Scaling Scrum Without Crushing its Soul

When: Tuesday April 23, 2019   6:30-8:30PM

Where: Corporate HQ  131 Middlesex Turnpike Burlington MA




At the core of Scrum is the empowered self-organized team. However, when organizations scale, if they are not careful, they can dis-empower 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.

In this talk, we will explore the common dysfunctions of scaling and how to overcome them. In the process, we describe the Nexus Framework for scaling Scrum. Nexus extends Scrum by focusing on removing cross-team dependencies, freeing teams to do their best work. Nexus builds on Scrum in a minimal way, helping organizations scale Scrum without destroying the essence of Scrum.

Patricia Kong, Product Owner of Enterprise Solutions from will introduce the Nexus Framework, and how it, like Scrum, promotes bottom-up thinking with top down support in order to discover and emerge what works best for your organization. She will also share case studies as examples showing how Nexus works. The audience will be taken through Nexus, its new events and the new role of the Nexus Integration Team.


6:30 - Business Agility Basics
7:00 - Food & Fun
7:25 - Key Presentation
8:25 - Wrap up
8:30 - Done!


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 program which includes the Nexus Framework, Evidence-Based Management, Scrum Studio and Scrum Development Kit. She also created and launched the Partners in Principle Program. 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.