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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

The pillars of empiricism

Just like a house needs pillars in order to be supported and withstand bad weather or earthquakes, so does a development framework need pillars to support it and make it resistant to adverse effects. For an empirical approach, such as Scrum, these pillars are Inspection, Adaptation, and Transparency.

The pillars of empiricism are summarized in the following diagram:

Figure 2.1 – The pillars of empiricism

Let's examine what each of these pillars means.


As mentioned in Chapter 1, Introduction to Scrum, Scrum Teams produce certain artifacts. According to the Scrum Guide, Scrum practitioners should inspect Scrum Artifacts when these are being produced. Inspections should be honest and thorough, but they should not take over or obstruct the development work.

We have actually already mentioned one of these artifacts: the Increment. Increments, as well as the other artifacts that we'll examine in...