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Suggested Reading: Professional Scrum Master™ II

Prove Your Advanced Knowledge of Scrum and the Scrum Master Accountabilities

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 additional resources not mentioned on this page helpful, along with the application of your own experience using Scrum.

The PSM II certification is advanced 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 for PSM II.

PSM II includes questions from the following Focus Areas as defined in the Professional Scrum Competencies.

Prior to taking the PSM II certification a great way to prepare is to attend a Professional Scrum Master Advanced Training course, taught by a 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.
  • Valuable series of articles, blogs, videos and more that pertain to the 2020 version of the Scrum Guide released on November 18, 2020.
  • Read the material suggested in the next few sections of this page.

Blogs and Articles

Videos and Podcasts



  • 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 accountabilities 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 Forum discussions.
  • View the 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.

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