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My PSK I Experience

Last post 11:27 am April 24, 2022 by DEEPAK SUBRAMANIYAM
9 replies
05:38 pm August 13, 2019

Hello All,

I shared these tips in one of the PSK I forum post comments earlier but sharing again, these might help the PSK I aspirants 

I passed PSK in my first attempt. I didn’t take any course or read any specific book mentioned in reading section. I believe my experience and in-depth understanding of scrum was my main strength in exam. I really admire exam quality due to tough sense.

 To share my experience, exam is based on practical/ real-life scenarios. Maximum questions are based on day to day practice scenarios for Scrum and Kanban practices. So most comprehensive tool to pass exam is your experience and how well you understand Scrum 😊

In my view this exam is real test for your practical knowledge of Scrum and how good understanding and practical knowledge you have about below area:

  1. Scrum Theory of empiricism.
  2. How you understand and apply scrum values 
  3. How clear on the fact Kanban is to complement the Scrum and doesn’t change Scrum 
  4. How well you understand workflow in Scrum context
  5. How well you can apply Kanban practice, Flow Matrices and Flow based event
  6. Understanding below matrices and elements will help in exam:
    • Cycle time
    • WIP
    • Throughput
    • WIP limit
    • Work Item Age
    • Little’s Law
    • Objective of Service level Expectation (SLE) and how to apply SLE
    • CFDs and Cycle Time Scatterplots  
  7. Below resources are good help to prepare for exam
    • The Scrum Guide and the Kanban Guide for Scrum Teams
    • BLOGS written by Daniel S. Vacanti and Yuval Yeret
    • Actionable Agile-Metrics-for-Predictability by Daniel S. Vacanti
    • Little's law and predictability - Daniel Vacanti
  • Note: Keep track of time during exam, as you may run out of time, options mentioned for questions are close and you need to go with the best option selection 😊

Remember, Exam is tough but is passable if you have PSK experience or gone through the mentioned PSK subject area topics and Blogs at site , I hope these tips may help for PSK aspirants.

Best of Luck

Sunil Gulia

08:17 am January 22, 2021

I passed the PSK1 assessment this morning. 

Overall, I found it more difficult than the PSM1 assessment, due to how some of the questions relating to metrics were worded. 

I started studying for PSK1 right after passing PSM1 earlier this month. 

I did not attend any type of PSK training, and nor did I read any of the books that were suggested. 

What I did do was read all PSK related forum posts, blogs, listened to PSK podcats and viewed PSK videos that were part of the suggested reading list and also some that weren't, including other websites. 

Below is the list of material I accumulated: 

01_Scrum and Kanban stronger together .docx                                               
02_A Kanban primer for Scrum Teams.docx                                                   
03_A Scrum primer for Kanban teams.docx                                                   
04_What Scrum Gets Wrong about Kanban and What Kanban Gets Wrong About Scrum .docx        
05_Scrum with Kanban It's time to cross the bridge.docx                                   
4 Key Flow Metrics and how to use them in Scrum's events.docx                             
Can Kanban and Scrum Work Together .docx                                                  
Concept of Batch Size in Scrum with Kanban.docx                                           
Essential Kanban Condensed.docx                                                           
Getting to 85 – Agile Metrics with ActionableAgile.docx                                   
Kanban Service Level Expectations and how to use them in Scrum .docx                      
Limiting Work in Progress (WIP) in Scrum with Kanban - What  When  Who  How.docx          
Little’s Law and CFDs.docx                                                                
Little’s Law for Professional Scrum with Kanban.pdf                                       
Probabilistic Forecasting.docx                                                            
Professional Scrum with Kanban (PSK) - Don't just limit WIP - optimize it! .docx          
PSK_prep_advice.docx (collated from various forum posts)                                                                    
Q&A with Dave West, CEO and Product Owner at - Kanban Guide for Scrum Teams.docx
Scrum and Kanban Make your teams better by busting common myths.pdf                       
Scrum and Kanban stronger together .docx                                                  
Scrum Sprint Commitment Rant.docx                                                         
Scrum with Kanban - building bridges not walls.docx                                       
Scrum with Kanban How to Improve Your Sprints.docx                                        
So what IS Scrumban.docx                                                                  
The Journey of Merging Scrum with Kanban in My Context .docx                              
The Scrum Sprint Forecast as an Expectation.docx                                          
Throughput-Driven Sprint Planning.docx                                                    
Understanding the Kanban Guide for Scrum Teams.docx                                       
What is Scrumban.docx

03:25 pm January 25, 2021

Congratulation, guys. And thanks for such useful tips.

10:48 am February 5, 2021

Hi Scott,

thanks for the list but where to find all those documents ?


04:40 am February 7, 2021

The documents are created from various blog and forum posts that relate to this sites suggested reading as well as others.

12:53 pm February 7, 2021

Hi Scott, thanks for again for listing them all, but I searched for three or four entries and ended up at exactly this blog entry, i.e. at your list, not where it come from or where I can find it. So that doesn't really help me although I can't expect you to put the actual sites behind each material - would cost you days.

Thanks anyway and Congratulations for making it!


06:31 pm February 8, 2021

@Michael Schuetz,

Some articles on this site contain links to articles from other sites, which may explain why you can find them when searching this site. 

The material is ~50MB, so if you have somewhere I can upload it to you can have it? 

12:17 pm May 31, 2021

Sorry, I didn't get it... Where can these file be found?

06:37 am June 1, 2021

Some of the articles are related to this sites PSK suggested reading, including articles that are linked within them. 

Other are from articles found in this site by searching for PSK. 

Other articles were found via search engines. 

01:24 am April 24, 2022

I cleared the PSK certification this morning with 93% score. As many of you have mentioned, the exam purely revolves around the Kanban guide for scrum teams and all the blogs under the recommended reading section.

Some of the questions are extremely tricky and the key is to read the questions over and over again to choose the best answer. There is no need to read the Actionable metrics book from an exam perspective though it will certainly help from a learning perspective. 

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