PSPO I Assessment

Last post 10:49 am December 11, 2015
by Venkatesh Rajamani
13 replies
12:49 pm November 16, 2013


I did the PSPO I assessment today and marginally failed it.

Two questions:

a) There was a question about Burndown charts "if it is part of scrum or necessary in scrum". The instructor in my training said, that it is not necessary. What is the right answer?

b) When die DT selected to many Product Backlog Items to do in one sprint and wants to discuss the situation. Who has to be in the meeting?

Here my feedback on the assessment:

I am a bit irritated about the feedback after the assessment. I did the PSM and the PSPO training, I reviewed the training material and the scrum guide and I read the forum questions. Without a little bit more detailed feedback (e.g. which field was ok. which not) I don't now, where I have to deepen my knowledge about scrum.

That means, I can't inspect and adapt my process due to a lack of transparency. I is a shame these core elements of the scrum framework doesn't fit with the assessment.

At the moment I am not sure if it makes any sense to do the assessment for another $100 again.


02:18 pm November 16, 2013

1) It is not necessary, Scrum doesn't mandate the tool for visualising remaining work, it can be cumulative diagram or burnup chart or just as simple as Scrum Board
2) The Development Team and Product Owner

I would advise to immense yourself into the Scrum Guide and read it and understand really well. You can find lots of valuable tips here on forum. These 2 questions are easy and answers should have come naturally from reading Scrum Guide.

02:33 pm November 16, 2013

thanks for your answer. Now I know that I gave the right answers. As I said, I read a lot and I had trainings. But without a bit more detailed feedback, I don't know who to go on. Its a bit like a lottery.

04:36 pm November 16, 2013

One further suggestion: you might do the PSM Open Assessment until you consistently get 100%. There should be at least some relevance to the PSPO questions in content and/or format. It can't do any harm.

11:00 pm November 17, 2013

One broad comment for anyone considering certifications and feedback....

The feedback doesn't always address specific questions. Rather, the Support team (from my personal experience alone) gives pointers to areas.

So, while the 2 questions above may be specific, there could be other questions worded differently to ensure the concept is well understood.

I took the PSPO assessment about a year ago and requested feedback. I do not know whether there is instant feedback provided now, immediately after the assessment.

04:10 am November 25, 2013

For question 1, my reading is that you need complete transparency, whatever devices you use.

For question 2, DT + PO is the immediate answer to me

11:18 am December 7, 2015

I have a question. It is said there should be only one product owner at any case. Perhaps per team. In a Scaled Scrum team working on single.product backlog.. Multiple teams would be there.. Say more than 5 teams. In this case what is preferred

1. Only one product owner working with all the Dev teams or

2. One chief Product owner and multiple product owner per team?

This seems to be tricky as two prescribed books for PO assessment seems contradictory.

11:27 am December 7, 2015

P.O. is always one person, no such concept of chief P.O. and his assistant P.O.s etc.

Scrum says there will be only one P.O. from/for one customer, it's completely irrespective of the multiple Dev teams or single. Makes sense?

01:43 pm December 7, 2015


The Scrum Guide is very clear that the PO is one person. In all cases where outside books (even those part of the PO subject areas) disagree with the Scrum Guide, the Scrum Guide should be considered the "source of record" or official definition/body of knowledge for Scrum.

Off topic from PSPO I (which doesn't cover much of scaling):
Having said that, the most credible Scrum frameworks mention an upper limit of about 8-9 teams for a single Product/Product Owner.

01:44 pm December 7, 2015

Also, for some PSPO I study tips, see:

09:52 am December 9, 2015

Yup. I agree but PSPO subject areas suggested books spells out differently . let us consider the product is very big and there are 10/Scrum teams working on. How will the PO time be utilised in scaling environment.

09:54 am December 9, 2015

Thanks Charles yup I did refer all pspo1 tips from the link provided

03:31 pm December 9, 2015

Each product must have exactly one Product Owner. The PO may work with up to 9 Development Teams for that product. The owner of a product may change, but the person who is fulfilling the role of PO must be absolutely clear to the Development Team(s) at all times.

For complicated products the following rules apply:

In a situation where there is a composite product consisting of X products, there may be between 1 and X+1 Product Owners at any one time. In other words, the owner of a composite product may delegate some or all responsibilities to owners of constituent products. However, the owner of the composite product will remain accountable for the value of the product as a whole.

To count as a separate product, each element of a composite product must be discretely releasable in its own right, and provide clear and independent value to the owner.

To count as a separate product, a composite product must also be releasable in its own right following the integration of its elements, and this must also provide clear value to the owner. A composite product may integrate the work of no more than 9 teams.

10:49 am December 11, 2015

Thank you. I have given an exam and cleared PSPO I.. Thanks