Scrum and Architecture is a combination that looks suspicious. One of the first principles of Scrum is no Big Up Front Design (BDUF) and architectural designs tend to be big. They can be usefull. A short readable paragraph on architectural principles in the Vision document is a good starting punt. Next in sprint zero the architectural design must be proved. one line of working code is worth 500 of specification. After this sprint the team owns the architectural design. They will inspect and adapt during the next sprints. New concepts will be tested in isolation in a spike. Otherwise the velocity of the team will deteriorate .

In a multi team scrum project the architectural process is complexer. The last months I have looked into this topic. The most complete view on strategies for scaling and Enterprise Architecture I found was by Scott Ambler. His  book Agile Enterprise Architecture  and  blog is great material.


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