Category: PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® Exam

Free PMI-ACP® Exam Sample Question 70

An agile team does not think it can meet the release deadline based on their velocity midway through the release's iterations. What should the team do?

A. Meet with the product owner to discuss a new release date
B. Add more developers to the team
C. Slice user stories so that the team can increase velocity
D. Meet with the product owner to re-prioritize the backlog

Hint:  Typically, on agile projects, the cost and the schedule are fixed, while the scope is flexible.


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Answer and Explanations:

Answer A: Incorrect. While discussing a new release date with the product owner sounds like a plausible option, the question wording, 'release deadline', suggests that the release end date cannot be changed. In addition, unless stated differently, on agile projects the cost and the schedule are fixed, while the scope is flexible. Therefore, reducing the scope is a better option.

Answer B: Incorrect. Adding more developers to the team does not always yield more productivity.

Answer C: Incorrect. Slicing a story into two smaller stories would produce the same number of points since agile stories are relative. There is no overall benefit from this action.

Answer D: Correct. Unless stated differently, on agile projects the cost and the schedule are fixed, while the scope is flexible. Therefore, meeting with the product owner to discuss the scope reduction, or in other words, to re-prioritize the backlog, is the best option among the answer choices provided.

Exam Reference: Exploring Scrum: The Fundamentals, 2nd Edition, Dan Rawsthorne with Doug Shimp, 2013, Reprioritization of Requirements 

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