Suggested Reading: Professional Scrum Master II
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We have gathered content on this page which we suggest you utilize when preparing for the PSM II. 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 II certification assessment is an advanced assessment and relies heavily on your own experience using scrum, and how you would apply Scrum in particular circumstances. While it is not required we recommend that before taking PSM II you have a passed PSM I and may find it beneficial to review the PSM I Suggested Reading page during your preparation.
Prior to taking the PSM II certification a great way to prepare is to attend a Professional Scrum Master II training course, taught by a Scrum.org Professional Scrum Trainer.
Where to begin
- Refresh your knowledge by visiting the PSM I Suggested Reading page.
- 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.
- Continue your Scrum Master journey with the Scrum Master Learning Path
- Read the material suggested in the next few sections of this page.
Blogs and Articles
- There is value in the Scrum values
- How to kickstart a great Scrum Team?
- The 10 commandments of egoless programming
- Scrum from the trenches - the Sprint Goal
- Liberating Structures: Unleash and Involve Everyone
- 14 stances of highly effective Product Owners
- The evolution of the Agile Manager
- The Scrum Master as the change agent
- Myth: The Scrum Master is a junior Agile Coach
Videos and Podcasts
- Adapt by Tim Harford
- Team of Teams by Stanley McChrystal
- Servant Leadership by Robert K. Greenleaf
- Scrum Mastery by Geoff Watts
- Coaching Agile Teams by Lyssa Adkins
- The Surprising Power of Liberating Structures by Henri Lipmanowizc and Keith McCandless
- The DevOps Handbook by Kim, Debois, Williz and Humble
- The Professional Product Owner by Don McGreal and Ralph Jocham
- The Product Samurai by Chris Lukassen
- Product Mastery by Geoff Watts
- Lean Change Management by Jason Little
- Reinventing Organizations by Frederic Laloux
- The Nexus Framework for Scaling Scrum by Kurt Bittner, Patricia Kong and Dave West
- Creating Great Teams by Sandy Mamoli and David Mole
- The Serving Leader: Five Powerful Actions to Transform Your Team, Business, and Community by Ken Jennings and John Stahl-Wert
- Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders by L. David Marquet
- 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.
- We also suggest that you 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
PSM II Assessment Categories
The information below outlines the categories from which the PSM II certification assessment questions are drawn.
Questions in this category cover Scrum theory includes time-boxing, and specific roles, rules, and artifacts. All elements of Scrum complement each other to form a consistent whole. All work is performed in Sprints. All base rules, events, and roles are described in the Scrum Guide, the acknowledged Scrum body of knowledge. Each part of Scrum ties back to the principles and theory.
This is foundational knowledge for every Scrum Team member and anyone involved with Scrum. Scrum Masters additionally know how to explain, teach, coach and facilitate the proper use of the Scrum framework. Scrum Masters assure the effective and consistent use of rules of Scrum, preventing them from falling apart.
|Scrum Theory and Principles||
Questions in this category test your understanding of Scrum theory, how it is founded on empirical theory, and the principles and values of Scrum. Scrum is founded on empirical process theory to deal with the complexity typical to software development. All principles and values of Scrum are based on the fundamental view of software development as creative and complex work.
Scrum Masters know how Scrum implements empiricism in software development. They explain how the Scrum principles tie back to the empirical nature of Scrum, and how they are fundamentally different from those of more traditional software development approaches.
|Cross-Functional, Self-Organizing Teams||
Questions in this category test your knowledge of how Scrum Teams are different from traditional development groups. The paradigm and nature of a cross-functional and self-organizing team promotes flexibility, creativity, and productivity. They choose how to best do their work and have all competencies needed to accomplish it without depending on others outside of the team.
Scrum Masters understand the people aspect of Scrum, how to work with people. Scrum Masters understand how Scrum Teams are formed. Scrum Masters have the tools and ideas to get Scrum teams going, guide them along the way and help them continuously self-develop to become successful through better collaboration.
|Coaching and Facilitation||
Questions in this category test your knowledge of how the behavior of Scrum Masters are very different from project managers or team leaders in traditional environments. Scrum Masters are servant-leaders who coach and facilitate teams and organizations in understanding and applying Scrum. Best techniques help teams and organizations discover what works best for them. They master several techniques for coaching, conversation, and facilitation in order to help people, teams, and organizations discover what works best for them.
Being a Scrum Master requires specific skills and traits. The overall behavior of a Scrum Master is very different from a project manager or team leader in a traditional environment.
|Done and Undone||Questions in this category test your knowledge of what it means to be "Done". A core purpose of Scrum is the creation of releasable, “Done” Increments of software by the end of every Sprint. The definition of “Done” provides transparency. “Done” Increments enable empiricism and agility|
|Maximizing Value||Questions in this category test your knowledge of the responsibilities of the Product Owner who is responsible for maximizing the value of the product and the work of the Development Team. There are different aspects to value; from having a definition for it to measuring it, and ways to optimize value.|
|Product Backlog Management||Questions in this category test your knowledge of how the Product Backlog is the single source of work that emerges for the product. Product Backlog management includes creating, clarifying and maintaining the Product Backlog to plan releases, report and capitalize on unforeseen business opportunities.|
|Scaling Fundamentals||Questions in this category test your knowledge of how to scale Scrum effectively. Scaling Scrum requires a firm understanding of the Scrum Framework and how it is founded on empirical theory. This includes an understanding of the Scrum principles and values, and a focus on technical excellence.|
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.