Suggested Reading for Professional Scrum Master™
Achieve Success Through Servant Leadership
We have gathered content on this page which we suggest you utilize when preparing for the PSM I. These are suggested resources, and you may find resources not mentioned on this page helpful, along with application of your own experience using Scrum. The PSM I certification assessment focuses primarily on validating your understanding of Scrum as defined in the Scrum Guide as well as understanding the fundamentals behind servant leadership.
Prior to taking the PSM I certification a great way to prepare is to attend a Professional Scrum Master training course, taught by a Scrum.org Professional Scrum Trainer.
The PSM 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, Artifacts, Done.
- Developing People and Teams:
- Self-Organizing Teams, Facilitation, Leadership Styles, Coaching and Mentoring.
- Managing Products with Agility:
- Forecasting & Release Planning, Product Value, Product Backlog Management, Stakeholders & Customers.
- Developing and Delivering Products Professionally:
- Managing Technical Risk.
- Evolving the Agile Organization:
- Organizational Design and Culture.
Where to begin
- Become very familiar with the Scrum Guide.
- Practice walking someone through the Scrum framework.
- Study from the Scrum Master journey with the Scrum Master Learning Path.
- Know which agile practices you may have seen or used that are NOT part of the Scrum framework. Teams need to pull in the complementary practices that fit their ever-changing needs, but it is important to know what is and is not required by Scrum.
- Take the Scrum Open Assessment to get a baseline of your knowledge and take it again until you are comfortable with the content. The Scrum Open assessment is a learning tool, and thus feedback is provided during the test.
- Read the material suggested in the next few sections of this page.
Blogs and Articles
Scrum Values (Download the Poster)
- Roles in Scrum
- The 8 stances of a Scrum Master
- A day in the life of a Scrum Master
- Evolution of the Product Owner
- Evolution of the Scrum Master
- Evolution of the Development Team
- 5 Powerful things about the Sprint
- Getting to Done: Creating good Sprint Goals
- Scrum Myth: The Scrum Master must be present during the Daily Scrum
- Sprint Review: Much more than a demo
- 11 ideas to spice up your Sprint Retrospective
Videos and Podcasts
- Scrum: A Pocket Guide by Gunther Verheyen
- Software in 30 days by Ken Schwaber
- Scrum Insights for Practitioners: The Scrum Guide Companion by Hiren Doshi
- Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Jocko Willink
- 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.
- You may also find it valuable to take the Scrum Developer Open Assessment and the Product Owner Open Assessment as a way to gain additional perspective on the other roles of a Scrum Team.
- Apply Scrum in your workplace. As you do, stop to reflect on whether you’re taking advantage of all 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.
Additional Scrum Resources
- 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.
- Build your Scrum muscle memory by engaging in discussions and practicing Scrum fundamentals with your team.