PMP Q #40- Risk in Hybrid Project
Q40. A hybrid healthcare equipment project runs both an agile software track and a predictive electronic track. Halfway into the project, a new risk impacting both tracks was identified in the electronic track. What should the project manager do next?
A. Attend the daily stand-up of the agile team and inform them about the risk.
B. Recommend product owner to discuss and plan risk response in the Backlog Refinement.
C. Call a special meeting with the complete Agile team to discuss this risk.
D. Add this risk to the agenda of the upcoming retrospective meeting
Let’s explore each option one by one –
Option A – “Attend the daily stand-up of the agile team and inform them about the risk” – Attending the daily standup of the Agile team and informing them about the risk it’s a good idea if the risk impacts the current iteration. But if the impact is not on the current iteration, then no action comes out of that conversation. You probably need to handle it elsewhere instead of in a Daily standup meeting.
Option B – “Recommend product owner discuss the and plan risk response in the Backlog Refinement.” – Recommending the Product Owner discuss and plan risk response in the Backlog Refinement could be a good option to take care of the risk and its response in the Agile Track. However, before concluding, let’s see other options.
Option C – “Call a special meeting with the complete Agile team to discuss this risk“ – It is a good option only if you have an emergency. When the team is working on the current iteration, you should let the team work on it. There is no such indication of a crisis in the question, so you should not disturb the agile team in the current iteration.
Option D – “Add this risk to the agenda of the upcoming retrospective meeting” – Retrospective meetings help reflect on what processes the team can improve instead of executing some part of any process. You need a risk response plan for an identified risk in this question. So, there are better options than this because the retrospective meeting can primarily focus on how you missed identifying that risk. If you want to do that, the retrospective is an excellent place to talk – Like how you can improve the risk identification process. But you have an identified risk which needs to be analysed, and you need to see how to respond differently. Talking about it and waiting for a retrospective meeting to happen doesn’t seem to be a suitable choice
After looking at all the options, you can see that option B is the right choice – Recommend product owner discuss the and plan risk response in the Backlog Refinement.
Backlog refinement is a continuous activity, and the Product Owner can facilitate discovering an appropriate risk response plan for the identified risk.