Ways to learn about Scrum

Many of us have years of experience with Waterfall and command-and-control style software development processes. Old habits die hard after years of immersion. It takes study and hard work to build the Agile muscle memory needed to break those old habits. Here are some ways you can learn more about Scrum, and start to break free:


Understanding the Scrum framework is the beginning of applying Scrum successfully. Here are some ways to start building that understanding:


Build your Scrum muscle memory by engaging in discussions and practicing Scrum fundamentals with your team.

  • Practice Assessments
    • Take the Scrum Open Assessment until you are comfortable with the content. This assessment is much simpler than the PSM I assessment, but it will familiarize you with the types of questions asked on our other assessments. The Scrum Open assessment is a learning tool, and thus feedback is provided during the test.
    • If you are a developer, also take the Scrum Developer Open Assessment. This assessment looks at a number of software development practices and techniques that support building high-quality and high-value products in a Scrum Team. 
    • If you are responsible for maximizing the value of a product, take the Product Owner Open Assessment. This assessment helps strengthen knowledge on the role of the Product Owner in Scrum.
  • Apply Scrum in your workplace. As you do, stop to reflect on whether you’re taking advantage of all of the opportunities that the Scrum framework offers, or if you’re using ScrumBut.
  • Be conscious of your decisions as you adapt and evolve with projects complexity and team member's old habits. Think about why Scrum is structured the way it is, and how the Scrum framework differs from traditional management practices.


All Scrum.org assessments use the most recent version of the English Scrum Guide as the source for questions regarding the rules, artifacts, events, and roles of Scrum. However, reading the Scrum Guide alone is not enough for someone to pass a Professional Scrum Assessment. Questions often ask test-takers to interpret information and apply it to challenging situations, so knowledge gained from personal experience and other sources is typically needed.

Once you have solidified your Scrum knowledge and understanding, you're ready to validate it with an Assessment!