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; leaders are increasingly focused on how they can help their organizations become more agile. The PAL I assessment includes questions from the following Focus Areas as defined in the Professional Scrum Competencies.
- Understanding and Applying the Scrum Framework:
- Empiricism, Scrum Values, Roles, Events.
- Developing People and Teams:
- Self-Organizing Teams, Facilitation, Leadership Styles.
- Managing Products with Agility:
- Forecasting & Release Planning, Product Value, Stakeholders & Customers.
- Developing and Delivering Products Professionally:
- Emergent Software Development, Continuous Quality.
- Evolving the Agile Organization:
- Organizational Design and Culture, Evidence-Based Management.
This assessment will challenge your thinking; if you are not working from a servant-leadership mindset, and are not prepared to place a high level of trust in the hands of those you lead, you will likely struggle to pass the PAL I assessment. Below 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.
- Study the resources on the Agile Leader Learning Path.
- 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
- Management 3.0: Leading Agile Developers, Developing Agile Leaders by Jurgen Appelo
- Good to Great by Jim Collins
- The Serving Leader: Five Powerful Actions to Transform Your Team, Business, and Community by Ken Jennings and John Stahl-Wert
- Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace
- 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.
Additional Reading Material for Agile Leaders
Blogs and Articles:
- Managing for Happiness: Games, Tools, and Practices to Motivate Any Team by Jurgen Appelo
- 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
- The Greater Goal: Connecting Purpose and Performance by Ken Jennings and Heather Hyde
- The Ideal Team Player by Patrick Lencioni
- Reinventing Organizations by Frederic Laloux
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!