Last updated on 10/9/23
The Scrum Framework
- Understand the basics of working agile
You are a new Scrum Master in your company, and Rick, a line manager, asks you to have lunch. Over lunch, he asks you to help him ensure that the six Scrum Teams that work for him are all doing Scrum the same way. He wants to ensure that they are all following the rules and wants your help creating a Scrum playbook.
How would you respond to Rick’s request?Careful, there are several correct answers.
Agree with Rick that the Scrum rules should be followed and that a Scrum playbook is a good idea to ensure that all the Scrum Teams are working in a consistent and standard way.
Agree with Rick that the Scrum rules should be followed but explain that different Scrum Teams may do things differently, and that’s ok.
Discuss with Rick that if he has six Scrum Teams, he needs to implement one of the scaled Scrum approaches as those are required when many teams work together.
Ask Rick a few questions to understand why he is focused on all teams working in a consistent and standard way.
You are working with Rick again, and he has six Scrum Teams. Unfortunately, his budget is a bit tight this year, so he informs you, the resident Scrum expert, that he will hire two new Scrum Masters to handle the six teams (three each).
How do you respond?Careful, there are several correct answers.
Explain to Rick that Scrum requires a Scrum Master be dedicated to each Scrum Team. He should hire six Scrum Masters to ensure that the Scrum rules are followed.
Advise Rick that Scrum Masters can also be Developers, so he should hire two Scrum Masters and then select four Developers, one per team, to fill the Scrum Master role in each of the other Scrum Teams.
Discuss with Rick that two new Scrum Masters to the company, while acceptable per the Scrum Guide, may not be advised as they will be new and serving many teams. It could impact the Scrum Teams effectiveness.
Suggest that Rick speak with all six teams and explain the budget limitations and the need for Scrum Masters to see what input they have on how to solve the problem.
Yangling is a key stakeholder of your Scrum Team, and she pulls you aside just before the Sprint Review. She explains that her boss and a key customer will attend the Sprint Review, and she asks if you will be demonstrating the new shopping cart feature. When you explain that the team isn’t done with it yet, she urges you to show it anyway so that the company doesn’t look bad to a key customer.
What should you do?Careful, there are several correct answers.
Explain to Yangling that you can only show done work at a Sprint Review, and since the work isn’t done, it wouldn’t be discussed.
Bring Yangling’s request and the information about the new attendees to the Product Owner so that they can help find a solution.
Work with Mark, the lead developer, to show the new shopping cart on his laptop at the Sprint Review as he’s been working on it and can best demonstrate it.
Call Yangling’s boss and explain that outside participants are not allowed at a Sprint Review.