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84% on PSM 1

Last post 04:18 am January 9, 2014 by VS Chandra Mouli Silaboyina
7 replies
06:00 pm January 7, 2014

I just sat the PSM 1 exam and failed by one point.

I am not usually working in the computing/software field, however a lot of Scrum framework can be used in my field.

The problem I have is that I am unable to identify exactly where my knowledge gap lays, I definitely need to look at burndown charts a bit more, but any advice from forum members would be much appreciated.

Dave Lochead

09:40 am January 8, 2014

Hi Dave,

Read it and tell me if this helps.


10:23 am January 8, 2014

Burndown charts? They were removed from the scrum guide for several versions but maybe the assessments are not updated as frequently. If it's any help I'd recommend reading some of the basic scrum books out there. Anything by Ken Schwaber is good, Knibergs "scrum from the trenches". Use these forums and others to discuss things that you have questions about. When readingthe scrum guide, stop and reflect on what is being said about the roles, ceremonies, artifacts etc. Although not strictly necessary I also recommend taking the PSM course. I wish there were a PSM II course as well 8-)

12:33 pm January 8, 2014

> any advice from forum members would be much appreciated. 

You don't mention having taken the PSM Open Assessment. You should do so repeatedly until you score 100% each and every time without fail.

My advice is don't even think about taking the exam until you can do that. Anything less indicates a lack of sufficient familiarity with Scrum or the exam format, and suggests that you should consider yourself not ready.

02:09 am January 9, 2014

Thanks Ian,
I was managing 100% regularly with the open before i sat the PSM1.

The areas that threw me were the ones not covered in the open, plus some questions that are situational, ie, one answer may be correct for scrum, however another answer would be the way I would perform in that situation.

More study is clearly required

02:14 am January 9, 2014

Thanks for the advice, and yes, there were a couple of questions on burndown charting, so I am immerising myself in that at the moment, which is quite different to the usualbackward planning /critical path that we usually use.

I PSM course at the moment isnt on the cards unfortunately.

03:34 am January 9, 2014

Remember that burndowns provide information about the likely remaining work. They don't show what has been delivered, as that is represented by product increments.