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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

Starting the Sprint with Sprint Planning

Sprint Planning's purpose is to define the work to be performed during the Sprint. This plan is created by the collaborative work of the entire Scrum Team. The duration of the Sprint Planning should be no more than 8 hours for a 1-month Sprint. It should be proportionately shorter for shorter Sprints.

The Sprint Planning aims to answer two questions:

  • What can be delivered in the Increment resulting from the upcoming Sprint? This is achieved by the Scrum Team estimating which Product Backlog items can be realistically delivered in the Sprint, in order to achieve the Sprint Goal. The Product Owner will have a clear idea of which items need to be delivered, but this must be filtered by the Developers' estimation of how many of these items can be delivered within the Sprint.
  • How will the work needed to deliver the Increment be achieved? This is accomplished by the Developers creating a plan on how they will deliver the...