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PMP Q #3 – Manage Scope – Validate Scope

Q3. You are briefing about the agile approach your project is following in the Project Kick-Off Meeting; the marketing business head asked how the project will validate scope; Which of the following is true about validating scope in agile?

A. The agile way of working does not require validating scope.
B. In the agile team does the scope validation.
C. Agile teams use retrospective meetings for validating scope.
D. Agile teams use iteration review meetings for validating scope.

Let’s first see which options came out as the wrong options –

Option B – “The agile team does scope validation” – is incorrect because it confuses validation with verification. Verification ensures that the work adheres to the specifications, which is what the team does. However, validation is about confirming that the completed work fulfills its intended purpose, which is a task for Business Owners. In Agile, stakeholders and product owners review the product to verify that it meets the intended requirements, thus performing validation

Upon reviewing option B, it’s clear that option A is incorrect. Solution validation must occur regardless of the project approach used, be it traditional (predictive) or Agile. Validation ensures that the solution truly meets the business needs and delivers value, and it is not dependent on the project management framework employed

Let’s look at options C and D now –

Option C says – We do scope validation in the retrospective meeting. But a retrospective meeting is more like an audit, reflection, or continuous improvement meeting. It is not a meeting where you interact with the stakeholders or business representatives. The idea of validation is –

You take your product to the business or the end-users and take their feedback or acceptance of it. Stakeholders may acknowledge some part of it and accept it for use. If they have some feedback, they provide it as input which you consider. You add those inputs to your product backlog, refine them as per prioritization, and do it as per priority. 

So out of the available options in this particular case –

We can pick option D because other options target something else rather than validating scope in the agile context. 

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