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What is the impact of assigning a user story to the current sprint before it is refined and “ready”?

  1. Refining the story has no impact on the sprint; it only impacts initial planning (such as Inception, Sprint Zero, or scoping)
  2. The team is not allowed to include and count the story points in the velocity burndown for the sprint
  3. The team won’t agree or have a common understanding, and the story point estimates will be unreliable
  4. If all user stories aren’t in a ready status, then deadlines will be missed

You Answered: D
Correct Answer: C

Refinement transforms a story from its initial “raw” state into one that is “ready” to be delivered in a sprint. During this process we do get a better understanding of the effort that will be involved, which might help us avoid missing deadlines. However, the most important benefit of refinement is gaining a common understanding of what is needed to successfully deliver a user story and meet our stakeholders’ needs.