most scaled efforts delay integration. And that’s what fails,” said Schwaber. “It takes what’s already in place and successful in a team’s implementation of Scrum and extends it. Nexus is essentially just Scrum. It can fit the needs of pre-existing Scrum Teams and enable them to work better together, making it the preferred option for scaling Scrum.”

Nexus has become a globally accepted and used framework for scaling Scrum, with more than 40 Scaled Professional Scrum (SPS) Professional Scrum Trainers qualified to teach Nexus worldwide. offers Nexus training and certification with its Scaled Professional Scrum With Nexus course and certification exam. Patricia Kong, Product Owner of Enterprise Solutions and co-creator of Nexus, will provide an overview of the Nexus framework and its updates in a webinar on February 14, 2018. 

The Nexus Guide can be found at and is available in 30 languages today. Offered for license under the Attribution Share-Alike license of Creative Commons, its copyright allows for reuse as long as it is credited back. 


Based on the values and principles of Scrum and the Agile Manifesto, provides comprehensive training, assessments and certifications to improve the profession of software delivery. Throughout the world, our solutions and community of Professional Scrum Trainers empower people and organizations to achieve agility through Scrum.  Ken Schwaber, the co-creator of Scrum, founded in 2009 as a global organization, dedicating himself to improving the profession of software delivery by reducing the gaps so the work and work products are dependable. 

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Allison Stokes
fama PR