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PSM I question: Product Backlog item considered complete
Last Post 28 Dec 2013 08:26 AM by Om Prakash Bang. 4 Replies.
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Robert Stone
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Robert Stone

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15 Dec 2013 09:41 AM
    Hi everybody,

    One question about Scrum framework.

    The question is from PSM I.

    When is a Product Backlog item considered complete?

    A) The item has no work remaining that must still be done before it can be used by its end user.

    B) When QA reports that it passes all acceptance criteria.

    C) At the end of the Sprint

    D) When all work in the Sprint Backlog that is related to it is complete.

    I think the correct answer is A) but I think it could be also D)


    Thank you in advance.
    Nitin Khanna
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    Nitin Khanna

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    15 Dec 2013 09:56 AM
    (A) is alluding to an increment that has been released / shipped.

    (D) is not necessarily indicating that the increment has been released / shipped.

    This is how I'm interpreting it.

    Given the above, what would be more appropriate, now?
    Ravi Vajaria
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    Ravi Vajaria

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    15 Dec 2013 04:32 PM
    I would select "A". It is more accurate than "D". Answer D they way it is written it could mean that team has completed all tasks BUT the PO may not accept it. i.e. what if team has missed something from acceptance criteria that PO catches and hence PBI is not done. Answer "A" indirectly states the acceptance since nothing is remaining before end user uses it (once it is released)...

    By the way, thanks for putting these... great conversations!
    Ian Mitchell
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    Ian Mitchell

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    16 Dec 2013 05:11 AM
    Let's consider B, C, and D first:

    B) When QA reports that it passes all acceptance criteria.

    There's no QA role in Scrum, so this answer can be eliminated

    C) At the end of the Sprint

    The question relates to a Product Backlog Item, and as such it belongs to the Product Owner. The work done in the course of a particular Sprint may not be sufficient to render a PBI complete. PBI completeness is something that can only be determined by the PO.

    D) When all work in the Sprint Backlog that is related to it is complete.

    Same analysis as C. The question relates to a PBI, not a Sprint Backlog Item.

    A) The item has no work remaining that must still be done before it can be used by its end user.

    This is the most credible answer, because only the Product Owner can determine whether or not a PBI is complete, and the PO is expected to represent the interests of end users.
    Om Prakash Bang
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    Om Prakash Bang

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    28 Dec 2013 08:26 AM
    Is it Product Backlog OR Sprint Backlog ?
    Product backlog is never complete, it exists till product exists.
    Sprint Backlog - It can be D) if complete include - all user stories meeting agreed done definition.
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