Scaled Professional Scrum - SPS Course Outline

(2 Days)


Scaled Professional Scrum (SPS) with the Nexus Framework is a 2-day course designed as a workshop for anyone involved in building software products with multiple teams.

The Nexus Framework is a light-weight, open-source layer on top of Scrum that manages dependencies when many Scrum Teams are working on the same product. 

The Scaled Professional Scrum class teaches the Nexus framework and provides a multitude of complementary practices that are effective when three to nine Scrum Teams are building a single product.  This course is not about portfolio management or project management but about approaching product development from an agile mindset. Nexus+ is also covered – a way to enables larger-scale development with over nine teams.

The SPS course is delivered with an end-to-end case study where you’ll work together with other students to apply the Nexus Framework. You’ll also learn the challenges in large-scale development initiatives and solutions solving those challenges.

Audience Profile

The course assumes experience in Scrum.  Anyone involved in scaled product delivery using Scrum (leadership, PMO members, Scrum Masters, or Product Owners).  If you are interested in how to scale Scrum and know the framework, this is the right class.  The class applies to non-IT work efforts.


Attendees make the most of the class if they:

·        Have a solid understanding of Scrum either through working with a Scrum Team or through taking a professional scrum master or similar course.

·        Have an understanding of development techniques, tools, and practices needed to sustain large scale development.

·        Attempted the scrum practitioner open assessment located at

At Course Completion

·        What are the biggest challenges for Scaling Professional Scrum?

·        What else might be possible before we go down the path of scaling?

·        What are the most important enablers for Scaling Professional Scrum?

·        What, why, who & how of Scaling Professional Scrum with Nexus

·        How can Scrum Principles of Empiricism and Self-Organization be upheld while Scaling

·        Professional Scrum?

·        How can we launch and/or optimize a Nexus?

·        What are the key principles, values, and practices for scaling beyond Nexus – with

·        Nexus+

Course Outline

The SPS course is a mix of lecture, case studies, and interactive exercises as you collaborate with other students.

·        Scaled Scrum is still Scrum

·        The Nexus Framework

·        Additional Role, Events, Artifacts for the Nexus.

·        Reasons to move toward or avoid scaling.

·        Organizing Teams

·        Growing teams to scale with success.

·        Organizational levers to adjust for scaling.

·        Practices to divide int teams – microservices, personas, UI, features, etc.

·        What to do with geographically distributed and virtual teams.

·        Nexus integration team formation and membership.

·        Organizing Work

·        Visualizing and planning work

·        Practices for determining dependencies

·        Story mapping

·        Visualizing different types of cross-team dependencies.


·        Nexus in Action

·        Nexus Sprint Planning, Sprint Goal, and Sprint Backlog.

·        Nexus Sprint Review and Retrospective techniques.

·        How to facilitate large scale events.

·        Scaling Product Ownership.

·        Techniques that make scaling easier

·        Managing a Nexus

·        Understanding and visualizing progress with multiple teams.

·        Evidence-Based Management metrics for scaling.

·        Individual practices to manage the Nexus approach.

·        Nexus+ Scaling over 9 teams

·        Challenges with massive scale development

·        Guiding principles of Nexus +

·        Scaling options

·        Techniques for large scale Nexus