Professional Scrum Master I (PSM I) Practice Assessment

Professional Scrum Master I (PSM I) Practice Assessment

Professional Scrum Master I (PSM I) Practice Assessment

Professional Scrum Master I (PSM I) Practice Assessment is designed to help you prepare and practice for the Scrum.org Professional Scrum Master I (PSM I) Assessment.

This practice assessment was not created and is not endorsed by Scrum.org.

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    1. mm Post
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      Hi Rick,

      I don’t. If I provided detailed answers then the practice assessment would lose its value as an instrument of learning. It’s intended to get you thinking and evaluating how well you really understand Scrum. All the answers are in the Scrum Guide, although It can be hard to find and interpret them.

      If you are struggling with some of these questions, consider reading some of these excellent books, attending some local Scrum events or attending a Scrum training course.

      Regards

      Simon

  1. Really appreciate to have put up the practice assessment to assess our knowledge.
    In your practice assessment I am not able to understand this question’s correct answer. Can you please help.
    Question:
    Management need to monitor progress on a daily basis and decide to do so by attending the Daily Scrum. What are the likely results?

    Options given:
    A – The Development Team may end up with less time in the Daily Scrum to plan their work
    B – Management will be able to better direct the work of the Development Team
    C – The Development Team may be less open and transparent during the Daily Scrum
    D – The Scrum Master should enforce the rule that only Development Team members participate in the Daily Scrum
    E- Additional facilitation may be required to keep to the time box

    1. mm Post
      Author

      Hi Kapil,

      I understand that this question is a tough one. However if I reveal the answer it will devalue the practice assessment. If people can see the answers it will no longer be useful.

      Only 1 of these options goes against the values and practices of Scrum. That is the one you are looking to exclude from your answer. To further focus you thinking have another read of the Scrum Guide and see what it say about who should participate at a Daily Scrum.

      Regards

      Simon

    1. mm Post
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    1. mm Post
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  2. Hi Simon,

    After getting it wrong a few times, I found the answer to be starring me in the ‘face’ as the answer is in the question and obvious when read properly.
    Very helpful questions but would it be possible to add more practice questions?

    1. mm Post
      Author

      Hi Ade,

      Thank you for the feedback. New questions are on the Product Backlog. I don’t have a date for them yet but they will be coming. I will announce via a blog post when they are ready so sign up for my newsletter if you haven’t already.

      Simon

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  4. Hi, great assessment!

    However, one question that I cannot really understand why the answer is “False”.
    The Development Team must be no smaller than 3 and no larger than 9 members. Answer is “False”.

    Scrum Guide states the following:
    Optimal Development Team size is small enough to remain nimble and large enough to
    complete significant work within a Sprint. Fewer than three Development Team members
    decrease interaction and results in smaller productivity gains. Smaller Development Teams may
    encounter skill constraints during the Sprint, causing the Development Team to be unable to
    deliver a potentially releasable Increment. Having more than nine members requires too much
    coordination. Large Development Teams generate too much complexity for an empirical process
    to manage. The Product Owner and Scrum Master roles are not included in this count unless
    they are also executing the work of the Sprint Backlog.

    Please enlighten me. Thanks!

    1. mm Post
      Author

      Hi CK,

      The questions ask if team size is a ‘must’. I.e. is mandated by Scrum.

      The paragraph you quote from the Scrum Guide is making a recommendation, not a rule.

      Are small teams a good idea? – Yes.
      Does Scrum seek to prescribe what a “small team” is – No.

      I hope that helps clarify matters.

      Regards

      Simon

  5. Hi Simon,

    Shouldn’t be the answer of below question is a yes or no rather than true or false?

    “A Scrum Team uses 2 weeks Sprints and time box their Sprint Planning to 6 hours. Does this break the rules of Scrum?”

    False
    True

    Thank you

    1. i believe this does not break the rule of scrum. Scrum says that at most the SP can be 8 hrs for a month long sprint and is usually shorter for shorter sprints. Hence it is not mandatory that a 2 week sprint must have a 4 hour SP. As long as it is less than 8h, hours, it is in line with the principles of scrum framework.

  6. Hi Simon, I am struggling with one of the questions in the assessment, which I believe I answered correctly but is shown as incorrect, let me copy-paste the question. Can you advise ? Thanks!

    Select the time-box for each Scrum event
    Sort elements

    Sprint Retrospective
    3 hours or less

    Daily Scrum
    15 minutes

    Sprint Planning
    8 hours or less

    Sprint Review
    4 hours or less

    Incorrect

    1. – They are self-organized, they should able to communicate each other to remove any impediment in technical way.
      – Scrum master might help to remove this impediment but not in technical way, make sure what they need is transparency to each other

  7. Hi Simon,

    I think this answer needs to be revised:

    The Development Team must be no smaller than 3 and no larger than 9 members
    True
    False
    It says incorrect if you select True.

    As per the Scrum Guide:
    Fewer than 3 Dev team members decrease interaction…..
    Having More than 9 members require too much coordination…..
    So it is true that dev team must be not smaller than 3 an not larger than 9 but be between 3-9 members.
    True is the correct answer here!

    1. mm Post
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  8. Some of your questions conflict with Scrum.org, also there are some vague questions like “Should an increment be released after the end of a sprint?”

    Released to production? The answer is false and I get that, but there is no need to try and “trick” people with vague questions…

    1. mm Post
      Author

      Hi Travis,

      The assessment is not trying to trick you. It is mirroring the style of questions in the real Scrum.org assessment. There are some subtleties of language that often surprise people.

      This question is testing the assumption that some people have that an Increment must be released at the end of the Sprint. It deliberately avoids stating Production as the Scrum Guide does not make this distinction.

      Regards

      Simon

  9. Hi. According to my interpretation of the Scrum Guide, the Development Team must work with the Product Owner to change the Sprint Backlog once a Sprint is already underway. The “correct” answer to the question on the assessment is missing.

    1. mm Post
      Author
      1. Thanks Simon. The Scrum guide still seems a little ambiguous on that point, but I concede that one role really has the authority.

  10. Hi, we have different teams working in the same project: designers, QA, back end and front end. The FE team needs the BE work to be ready before they start their own work and they also need the design work done and approved. The QA team needs all of the other teams to have something to test… this looks a lot as an assembly line as some of the features are very complex and requiere 2 or more weeks to be completed. What is the correct way to handle this situation?

    1. mm Post
      Author

      Hi Johan,

      Have a read of the Scrum Guide. This describes the structure you should aim for and what you need to do.

      You need to break the work down and find ways to help people collaborate so work can be “done” in a month or less. More cross-functional teams will likely be helpful.

      It may not be easy and the changes you need to make may not be immediately clear. Use Scrum to take an empirical approach to discover the changes you need to make and validate them as you make them.

      To tell you more specifically what to do I would need to spend time with you and learn more about your situation. Assuming this is not possible you may want to consider bringing in some experienced help.

      Regards

      Simon

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