Suggested Reading for Professional Scrum with User Experience™
We have gathered content on this page which we suggest you utilize when preparing for the PSU 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 PSU I certification assessment focuses primarily on validating that you have a fundamental level of understanding about how to integrate modern UX practices into Scrum and to work effectively within Scrum Teams.
Prior to taking the PSU I certification a great way to prepare is to attend a Professional Scrum with User Experience training course, taught by a Scrum.org Professional Scrum Trainer.
The PSU 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 (Cross-Functional) Teams - Including UX.
- Managing Products with Agility:
- Product Value, Product Backlog Management, Stakeholders & Customers, Work Management with UX.
- Complementary Practices:
- Lean UX Practices & Techniques.
Where to begin
- Take the Professional Scrum with User Experience training course.
- Become very familiar with the Scrum Guide.
- Take the Scrum Open and Product Owner Open assessments 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
- 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.
- Read the material suggested in the next few sections of this page.
Lean UX: Designing Great Products with Agile Teams by Jeff Gothelf and Josh Seiden
- Take the Scrum Open and Product Owner Open assessments until you are comfortable with the content. The Open assessments are a learning tool, and thus feedback is provided during the test.
- 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.
**Please Note: The PSU I assessment is currently only available to students of the PSU class. We are limiting access initially so that we can inspect and adapt, ensure that PSU I is high-quality, and provide adequate learning resources for those who do not take a training course from Scrum.org. The certification assessment will be made publicly available at a future date.