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Passed PSD 1 with 94 Score

Last post 06:17 pm October 20, 2021 by mike solarnick
6 replies
06:15 am July 15, 2015

I just missed and passed my PSD 1 on this Sunday. 

In the Sunday morning, I do my first try for PSD 1 with 83.8%.
Yes, 83.8%, 71 points out of 80 maximum points.
One more point I would Pass.

I’ve more than 20 years of coding experiences and several years of SCRUM team experiences. I’ve got MCSD Certification since 1999. I think it is a piece of cake to pass PSD 1 assessment after I passed PSM 1.

As I'm not a native English speaker, I am not familiar with several terms specific to software development teams using Scrum. Sometime, I did not know what the question ask. I tried to study several terms appeared in the test and make myself cool down.

After 2 hours later, I passed my PSD 1 with 93.8%.

For developers who are preparing your PSD 1 assessment, the following papers will help you understanding some Scrum’s practices about Application Life Management.

Agile Principles and Values, by Jeff Sutherland

Done and Undone

Building and Managing the Product Backlog



Sprint Planning

Effective Sprint Retrospectives

Distributed Scrum

Application Analytics: What Every Developer Should Know

Exploratory Software Testing

Just for your reference.

PS: I told to my son, “WTF” means “Win The Faceoff ”

03:22 pm July 17, 2015

That's Awesome!

Thanks for the references, seems like the PSD 1 was based on Microsoft's ALM knowledgebase.

Would you mind putting together a Study Tips post similar to Charles' PSM1 Study Tips?

02:42 am July 18, 2015

Posted By Ryan Key on 17 Jul 2015 03:22 PM
Thanks for the references, seems like the PSD 1 was based on Microsoft's ALM knowledgebase.

Yes and No.
It is more likely “MSF for agile software development is based on Scrum” than “PSD 1 was based on Microsoft's ALM knowledgebase”.

My strategy is very simple and only suitable for developers.
PSD1 = PSM1 + Development skills and knowledge
If you have not passed PSM 1, attempt PSM 1 first.
If you have passed PSM 1, the following tips will help you to pass PSD 1.

1. Make sure you understand the terms list in
Not just “know” but “Understand”.
Wiki will be your good coach.

2. Read the whitepaper as mentioned. Those will help you build deeper concepts about ALM practices of Scrum team.

3. DEEP UNDERSTANDING about the two subject areas: Testing and Quality. .

Highlight again:

Just for your reference.

03:46 pm January 3, 2017

Thank Ching-Pei's guideline.
I just passed the PSD 1 with 89 score. A little lower than I expected.

Some comments:
* The Open assessment is important, even there are several (similar) questions in real assessment
* I lost some points in the Documentation. there is no such info in the Scrum or PSD glossary. So besides the testing/quality, documentation also needs more preparation.
* Scrum knowledge is important, i.e. you have to prepare the PSM knowledge as well

Just FYI.

06:25 am October 17, 2021

I passed the PSD exam today after reviewing the material mentioned in this sites PSD learning path, as well as additional blogs and forum posts (especially this one). 

I found it quite a tough exam exam as I am not a developer, and just wanted to learn what the developers in a scrum team should be doing. 

02:24 pm October 17, 2021

Having been a software developer in a scrum team for over 10 years, taking on several roles, and being responsible for the infrastructure (laptops, servers, devops), I found it a tough exam.

But, I think it is good for developers to be learning for the certification, if not passing the assessment, because they'll learn important things.

08:55 am October 20, 2021

Thanks for this solution!

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