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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

What this book covers

Chapter 1, Introduction to Scrum, presents you with the history and motivation behind Scrum, its value as a development framework, and introduces you to the PSM I assessment.

Chapter 2, Scrum Theory and Principles, shares knowledge of the fundamental concepts behind Scrum, its values, and its pillars. It also highlights the value and effect of these concepts in applying Scrum successfully.

Chapter 3, The Scrum Team, analyzes the role and responsibilities of the Scrum Master, Product Owner, and Developers and their interactions within the Scrum development lifecycle.

Chapter 4, Scrum Events, explains the significance of the Sprint, Sprint Planning, Daily Scrum, Sprint Review, and Sprint Retrospective events and their application and utility within the Scrum development lifecycle.

Chapter 5, Scrum Artifacts, details the Product Backlog, the Sprint Backlog, and the Product Increment, as well as the commitments undertaken for each of these Artifacts. The inter-dependencies of these Artifacts are also covered.

Chapter 6, Planning and Estimating with Scrum, delves into the world of measuring, estimating, planning, and forecasting. You will learn how to calculate your team's velocity, create a product roadmap, and measure your progress with burn-up and burn-down charts.

Chapter 7, The Sprint Journey, imparts practical advice and techniques for day-to-day working during the Sprint. Product Backlog refinement is explained, as well as how to use a Scrum Board in different scenarios, manage defects, and what to do if the Sprint is canceled.

Chapter 8, Facets of Scrum, covers best practices to use when working with Scrum. The importance of a CI/CD pipeline as testing levels is examined in detail. Techniques for managing technical debt, working remotely, and scaling Scrum are also explained.

Chapter 9, Preparing for the PSM I Assessment, is a short chapter mainly hosting 25 quiz questions summarizing the knowledge contained in this book, helping you to prepare for taking the PSM I assessment exam. Practical advice on how to prepare for the exam, and what to do during and after, is also given.