Scaling | Definition of Scaling by Scrum Dictionary



Definition of Scaling

The changes in Structure and Governance that enable successful growth (or reduction) of production. In general, the increase or decrease in one or more dimensions of an organization in order to improve success.
The word 'scale' is often used as shorthand for 'scale up', which means “to increase the size, amount, or extent of something.” The terms 'scale back' and 'scale down' are used to mean "to decrease the size, amount, or extent of something."
An organization has 'scaled scrum' when it has more than one Team (either Scrum or Development) working together to produce Results.


"It's much safer to scale the company in relation to the leads you can generate than it is to hire new people to generate leads," says Balloon Works's Sidney Conn. "When we scale up, it's in manufacturing. Our sales staff can take on new orders without many new people."
—Hal Plotkin, INC’s Guide to International Business, Fall 1988
We lost a lot of our Customers in the recession, and had to scale back our development staff.


The purpose of an Organization is to produce Results that provide value for its Stakeholders and do it in an effective and efficient manner… and do this even though the Stakeholders are changing their minds, and disagreeing with each other, about what they want. Most Organizations naturally want to grow in order to provide even more value to even more Stakeholders. Managing this growth – doing it in an effective manner – is the scaling challenge.

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"Scaling." AccessedJan 23, 2022.