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A change to the Sprint Backlog during the Sprint

Last post 09:59 pm May 28, 2014
by Anonymous
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02:11 am May 27, 2014

Hi there,

There's a question in the open assessment which I don't understand:

The Development Team should not be interrupted during the Sprint. The Sprint Goal should remain intact. These are conditions that foster creativity, quality and productivity. Based on this, which of the following is false?

A) The Product Owner can help clarify or optimize the Sprint when asked by the Development Team.

B) The Sprint Backlog and its contents are fully formulated in the Sprint Planning meeting and do not change during the Sprint.

C) As a decomposition of the selected Product Backlog Items, the Sprint Backlog changes and may grow as the work emerges.

D) The Development Team may work with the Product Owner to remove or add work if it finds it has more or less capacity than it expected.

The correct answer for this question was the one I immediately dropped as surely not correct, and it is B.

Really Sprint Backlog does not change during the Sprint?

I can see in the Scrum Guide that the Development Team may negotiate with the Product Owner the scope of the Sprint Backlog within the Sprint.

02:45 am May 27, 2014

Read the question carefully, up to the last word before the question mark ;)

01:42 pm May 27, 2014

As Ludwig says, the question asks you to identify which statement is *false*.

The only one that is false is B, because there is every expectation that the Sprint Backlog will change during the Sprint.

02:06 am May 28, 2014

affff..... :)

09:59 pm May 28, 2014

The Sprint Backlog and its contents are fully formulated in the Sprint Planning meeting

It may be that the Sprint Backlog is fully formulated during the Sprint Planning Meeting, but as I've studied the material, there seems to be an emphasis that the Dev Team need not breakdown every story committed to in the Sprint during the Sprint Planning Meeting. Once there are enough stories broken down into tasks for a few days of work, the Dev Team get start working on those, while other stories are decomposed during the Sprint. You would want to breakdown as many as you can during the Sprint Planning Meeting.