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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

Creating and managing the Product Backlog

The Product Backlog is an ordered list of everything that is needed in the product. Each product has its own unique backlog. It is the only source of planned work for the product. The Product Backlog is a living artifact; it is constantly in flux as requirements and market conditions change. The following diagram provides an overview of the role and significance of the Product Backlog:

Figure 5.2 – Product Backlog items as user stories

As shown in the preceding diagram, the Product Owner is the only role with direct access to the Product Backlog. The Scrum Guide states that the Product Owner is responsible for managing the Product Backlog. This can be interpreted in many ways, but it does imply that the Product Owner has the final say on the Product Backlog. Therefore, it is advisable that developers or stakeholders who wish to add or change items on the Product Backlog do so under the guidance and approval of...