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 Professional Scrum Master I (PSM I) Assessment.

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The Scrum Master is Simon Kneafsey. Simon is a Professional Scrum Trainer with, the home of Scrum run by Scrum co-creator, Ken Schwaber. Simon offers Professional Scrum Certification training courses globally and works with clients to introduce Scrum to their organisations.

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    1. mm Post

      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.



  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.
    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

      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.



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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

      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.


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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

      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.



  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?”


    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


    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

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