Agile + DevOps East 2020 Keynote : Scaling Scrum without Crushing Its Soul

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:15am

Scaling Scrum without Crushing Its Soul

At the core of Scrum is the empowered, self-organized team. However, when organizations scale, if they are not careful, they can disempower teams and destroy self-organization. When they do, they don't get what they are looking for, and the teams end up feeling defeated and unmotivated. When organizations impose order and consistency from the top down, they lose the benefits of Scrum. What organizations need is to scale the benefits of Scrum to multiple teams working together to deliver an integrated product, but without destroying transparency and the courage, respect, commitment, focus, and openness that Scrum encourages. Patricia Kong will explore the common dysfunctions of scaling and how to overcome them. In the process, she’ll describe the Nexus Framework for scaling Scrum, which builds on Scrum in a minimal way and focuses on removing cross-team dependencies. Come learn how to free up your teams to do their best work, so you can scale Scrum without destroying the essence of Scrum.


Patricia Kong is co-author of "The Nexus Framework for Scaling Scrum" published by Pearson. She is also a public speaker and mentor. Patricia is the Product Owner of the Enterprise Solutions and Leadership Program which focuses on helping organizations thrive in a complex world. Patricia is a people advocate and fascinated by organizational behavior and misbehaviors. She emerged through the financial services industry and has led product development, product management and marketing for several early stage companies in the US and Europe. At Forrester Research, Patricia worked with their largest clients focusing on business development and delivery engagements. Patricia lived in France and now lives in her hometown of Boston. Patricia is fluent in 4 languages.