26th July 2016 – This post has been updated to reflect the changes to the Professional Scrum Master assessments and certifications that have been announced by Scrum.org. What was PSM II has been renamed to PSM III. What was previously PSP (Professional Scrum Practitioner) has been renamed to PSM II. You can read more about the changes here.
Here are some tips on taking (and passing) the Scrum.org Professional Scrum Master III (PSM III) assessment and gaining certification from Scrum.org.
To strengthen your chances of passing you should first consider attending a Professional Scrum Master course from Scrum.org. This course covers all the material you will need to prepare for PSM III. The theory will be brought to life with real world examples from your instructor and will set you up well to take
You should also consider attending a Scrum.org Professional Scrum Master II course. The content covered and the 2 days spent exploring advanced Scrum Master topics will make passing the PSM III assessment significantly more likely.
To prepare for the assessment, firstly review the guidance from Scrum.org on how the PSM III assessment is structured so you know what to expect logistically.
Then take a look at my tips on passing the Professional Scrum Master I (PSM I) and the Professional Scrum Master II (PSM II) assessments. These assessments are prerequisites and so you must pass them before moving onto the more challenging PSM III assessment.
Try our Professional Scrum Master III (PSM III) practice assessment. This is not created or endorsed by Scrum.org, but will give you a good idea of what to expect when you take the real thing.
The key to passing PSM III is having a very strong understanding to Scrum theory, combined with a number of years solid experience using Scrum in the real world. A strong pass mark in the PSM I and PSM II assessments should mean you are well on the way to having the right level of theory knowledge.
If you would like to join one of my classes, you can see my upcoming PSM class list here. I operate all over the world so you will find a course running in a city near you.
I would also strongly suggest reading these books (as a minimum). They helped me massively on my own journey to learn about Scrum and achieve the PSM III certification:
PSM III is difficult and less than 200 people have achieved it to date. However it is not impossible so if you prepare well, understand the theory underpinning Scrum and have some solid real world experience with Scrum you should be well placed to pass and achieve this distinguishing certification.
Please let me know how you find the PSM III assessment via the comments section below. Good luck!
The Scrum Master is Simon Kneafsey. Simon is a Professional Scrum Trainer with Scrum.org, 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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