To be more competitive today companies need to develop products in a faster and cheaper way. To achieve this goal they necessarily need to scale the product development process. In fact, they can use the Nexus framework, which is based on Scrum, to manage large and complex product development projects.
To adopt this new framework it is useful to understand what are the differences between Scrum and Nexus. Let’s start analyzing the characteristics of the Product Backlog Refinement event in Nexus.
Product Backlog Refinement in Nexus
The Product Backlog Refinement in the Nexus framework is a formal event that happens during the Sprint. It helps to manage the complexity of multiple teams working together.
The characteristics of the refinement meetings can vary according to the dependencies in the Product Backlog. In fact these aspects can determine the number, frequency, and duration of the meeting.
During refinement meetings the Product Backlog should be refined enough so that dependencies are identified, removed or minimized. In fact, it is important that dependencies get reduced before Nexus Sprint Planning, because they get bigger at scale.
To minimize dependencies, it would be particularly important to look at the structure of the team. In addition, it can be useful to analyze cross-team dependencies and focus on modern technical practices.
Product Backlog Refinement objectives
One of the objectives of refinement meetings is to decompose the Product Backlog items enough so that the Nexus can understand which teams are able to deliver them and in what sequence.
Moreover, during the refinement meetings it is crucial to identify, visualize, and minimize cross-team dependencies. In fact, to be as effective as possible it is important that the appropriate members of the individual Scrum Teams attend these meetings.
Keep in mind
Refinement happens as much as needed during the Sprint. It helps to manage the complexity of multiple teams working together. The Nexus framework, which is based on Scrum, helps companies to manage large product development projects.