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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

Planning ahead with the product roadmap

There is a common misconception about Scrum and Agile methods in general: they don't apply or require any planning. Nothing could be further from the truth. Agile and Scrum both rely on good planning – it's a fundamental part of the Agile philosophy. The main differences between traditional planning and Agile planning are as follows:

  • Agile planning happens regularly in an iterative and incremental manner.
  • Agile planning prefers detailed short-term plans and abstract long-term plans.

We have already learned about the Sprint planning event, which happens at the start of each Sprint. In this section, we will examine how medium- and long-term planning is dealt with in Scrum. To learn about this, we need to understand what drives a Scrum product. So, let's discuss product roadmaps.

Envisioning the product journey with a product roadmap

A product usually begins its lifecycle as an idea or a vision. In...