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How To Pass the Professional Scrum MasterTM

The Professional Scrum MasterTM (PSM) is a certification for professionals on a Scrum team who wish to take on the Scrum Master role. This certification validates the depth and breadth of your knowledge on the Scrum framework, and demonstrates to prospective employers that you have what it takes to lead a Scrum team to success. In this blog, you’ll learn all about this sought-after credential, how to get certified, and some of the proven tips that can help you ace the exam. What is a Scrum Master?“The scrum master is the team role responsible for ensuring the team lives agile values and principles and follows the processes and practices that the team agreed they would use.” – AgileAlliance A Scrum Master, therefore, is a leader who is an expert on the Scrum framework, and can coach and lead the team in its implementation. As Scrum continues to be the most preferred Agile framework across industries, a Scrum Master’s career can be both lucrative and professionally rewarding.PSM or CSM?The Professional Scrum MasterTM (PSM) from Scrum.org and the Certified ScrumMaster®(CSM®) from Scrum Alliance® are both industries recognized and in-demand credentials in the world of Scrum.Of the two, it is widely considered that the CSM is easier to get, but the PSM validates your knowledge in a more comprehensive manner as it is a very rigorous exam. The CSM exam has the prerequisite of attending a 14-16 hour in-person or live online training led by a Certified Scrum Trainer, but to attempt the PSM exam no official training is mandated. If you feel you have the knowledge and skills outlined in the curriculum, you can attempt the PSM assessment. However, undertaking the 2-day PSM training proves very beneficial and you stand a much higher chance of acing the exam at your first attempt.What is the Scope of PSM I?PSM certified professionals are in demand across industries that use the Scrum framework. IT companies such as Tata Consultancy Services, Accenture Technology, Infosys Limited and Capgemini, among others, seek to hire PSM certificate holders. As a certified PSM, you can get a role as a Scrum Master, Scrum Coach, Information Technology (IT) Consultant, Agile Project Manager, Scrum specialist, and so on. Getting Certified1. The ExamThe PSM is an online exam of 1 hour duration, with 80 questions that include MCQs, MAQs, True/False questions. To pass you must score at least 85%, which means you must get a minimum of 68 questions right to become certified.2. Getting Prepared for the PSM AssessmentIt is advisable to undertake the 2-day Training from a Scrum.org endorsed training institute. The 14-16 hours training is delivered by PSTs, and will give you a thorough grounding in the PSM curriculum. On completing the PSM training, you will get a password from Scrum.org via email. This password is your access to the exam, and is valid for 1 attempt. It has no expiration date.  Prepare thoroughly for the exam. The tips below will help. On passing the exam, you will get the PSM certification from Scrum.org. This certification has a lifetime validity. 3. Tips for sitting the examThe PSM exam is fairly rigorous, but if you are well prepared you will have no problem in clearing the assessment at your first attempt. Our experts have put together some tips to help you with your exam prep. Study hard, be systematic and attempt the online tests as many times as you need till you master the curriculum. The Scrum Guide is your bible for all things Scrum. It is a comprehensive and concise outline put together by the original founders of Scrum, Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland. You can keep this as your primary source of reference and use the definitions to answer any tricky questions you may find. There are many Resources available on the Scrum.org website. You can read through the webcasts, blog posts and the latest news in the world of Scrum, curated by experts in the field. You can also participate in the Scrum community, just by registering yourself, and can ask questions on the forum which will be answered by online professionals. The PSM I Suggested Reading gives a detailed list of the Focus Areas from which questions may be selected during the assessment. There will be several questions on Burndown charts, even though they are not a mandatory part of Scrum. There are also questions asked on Scrum of Scrums. The Scrum glossary can help you to understand important definitions. Free online Guides are available which capture additional topics that are not covered in depth in the Scrum Guide: Scrum Training Manual  is one such example, and there are other guides on Amazon that can also help. The Kindle edition of The Scrum Narrative is available at INR 599 (discount price) and is updated to the 2020 Scrum Guide. The Nexus Guide can help you to answer questions on scaling Scrum. Learn about the Scrum values, Scrum events, Scrum Artifacts and cement your understanding with practical examples in the Evidence-Based Management Guide. Blog posts on the KnowledgeHut website are regularly updated and penned by experienced practitioners. Scrum Alliance also offers valuable resources which can add value to your understanding of the Scrum framework. Scrum.org offers a number of free PSM assessments that will help you to understand the exam pattern and the kind of questions that will be asked. Find the assessments at this link. Keep re-doing them till you are satisfied with your knowledge and feel confident that you will be able to score. Do not restrict yourself to the PSM assessments. You may also attempt the free PSPO assessments available on Scrum.org, as there are a lot of dependencies between the two roles. These assessments are available at this link. Every time you attempt the assessment, you can improve your scores as well as your speed, both of which are important. While the resources on the official Scrum.org website are very reliable, you may also find other free online tests that you can attempt. Your training provider will be able to help you. Be wary of fake exams that might confuse you and take you down the wrong track. Try these free assessments from other websites which are reliable:  Mikhail Laphsin free assessment PSM I Preparation Practice Exams (Management Plaza). Professional Scrum Master I (PSM I) Practice Assessment. Important point to note: the 2020 Scrum Guide was released on November 18, 2020. Older blogs that you could find online may have outdated information which can confuse you. For instance, the Scrum Master is no longer referred to as a servant leader, but is considered a true leader of the team. Keep reviewing your learning till you are confident that you will do well. 4. What is next after PSM I?Scrum.org offers two higher level PSM certifications that will help you to deepen your understanding of Scrum and advance in your Scrum Master career. After passing the PSM I exam, you can attempt the PSM II   which will enhance your expertise and help you address complex situations that could arise, while the PSM III   demonstrates a highly distinguished level of mastery over Scrum.Wrapping Up An industry-recognized certification is a sure shot way to get noticed and get ahead in the Scrum industry. You can validate your expertise, and prove your mastery over Scrum to potential employers. Grow your Scrum Master skills by getting certified, and take advantage of the high demand across industries to get your career rolling!
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How To Pass the Professional Scrum MasterTM

Susan May
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22nd Sep, 2021
How To Pass the Professional Scrum MasterTM

The Professional Scrum MasterTM (PSM) is a certification for professionals on a Scrum team who wish to take on the Scrum Master role. This certification validates the depth and breadth of your knowledge on the Scrum framework, and demonstrates to prospective employers that you have what it takes to lead a Scrum team to success. 

In this blog, you’ll learn all about this sought-after credential, how to get certified, and some of the proven tips that can help you ace the exam. 

What is a Scrum Master?

“The scrum master is the team role responsible for ensuring the team lives agile values and principles and follows the processes and practices that the team agreed they would use.” – AgileAlliance 

Scrum Master, therefore, is a leader who is an expert on the Scrum framework, and can coach and lead the team in its implementation. As Scrum continues to be the most preferred Agile framework across industries, a Scrum Master’s career can be both lucrative and professionally rewarding.

PSM or CSM?

The Professional Scrum MasterTM (PSM) from Scrum.org and the Certified ScrumMaster®(CSM®) from Scrum Alliance® are both industries recognized and in-demand credentials in the world of Scrum.

Of the two, it is widely considered that the CSM is easier to get, but the PSM validates your knowledge in a more comprehensive manner as it is a very rigorous exam. 

The CSM exam has the prerequisite of attending a 14-16 hour in-person or live online training led by a Certified Scrum Trainer, but to attempt the PSM exam no official training is mandated. If you feel you have the knowledge and skills outlined in the curriculum, you can attempt the PSM assessment. However, undertaking the 2-day PSM training proves very beneficial and you stand a much higher chance of acing the exam at your first attempt.

What is the Scope of PSM I?

PSM certified professionals are in demand across industries that use the Scrum framework. IT companies such as Tata Consultancy Services, Accenture Technology, Infosys Limited and Capgemini, among others, seek to hire PSM certificate holders. As a certified PSM, you can get a role as a Scrum Master, Scrum Coach, Information Technology (IT) Consultant, Agile Project Manager, Scrum specialist, and so on. 

Getting Certified

1. The Exam

The PSM is an online exam of 1 hour duration, with 80 questions that include MCQs, MAQs, True/False questions. To pass you must score at least 85%, which means you must get a minimum of 68 questions right to become certified.

2. Getting Prepared for the PSM Assessment

  • It is advisable to undertake the 2-day Training from a Scrum.org endorsed training institute. The 14-16 hours training is delivered by PSTs, and will give you a thorough grounding in the PSM curriculum. 
  • On completing the PSM training, you will get a password from Scrum.org via email. This password is your access to the exam, and is valid for 1 attempt. It has no expiration date. 
  •  Prepare thoroughly for the exam. The tips below will help. 
  • On passing the exam, you will get the PSM certification from Scrum.org. This certification has a lifetime validity. 

3. Tips for sitting the exam

The PSM exam is fairly rigorous, but if you are well prepared you will have no problem in clearing the assessment at your first attempt. Our experts have put together some tips to help you with your exam prep. Study hard, be systematic and attempt the online tests as many times as you need till you master the curriculum. 

  • The Scrum Guide is your bible for all things Scrum. It is a comprehensive and concise outline put together by the original founders of Scrum, Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland. You can keep this as your primary source of reference and use the definitions to answer any tricky questions you may find. 
  • There are many Resources available on the Scrum.org website. You can read through the webcasts, blog posts and the latest news in the world of Scrum, curated by experts in the field. You can also participate in the Scrum community, just by registering yourself, and can ask questions on the forum which will be answered by online professionals. 
  • The PSM I Suggested Reading gives a detailed list of the Focus Areas from which questions may be selected during the assessment. There will be several questions on Burndown charts, even though they are not a mandatory part of Scrum. There are also questions asked on Scrum of Scrums. 
  • The Scrum glossary can help you to understand important definitions. 
  • Free online Guides are available which capture additional topics that are not covered in depth in the Scrum Guide: Scrum Training Manual  is one such example, and there are other guides on Amazon that can also help. The Kindle edition of The Scrum Narrative is available at INR 599 (discount price) and is updated to the 2020 Scrum Guide. 
  • The Nexus Guide can help you to answer questions on scaling Scrum. 
  • Learn about the Scrum values, Scrum events, Scrum Artifacts and cement your understanding with practical examples in the Evidence-Based Management Guide. 
  • Blog posts on the KnowledgeHut website are regularly updated and penned by experienced practitioners. 
  • Scrum Alliance also offers valuable resources which can add value to your understanding of the Scrum framework. 
  • Scrum.org offers a number of free PSM assessments that will help you to understand the exam pattern and the kind of questions that will be asked. Find the assessments at this link. Keep re-doing them till you are satisfied with your knowledge and feel confident that you will be able to score. 
  • Do not restrict yourself to the PSM assessments. You may also attempt the free PSPO assessments available on Scrum.org, as there are a lot of dependencies between the two roles. These assessments are available at this link. Every time you attempt the assessment, you can improve your scores as well as your speed, both of which are important. 
  • While the resources on the official Scrum.org website are very reliable, you may also find other free online tests that you can attempt. Your training provider will be able to help you. Be wary of fake exams that might confuse you and take you down the wrong track. 
  • Try these free assessments from other websites which are reliable:  
  • Important point to note: the 2020 Scrum Guide was released on November 18, 2020. Older blogs that you could find online may have outdated information which can confuse you. For instance, the Scrum Master is no longer referred to as a servant leader, but is considered a true leader of the team. 
  • Keep reviewing your learning till you are confident that you will do well. 

4. What is next after PSM I?

Scrum.org offers two higher level PSM certifications that will help you to deepen your understanding of Scrum and advance in your Scrum Master career. After passing the PSM I exam, you can attempt the PSM II   which will enhance your expertise and help you address complex situations that could arise, while the PSM III   demonstrates a highly distinguished level of mastery over Scrum.

Wrapping Up 

An industry-recognized certification is a sure shot way to get noticed and get ahead in the Scrum industry. You can validate your expertise, and prove your mastery over Scrum to potential employers. Grow your Scrum Master skills by getting certified, and take advantage of the high demand across industries to get your career rolling!

Susan

Susan May

Writer, Developer, Explorer

Susan is a gamer, internet scholar and an entrepreneur, specialising in Big Data, Hadoop, Web Development and many other technologies. She is the author of several articles published on Zeolearn and KnowledgeHut blogs. She has gained a lot of experience by working as a freelancer and is now working as a trainer. As a developer, she has spoken at various international tech conferences around the globe about Big Data.


Website : https://www.zeolearn.com

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