Free PMI-ACP® Exam Sample Question 81
During a sprint review, the product owner rejects one of the product features that the development team demonstrated. What happens next to the user story according to which the rejected feature was developed?
A. The user story is automatically placed into the sprint backlog of the next sprint
B. The user story is deleted from the product backlog and dropped from the project
C. The user story is rewritten to address the reasons why they were not accepted
D. The user story is placed in the product backlog to be reprioritized
HINT: Are rejected user stories automatically placed into the backlog or does something else need to occur first?
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Correct Answer: C
Answer and Explanations:
Answer A: Incorrect. There is a reason that the feature was rejected, and this must be addressed first. Also, priorities may have changed during the iteration, so no user story is automatically placed into the next sprint backlog.
Answer B: Incorrect. This action is a rather drastic step that should not be taken. The feature has already been developed implying the user story was prioritized and deemed of high value to the customer, so dropping it from the project is not a rational choice. The correct next step is determining why the work was rejected and making the necessary corrections.
Answer C: Correct. If a feature is rejected, it is most often due to a gap in the team's understanding of the expectations of the business or customer. This misunderstanding can arise due to missed acceptance criteria or a poorly written user story which served as a basis for the feature. The first step is to correct or rewrite the user story. Then it can be placed into the backlog and reprioritized.
Answer D: Incorrect. Simply placing the user story back in the backlog to be reprioritized without addressing the reason why the feature was rejected will not resolve the issue. Once the user story is fixed (rewritten), it can be placed back in the backlog and then reprioritized.
Exam Reference: Agile Project Management: Creating Innovative Products, Jim Highsmith, 2004