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Need Guidance and Clarification - PSM 1 preparation

Last post 07:20 am April 1, 2016 by Shahid Aslam
3 replies
05:11 pm March 28, 2016

Dear All,

I am preparing rigorously for the 2nd time as first time i failed with 81 % (though i prepared well).

Now i have completely gone through numerous times :

Scrum Guide (more than 3-4 times) +
Open Assessment of PO / SCRUM / Developer on (getting 100 )+
Practise exams from mplaza and mplashin
Some more pocket guides and videos from youtube.

Any other suggestions/inputs ?

Also Can someone help in clarfying the below questions:

1.) The Product Owner and Scrum Master should not be part of the Development Team.

True or False ? I feel its true but always confused how this question relates.

2.)What does it mean to say a Product Backlog item is Done? Choose all that apply

A-The item can be a part of a potentially releasable piece of software
B-The item creates a software that is usable by the end user
c-The item is ready for user acceptance testing
D-The item has all the quality requirements defined by the Product Owner
E-No work left based on the Definition of Done
F-The item is ready for functional testing by the Product Owner
G-All tasks identified for the item are done

3.)Which of the following is the most important concern in scaled Scrum?

a.Assigning items to teams
b.Coordinating the activities of teams
c.Having a clear Definition of Done that works for all teams
d.Minimizing dependencies between teams
e.Making sure there’s enough work for all teams


02:05 pm March 31, 2016

Development Team Size
The Product Owner and Scrum Master roles are not included in this count unless they are also executing the work of the Sprint Backlog.

This statement from Scrum guide shows that Scrum Master and Product Owner can be in Development team

02:11 pm March 31, 2016

I don't have answers to 2) and 3) if I find it, will let you know.
Does these questions came during your 1st attempt ?

07:20 am April 1, 2016

First of all best of luck with taking the exam... Here is what I think are the correct answers:

1) I agree Scrum master and product owner can be part of a development team.

2) Definition of done is based on it being potentially shippable i.e. nothing else needs to be done to an increment... As this is a product backlog item then this indicates the product owner has accepted the work. Therefore: a,b,d,e,g apply...

3) If its just one answer then my view is d) noting c) if its more than one answer... My rationale is that teams must be self organizing, cross functional and be able to create a product increment... Introducing dependencies into that can cause sever impact to work and with regards to "Definition of Done" - thats an implicit part of scrum where as organizing teams and splitting work to reduce dependencies requires effort and adequate resources to be in place...

Hope that helps!

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