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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


In this chapter, we learned about managing the Sprint itself. Practices for refining the backlog, using a Scrum Board, or managing defects are not part of the Scrum framework and aren't explained in the Scrum Guide. However, they are vital parts of a Sprint and essential knowledge for a skilled Scrum Master.

The first thing we learned is how to order the Product Backlog. A properly ordered backlog makes adding items to the Sprint Backlog so much easier and optimizes the value delivered in the Sprint. We then examined how to prepare the team for the beginning of product development and the first Sprint. Getting prepared before the Sprint development cycle begins ensures that the first Sprint will go smoothly and that the Scrum values and principles are not compromised.

Next, we discussed how to use a Scrum Board to track our progress through the Sprint and how to cope with different scenarios, such as when defects are found or when the Sprint Goal cannot be achieved...