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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

Why should you choose Scrum?

Although Scrum is by far the most popular Agile development framework, it is by no means the only one. Kanban, Lean, Extreme Programming (XP), Dynamic System Development Method (DSDM), and Crystal are all examples of Agile processes, frameworks, or methodologies. I am not going to patronize you by telling you that Scrum is the best approach and you should follow it unquestionably at all times. As with every other tools, you need to decide if its use fits your needs. I advocate Scrum and I use it most of the time, but I once worked on a project where Kanban provided the most fitting approach, due to that project's special circumstances. Some of my fellow Scrum Masters and PSM members have occasionally found that using Lean tool-sets, such as 5S, or applying XP techniques, may suit a specific project's needs better. In fact, many organizations use elements from other Agile approaches in addition to Scrum. However, Scrum is the most popular for good reasons:

  • Short, focused iterations allow for quick software delivery to customers
  • Constant opportunities for introspection and adaptation allow better product quality and team efficiency
  • Scrum's transparency allows external stakeholders to follow progress even without knowing or understanding Scrum

If this is not enough, consider the fact that the overwhelming majority of Scrum users emphatically state that they will continue to use it, that it offers value to their organization, and that it improves work quality (