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The Professional Scrum Master (PSM I) Guide

By : Fred Heath
Book Image

The Professional Scrum Master (PSM I) Guide

By: Fred Heath

Overview of this book

Ever wondered why you’d use Scrum over other process frameworks? Or what makes Agile just so agile? Or why you should bother with the PSM certification? This book has you covered. The Professional Scrum Master (PSM I) Guide is a comprehensive tutorial that will not only introduce you to the basics of Scrum, but build you up to be ready to pass your PSM I exam first time round. Where other books avoid detail, this guide provides you with detailed practical examples to take you from being an apprentice to becoming a master. Assuming you’re a total beginner, this book will introduce you to Scrum methodologies with detailed use cases, teaching you the secrets of Scrum in such a way that you’ll be well-equipped for the PSM I exam. This book demonstrates the real-world applications of Scrum in a variety of scenarios, all with practical examples. You’ll understand why the structure of your Scrum team matters, what you can achieve with properly planned sprints, and how to create and manage sprint and product backlogs. The chapters are regularly concluded with quizzes relevant to the exam, reinforcing the values you learn on your journey. Finally, it concludes with some exam preparation and myth-dispelling to make sure you have an edge when it comes to earning your certificate. This is a guide that’ll ensure you won’t fall behind in an ever increasingly agile world.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
Section 1: The Scrum Framework
Section 2: Scrum in Action
Section 3: The PSM Certification

Learning software development practices for Scrum

Scrum inherently supports an iterative and incremental development cycle. A Sprint is an iteration during which the Scrum Team produces a potentially shippable increment. A Product Increment is working and usable software that is built on top of other increments. This is a powerful approach that enables constant and focused releases while allowing for constant inspection, adaptation, and transparency (see Chapter 2, Scrum Theory and Principles).

To make the most out of this cycle of short and focused develop-build-release cycles, which is the Sprint, we need to adopt software development practices that are best suited to it. In this section, we'll learn about source control models and the importance of continuous integration, deployment, and delivery.

Source control model for continuous integration

The issue of how to control and manage different versions of the same source code has existed since software developers started...