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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

Understanding the value of Scrum Artifacts

Scrum Artifacts enable frequent inspections by the Scrum Team and the stakeholders and allow us to detect undesirable deviations from the road toward product delivery. They represent work that's performed to provide transparency and opportunities for inspection and adaptation (see The pillars of empiricism section in Chapter 2, Scrum Theory and Principles). The work each artifact represents is as follows:

  • The Product Backlog captures an ordered list of the project requirements and allows us to create a product roadmap and define the items to tackle in a sprint.
  • The Sprint Backlog enables us to clearly identify the work we intend to produce during a Sprint, set alongside a Sprint Goal (see Chapter 4, Scrum Events, the Starting the Sprint with Sprint Planning section).
  • The Product Increment allows us to inspect the functionality of the work we produced and potentially expose it to the stakeholders.

The artifacts and...