Professional Scrum Master™

The Professional Scrum Master (PSM) course is a 2-day course that covers the principles and (empirical) process theory underpinning the mechanics, rules and roles of the Scrum framework. Advanced tools for servant-leadership are provided to increase a Scrum Master’s effectiveness. These tools relate to behavioral shifts, working with people and teams, coaching and facilitation techniques, and addressing the organization.

Students learn through instruction and team-based exercises, and are challenged to think in terms of the Scrum principles to better understand what to do when returning to the workplace.

Professional Scrum Master is THE cutting-edge course for effective Scrum Masters and anyone supporting a software development team's efficiency and effectiveness.

Assessment and Certification


The Professional Scrum Master course has two associated assessments and certification: Professional Scrum Master level I (PSM I) and Professional Scrum Master level II (PSM II).

All participants completing the Professional Scrum Master course receive a password to take the PSM I assessment and are entitled to a discount on the PSM II assessment.

These industry-recognized certifications require a minimum passing score on the associated rigorous assessment. Scrum.org maintains a public list with everyone holding a PSM I and PSM II certificate.

Course Outline



  • Scrum Basics - What is Scrum and how has it evolved?

  • Scrum Theory - Why does Scrum work and what are its core principles? How are the Scrum principles different from those of more traditional software development approaches, and what is the impact?

  • Scrum Framework and Meetings - How Scrum theory is implemented using time- boxes, roles, rules, and artifacts. How can these be used most effectively and how can they fall apart?

  • Scrum and Change - Scrum is different: what does this mean to my project and my organization? How do I best adopt Scrum given the change that is expected?

  • Scrum and Total Cost of Ownership - A system isn’t just developed, it is also sustained, maintained and enhanced. How is the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of our systems or products measured and optimized?

  • Scrum Teams – Scrum Teams are self-organizing and cross-functional; this is different from traditional development groups. How do we start with Scrum teams and how do we ensure their success?

  • Scrum Planning - Plan a project and estimate its cost and completion date.

  • Predictability, Risk Management, and Reporting - Scrum is empirical. How can predictions be made, risk be controlled, and progress be tracked using Scrum.

  • Scaling Scrum - Scrum works great with one team. It also works better than anything else for projects or product releases that involve hundreds or thousands of globally dispersed team members. How is scaling best accomplished using Scrum?



 

Audience

The Professional Scrum Master course is targeted to Scrum Masters and anyone else responsible for the successful use and/or rollout of Scrum.


Prerequisites


Attendees make the most of the class if they:

  • Have studied the Scrum Guide (required).

  • Passed the Scrum Open assessment.

  • Have a solid understanding of Scrum either through working on a Scrum Team, or through taking part in a Professional Scrum Foundations or similar course.

  • Have been on or are closely involved in building or enhancing a software product or application.

  • Have read one of the Scrum books. See resources.