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Preparing for Professional Scrum Product Backlog Management Skills™

The Professional Scrum Product Backlog Management Skills test includes questions that test for an understanding of Scrum and how to effectively manage a Product Backlog which is both transparent and focused on value.

This includes techniques for capturing customer needs, refining the Product Backlog, managing stakeholder expectations, and using empiricism for a competitive advantage.

Questions on the test fall into three categories within Product Backlog Management;

  • The Product Backlog
  • Product Backlog Management
  • Stakeholders

Prior to taking the Professional Scrum Product Backlog Management Skills certification, a great way to prepare is to attend a Professional Scrum Product Backlog Management Skills training course taught by a Professional Scrum Trainer. The course alone may not be sufficient for everyone to pass PSPBM Skills however, the resources listed on this page will help you to prepare.

How to prepare for the test

  • Reacquaint yourself with the Scrum Guide as it pertains to the outcomes of Scrum events. While having earned your Professional Scrum Master I (PSM I) or Professional Scrum Product Owner I (PSPO I) is not required to take PSPBM Skills, it is strongly recommended as you will need a strong Scrum foundation to perform well. 
  • If you are new to Product Ownership, you are on a Scrum Team but not a Product Owner, or it has been a long time since you earned your PSPO I; consider refreshing your knowledge by practicing with the Product Owner Open and perhaps even consider practicing with the Scrum Open
  • Study the following topics and the resources they provide:
Learning Series
The Product Backlog represents all of the work the Scrum Team knows it needs to do in order to deliver the product. Teams can use the Product Backlog to make decisions about what they should do next. Learn about the Product Backlog, Product Goal, Product Backlog items and Product Backlog refinement.
Learning Series
Product Backlog Management is the act of adjusting and ordering items on the Product Backlog so that the Scrum Team can deliver the most valuable product possible. This learning series explores Product Backlog Management.
Learning Series
Scrum encourages frequent collaboration with stakeholders, and customers in particular. Understanding how to identify and learn about the challenges that key stakeholders face will help the Scrum Team better deliver the value they are seeking.