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Is Nexus the Scaled Scrum framework we’ve been looking for?

No and yes.

It’s lightweight

First off, Nexus is relatively lightweight compared to other scaled scrum and agile frameworks (for example, LeSS and SAFe).

And that’s a good thing.

But… Nexus only works for sets of 3 to 9 scrum teams.

This limits a Nexus to two things:

  • a maximum of 81 people
  • scrum teams.

Don’t get me wrong, 81 is already a lot of people to be managing. So it should work in most multi-scrum-team cases.

In saying that, I’m willing to bet there are a bunch of companies that want overview and coordination (note: I didn’t even say micro-manage 😉) of more than 81 people at a time.

Is the next Nexus a Galaxy?

This gives me an uneasy feeling that there will be something after Nexus. A Nexus of Nexuses? A galaxy? Who knows.

galaxy

Now to talk about Nexus’ point of redemption…

Nexus formalizes the process of identifying and dealing with dependencies across scrum teams.

dependencies

In other words, Nexus feels like a logical improvement over scrum when you’re working with multiple teams. Albeit, improvements that we were probably already practicing.

It’s an improvement… of sorts

Nexus improves upon scrum by slightly altering the scrum rituals, meetings and questions to re-focus them on highlighting dependencies across teams. Which is probably the first thing teams at scale organically find an issue with and attempt to immediately address.

I guess that’s nice?