Scaled Professional Scrum (Nexus)

Scale Scrum without adding paralyzing bureaucracy

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 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.

All of our classes are guaranteed to run.  We don’t cancel if we have students signed up.

Course Goal:

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.



Who should attend?


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.


Common myths debunked during class:

  • Scaling scrum means using projects.
  • Scaling means more levels of control and management.
  • Scaling involves planning in 3 or more month blocks of time, not in sprints.
  • Scaling means multiple products folded into a project approach.
  • If you scale, you’ll need an additional layer of product owners, scrum master, and architects.
  • You can’t release on a sprint cadence (or faster) if you’re scaling.


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


After completing a Professional Scrum Master course, you’ll receive credentials to take the Scaled Professional Scrum assessment and earn the industry-recognized the industry-recognized SPS Certification. The assessment is taken outside of class at the student’s convenience.

Earning your certification will make you part of an elite community of 300,000+ certificate holders.