My PSK I Experience
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:
- Scrum Theory of empiricism.
- How you understand and apply scrum values
- How clear on the fact Kanban is to complement the Scrum and doesn’t change Scrum
- How well you understand workflow in Scrum context
- How well you can apply Kanban practice, Flow Matrices and Flow based event
- Understanding below matrices and elements will help in exam:
- Cycle time
- WIP limit
- Work Item Age
- Little’s Law
- Objective of Service level Expectation (SLE) and how to apply SLE
- CFDs and Cycle Time Scatterplots
- 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 Scrum.org https://www.scrum.org/resources/suggested-reading-professional-scrum-kanban site , I hope these tips may help for PSK aspirants.
Best of Luck
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
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 Scrum.org - 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
Congratulation, guys. And thanks for such useful tips.
thanks for the list but where to find all those documents ?
The documents are created from various blog and forum posts that relate to this sites suggested reading as well as others.
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!
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?
Sorry, I didn't get it... Where can these file be found?
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.
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.