Should tester be included in refining PBI?

Last post 01:22 am July 16, 2015
by Eshan Baranwal
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10:04 am July 15, 2015

Dear all,

An open assessments' question:
Programmers and testers SHOULD NOT be included in refining Product Backlog items.
Ans: False.

If the question is altered to:
Programmers and testers SHOULD be included in refining Product Backlog items.
True or False?

True. The Scrum Team is cross-functional. It needs both programming and testing skills for PBI refinement,
False: There is no tester role in Scrum Team.

How to choose?

10:24 am July 15, 2015

There is no role like programmers, testers in Scrum. all members of development team have same title "developer" regardless of nature of job performed by them. So while referring to Dev team, one must consider all developers.PBI refinement need both of development team and PO.

10:51 am July 15, 2015

Hi Eshan,

Yes. You are right.

But there is a question of Open PSD Assessment:
"Programmers and testers should not be included in refining Product Backlog items."

The correct answer is "TRUE".

I think, In this question, Programmers and testers are just for members' functional skills.
It wants the test taker to understand FBI refinement need corss-functional skills.

But the question is, how could the test taker know the term "tester" is for "Scrum Role" or "Functional Skill"?

05:12 pm July 15, 2015

It is true that Development Team members should be included in Product Backlog refinement sessions.

This does not imply that programmers and testers should be excluded from those sessions. It makes no difference if "programmer" and "tester" refer to functional skills, roles, or something else entirely. The relevant people could also be members of the Development Team. That *is* a role, and it has duties to Product Backlog refinement that need to be observed.

Therefore the answer to the question "Programmers and testers SHOULD NOT be included in refining Product Backlog items" must be false.

08:07 pm July 15, 2015

hi Ian,
My answer is FALSE, too.

How about "Programmers and testers SHOULD be included in refining Product Backlog items. " ?

Thanks.

01:22 am July 16, 2015

Regardless of one's area of expertise, all dev team members should be present in PBI refinement.