The Professional Agile Leadership – Evidence-Based Management (PAL-EBM) assessment is a 60-minute time-boxed assessment where you’ll answer 40 questions (in English) of multiple choice type, very similar in style to the Evidence-Based Management (EBM) open assessment.
You get one attempt and you decide when and where to take it. There’s no expiration date. You are not required to attend an assessment centre and can take it from the comfort of your own home.
Further details on what to expect from the assessment can be found on the Scrum.org Professional Agile Leadership – Evidence-Based Management (PAL-EBM) assessment page.
Here are some tips on how to prepare for and pass the assessment:
- Ideally, attend a Professional Agile Leadership – Evidence-Based Management (PAL-EBM) course and read back over the course notes.
- Read the The Evidence-Based Management Guide and get really familiar with it. This is the primary source of all answers for the assessment.
- Read the following papers which provide an expanded overview of Evidence-Based Management:
Investing for Business Agility
When are SMART goals not-so-smart?
OKRs: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
Increase Transparency with Outcome-Focused Product Roadmaps
Measure Business Opportunities with Unrealized Value
- Review our Evidence-Based Management Study Notes which provide a brief summary of the core concepts and can be used as a quick reference resource when you take the assesssment.
- Take the EBM Open assessment until you can do it fast and score 100% twice in a row. This is really important as some of the toughest questions here come up in the PAL-EBM assessment so this is your chance to pick up some easy points.
- Take our Professional Agile Leadership – Evidence Based Management (PAL-EBM) Practice Assessment. This offers different questions to the EBM Open assessment so is an additional opportunity to test your knowledge in advance of sitting the real assessment.
- Review some relevant posts on the Scrum.org forums.
- Contact me with your questions. I like it when you do!
When you are ready to take the assessment for real:
- Use the link in the email you will have received from Scrum.org
- Have the The Evidence-Based Management Guide to hand and use it to look up what you need.
- Don’t spend too long on each question. If unsure of an answer, note down the question number and move on. Time is usually not a major issue for people with this assessment, unlike some of the others.
- Come back to the hard questions at the end and use your time to think them over.
- Google the question if really unsure, but be careful as this takes time and there are lots of unreliable sources out there.
- If time permits, check all your answers before the end.
You can resit the assessment if you need to, but you will need to purchase another attempt from Scrum.org. The only exception to this is if you attend a Scrum.org Professional Agile Leadership – Evidence-Based Management (PAL-EBM) course, and then fail the PAL-EBM assessment within 14 days of completing the course. In this case, Scrum.org will provide you with a 2nd free attempt.
I hope this information will help you to pass and achieve the Professional Agile Leadership – Evidence-Based Management (PAL-EBM) assessment from Scrum.org. Let me know how you get on via the comments below and good luck!
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