Test your knowledge of Scrum software development principles
A plethora of certifications are available that are either wholly about the Scrum method of agile software development, or that include questions on it. The Scrum framework has been expanded to now being used in research, sales, and marketing.
It is most at home, however, when it comes to developing software, thanks to its emphasis on quality, flexibility, and continuous improvement. How well do you know Scrum as it relates to development? What follows is a self-test of 25 questions based on the concepts and topics one should know about the framework.
In all cases, pick the best answer(s) to each question. The answers appear at the end of the questions. Best of luck!
1. Scrum teams divide work into goals. Those goals are to be finished within defined times that are known as:
2. The Scrum team needs to include developers, a Scrum master, and what other role?
A. System Administrator
C. Oversight Manager
D. Product Owner
3. Which Scrum artifact can be considered the ultimate measure of progress?
A. Offset/Gantt chart
B. product backlog
C. sprint backlog
D. sprint increment
4. The Scrum concept (named after a huddle in rugby) was introduced in a 1986 Harvard Business Review article (The New New Product Development Game) by what pair of authors?
A. Kotler and Drucker
B. Narver and Slater
C. Takeuchi and Nonaka
D. Kotter and Pennington
5. In terms of Scrum, what is a DoD document?
A. Distribution of Duties
B. Definition of Done
C. Detailed list of Drawbacks
D. Department of Defense
6. Which of the following can be described as a chart (usually publicly displayed) that shows the work remaining in a sprint backlog?
A. Spike chart
B. Velocity chart
C. Burn-up chart
D. Burndown chart
7. The continuous process of reviewing product backlog items is known as Backlog Refinement or:
8. The maximum time to schedule for a sprint review for a one month sprint should be:
A. Thirty minutes
B. Two hours
C. Four hours
D. Eight hours
9. Daily meetings held by the Scrum team to track progress are known as:
D. Daily Scrums
10. In terms of Scrum, what is a DoR document?
A. Daily observation Report
B. Division of Responsibility
C. Definition of Ready
D. Daily outage Report
11. What leadership style is the Scrum master to employ with the Scrum team?
12. Which of the following are the three pillars of Scrum?
A. Transparency, inspection, and adaptation
B. Motivation, commitment, and results
C. Concern, compromise, and tuning
D. Knowledge, drive, and focus
13. Who is invited/allowed to participate in the Daily Scrum?
A. Only the Scrum master and product owner
B. Only developers and the product owner
C. Only developers
D. Any interested party
14. Which of the following roles acts as a buffer between the team and anything that can distract them from their work?
A. Product owner
B. Scrum master
15. Which of the following is a story which cannot be estimated until the developing team runs a time-boxed investigation?
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1. B — Work is divided into goals and goals are to be finished within defined times that are known as sprints.
2. D — The Scrum team needs to include developers, a Scrum master, and a product owner.
3. D — The Scrum artifact associated with the ultimate measure of progress is the sprint increment.
4. C — Hirotaka Takeuchi and Ikujiro Nonaka were the authors of the HBR article that introduced the Scrum software development concept.
5. B — In terms of Scrum, a DoD document is a Definition of Done – this document defines the exit criteria.
6. D — A burndown chart is a chart (usually publicly displayed) that shows the work remaining in a sprint backlog.
7. A — The continuous process of reviewing product backlog items is known as Backlog Refinement or Grooming.
8. C — The maximum time to schedule for a sprint review for a one month sprint should be four hours.
9. D — Daily meetings held by the Scrum team to track progress are called Daily Scrums.
10. C — In terms of Scrum, a DoR document is a Definition of Ready – it outlines what inputs must be in place before the sprint can start.
11. B — The Scrum master serves as a servant leader for the Scrum team.
12. A — The three pillars of Scrum are: transparency, inspection, and adaptation.
13. C — Only developers are invited/allowed to participate in the Daily Scrum.
14. B — The Scrum master has many duties but one of their primary ones is to act as a buffer between the team and anything that can distract them from their work.
15. C — A spike is a story which cannot be estimated until the developing team runs a time-boxed investigation.