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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

Tracking progress with a Scrum Board

A Scrum Board is a tool that helps Scrum Teams visualize Sprint Backlog items and track their progress. The board can have different styles and content, depending on the team and organization where it's being used, but its purpose remains the same. The board is updated by the team and shows all items that need to be completed for the current Sprint. Items on a Scrum Board are usually represented as cards. Each card has a title, description, and other metadata, and can be colored and labeled in different ways.

Scrum Boards are not strictly defined. Some have fewer columns than others. Some have differently named columns. What they all have in common, however, is that they allow us to visualize our workflow, to know how our team is doing, and to get a feel for the direction our development is heading. A minimalist Scrum Board is depicted in the following diagram:

Figure 7.1 – A Scrum Board

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