Professional Scrum Master I (PSM I) Practice Assessment

Professional Scrum Master I (PSM I) Practice Assessment

The 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

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  1. Dear Simon,

    Regarding the following question:


    The Scrum Master and Product Owner accountabilities can both be held by 1 person

    True
    False
    Scrum does not forbid people holding more than 1 accountability. It can often cause problems, but sometimes it may be appropriate.

    In the scrum guide it clearly states: “The Product Owner is one person, not a committee” page. 6 of the scrum guide (2020).
    If the product owner is one person he she cannot also be the Scrum Master correct?

    I believe you should change the correct answer to ‘False’.

    Thanks for the assessment great in general!
    Kind regards,
    Damian

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  2. there are some question’s answers are wrong …
    and the question is
    Q-The Scrum Master and Product Owner accountabilities can both be held by 1 person
    explaination -Scrum does forbid people holding more than 1 accountability. It can often cause problems, but sometimes it may be appropriate.
    According to scrum.org The Scrum Master and Product Owner accountabilities can not both be held by 1 person

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      Hi,

      Your statement is incorrect. The Scrum Master and Product Owner accountabilities can be held by the same person according to Scrum. There is no restriction on this according to the Scrum Guide. I agree it is often not a good idea in practice.

      Regards

      Simon

  3. Hi, I am confused by this question:
    “The Sprint Planning event is comprised of 2 parts and the Product Owner is not needed at the 2nd part”. Everything I read so far, states: “The PO may, or may not attend the 2nd part of the event, but should remain available if needed.” This means the PO is not needed at the second part…why is my answer “true” incorrect then?

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      Hi Dominique,

      The definition of Scrum (as outlined in the Scrum Guide) has changed a little over the years.

      Sprint Planning used to be described as having 2 parts. This was changed many years ago, but lots of materials have not been updated to reflect this and such materials will miss lead you on this and other (more) important things as well.

      Check the Scrum Guide which is created and maintained by the co-creators of Scrum.

      Regards

      Simon

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      Hi George,

      What you describe is a Product Backlog Refinement activity and this would typically be done by the Development Team & Product Owner with assistance from the Scrum Master if needed.

      Regards

      Simon

  4. 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?

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      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

  5. 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.

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

  6. 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…

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      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

  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!

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    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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