In this Q&A session, we will be exploring some fundamental concepts related to agile methodologies used in software development. Agile is an iterative and incremental approach to software development that emphasizes adaptability, collaboration, and customer satisfaction. The questions cover a range of topics, including agile team composition, user stories, prioritization of work, sprints, the Agile Manifesto, and the cone of uncertainty. Let’s dive in and explore these concepts in more detail.
QUESTION 1. On an agile team it’s usually better to have a team of generalists than one of specialists. True False
Answer : False
QUESTION 2. What’s the best definition of an agile team?
A. It’s a team that follows all the practices that are laid out in the Agile Manifesto
B. It’s a team that embraces a mindset that’s consistent with the Agile Manifesto
C. It’s a team that always delivers working software
D. It’s a team that values both individual interactions and detailed plans
Answer : B. It’s a team that embraces a mindset that’s consistent with the Agile Manifesto
QUESTION 3. User stories encourage the team to have a conversation
about the product. What’s one of the main benefits to this approach?
A. These conversations will help the team develop requirements documents from the stories
B. Sometimes these conversations lead to better strategies about the product
C. These conversations help the team become more cross-functional
D. Conversations between the product owner and the team are a great way to build team culture
Answer : B. Sometimes these conversations lead to better strategies about the product
QUESTION 4. You’re just starting out as a product owner for an agile
team. The first week a project manager gives you a bulleted list of
project requirements. She says, “why don’t you copy this into a
spreadsheet, and then we’ll use it for the product backlog?” This is a
good example of:
A. Using an agile mindset to increase overall efficiency
B. Approaching agile as a set of practices instead of a new way of thinking about your product
C. Converting existing practices into something that’s consistent with an agile mindset
D. Collaborating with your customer to write user stories
Answer : B. Approaching agile as a set of practices instead of a new way of thinking about your product
QUESTION 5. Principles 1, 8, 9 and 10 of the Agile Manifesto describe
prioritizing high-value work. What’s a common way that agile teams
prioritize their work?
A. They prioritize the work that would be the easiest to develo
B. They create detailed project requirements
C. They create a ranked list of what the customer finds valuable
D. They meet with the customer to plan out everything in the product before they start working.
Answer : C. They create a ranked list of what the customer finds valuable.
QUESTION 6. Agile teams often work in two-week “Sprints.” What’s one
of the main justifications for having such a short iteration of work?
A. A short Sprint helps the team develop smaller batches of work
B. A Sprint allows developers to write software much more quickly
C. A Sprint allows more developers to work on the product
D. These Sprints help the team multitask.
Answer 6: A. A short Sprint helps the team develop smaller batches of work.
QUESTION 7. What’s the point of the penny game?
It helps show that if a team is good at multitasking, then they can be much more productive
It helps show that what’s productive for an individual is usually less productive for the whole team I
t helps show that teams that can communicate and collaborate are always better than ones that can’t
It helps show that individual productivity is the key to making sure that the team delivers effectively.
Answer : It helps show that what’s productive for an individual is usually less productive for the whole team
QUESTION 8. In a meeting, your managing director passes out a copy of
the Agile Manifesto. They said that agile teams are better at developing
software. So you should read the printout and then work together as an
agile team. What’s one of the challenges with this approach?
A. The Scrum Master should be the one who distributes the manifesto
B. There wasn’t a customer in the room to collaborate on the product
C. It’s clear that the managing director will never give up upfront planning
D. The Agile Manifesto describes a mindset and not a practical way of working 10 points.
Answer : D. The Agile Manifesto describes a mindset and not a practical way of working.
QUESTION 9. What’s the best way to describe the cone of uncertainty?
A. Don’t ever try to make decisions when you have a lot of uncertainty
B. It’s easier to make changes when you’re closer to the finishing
C. You don’t have to worry about the consequences if you make good decisions with the information you have
D. You must make decisions early when you know the least about how things will turn out.
Answer : B. It’s easier to make changes when you’re closer to the finishing
In this Q&A session, we covered a variety of topics related to agile methodology. We started by discussing the advantages of having a team of generalists over specialists in an agile team. Then we looked at the definition of an agile team and discussed the importance of adopting an agile mindset. We also explored the benefits of user stories and the importance of having conversations about the product.
Next, we talked about some common challenges that arise when trying to adopt agile practices, such as the importance of prioritizing high-value work and the benefits of working in short iterations or “Sprints.” We also looked at the cone of uncertainty and discussed its significance in agile methodology.
Finally, we explored the penny game and how it demonstrates the importance of collaboration and communication in agile teams. Overall, this Q&A provides a comprehensive overview of key concepts and practices in agile methodology.