Suggested Reading for Professional Agile Leadership
Delivering products is complex work and for more than 20 years, people have been using Scrum to do so, and leaders are increasingly focused on how they can help their organizations become more agile. Here are some resources for learning more about Professional Agile Leadership and preparing for the Professional Agile Leadership I (PAL I) certification assessment.
Preparing for PAL I
- Begin by reading this blog about Scrum Values by Gunther Verheyen.
- Study the Scrum Guide.
- Take the Agile Leadership Open assessment.
- Professional Agile Leadership Essentials training
Blogs and Articles:
- 5 Agile Leadership-tips for creating mature Scrum Teams
- 5 Metaphors to Explore the Value of Scrum Values
- 4 Ways to Coach with the Scrum Values
- What’s Driving Your Need For Agility?
Videos and Podcasts:
- Accelerate! The Evolution of the 21st Century Organization by John P. Kotter
- Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink
- Managing for Happiness: Games, Tools, and Practices to motivate any Team by Jurgen Appelo
- Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace
- Management 3.0: Leading Agile Developers, Developing Agile Leaders by Jurgen Appelo
- Familiarize yourself with the Scrum glossary.
- Read articles on our Blog, written by our expert Professional Scrum Trainers.
- Join the Scrum.org Forum discussions.
- View the Scrum.org Resources page.
- View the What is Scrum Resource page.
PAL I Assessment Subject Areas
|Why Scrum||Questions in this category evaluate your knowledge of the reasoning behind employing Agile and the Scrum Framework to address complex software development problems using an empirical process for Agile product development.|
|Understanding People & Teams||Questions in this category evaluate your knowledge of what Agile leaders must do to create conditions that enable people to do their best work collaborating with others in teams.|
|The Scrum Framework||Questions in this category evaluate your knowledge of the Scrum Framework including the three roles, five events, and three artifacts, as well as additional related concepts described in the Scrum Guide.|
|Scaling||Questions in this category evaluate your knowledge of using agile practices across an organization, reducing cross-team dependencies while also growing agile values.|
|Professional Software Development||Questions in this category evaluate your knowledge of core concepts for developing software in a professional way, which emphasizes transparency, quality, and collaboration.|
|Planning & Delivery||Questions in this category evaluate your knowledge of planning and delivery in an Agile/Scrum environment. It covers topics such as how to estimate, plan, and deliver products in an iterative and incremental way in order to more effectively manage complexity and change.|
|Organization||Questions in this category evaluate your knowledge of concepts for enabling business agility and Scrum in organizations to promote iterative and incremental value-focused change. This includes understanding and evolving culture, and addressing processes and structures in the organization.|
|Growing People & Teams||Questions in this category evaluate your knowledge of concepts for helping individuals and teams to learn and evolve their mindset, knowledge, and skills. This growth helps people and teams push their own limits, challenge the status quo, and collaborate more effectively in order to produce more valuable outcomes and adapt quickly and effectively in complex and unpredictable situations.|
|Agile Product Management||Questions in this category evaluate your knowledge of the intersection of product management and Scrum product ownership. It addresses ways to define, deliver, and measure value in order to enable greater business agility.|
Additional Reading Material for Agile Leaders
Blogs and Articles:
- Mastering Leadership by Robert J. Anderson and William A. Adams
- The Responsibility Process:Unlocking Your Natural Ability to Live and Lead with Power by Christopher Avery
- Reinventing Organizations by Frederic Laloux
- The Greater Goal: Connecting Purpose and Performance by Ken Jennings and Heather Hyde
- Leading Change by John P. Kotter
- The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni
Build your Scrum muscle memory by engaging in discussions and practicing Scrum fundamentals with your team.
- Practice Assessments
- Take the Agile Leadership Open assessment until you are comfortable with the content. Feedback will be provided on the Open, but not on the certification assessment.
- Take the Scrum Open Assessment until you are comfortable with the content. The Scrum Open assessment is a learning tool, and thus feedback is provided during the test.
- If you are a developer, also take the Scrum Developer Open Assessment. This assessment looks at a number of software development practices and techniques that support building high-quality and high-value products in a Scrum Team.
- If you are responsible for maximizing the value of a product, take the Product Owner Open Assessment. This assessment helps strengthen knowledge on the role of the Product Owner in Scrum.
- Apply Scrum in your workplace. As you do, stop to reflect on whether you’re taking advantage of all of the opportunities that the Scrum framework offers, or if you’re using ScrumBut.
- Be conscious of your decisions as you adapt and evolve with projects complexity and team member's old habits. Think about why Scrum is structured the way it is, and how the Scrum framework differs from traditional management practices.
All Scrum.org assessments use the most recent version of the English Scrum Guide as the source for questions regarding the rules, artifacts, events, and roles of Scrum. However, reading the Scrum Guide alone is not enough for someone to pass a Professional Scrum Assessment. Questions often ask test-takers to interpret information and apply it to challenging situations, so knowledge gained from personal experience and other sources is typically needed.
Once you have solidified your Scrum knowledge and understanding, you're ready to validate it with an Assessment!