How To Pass PSPO I Scrum.org

How To Pass The Professional Scrum Product Owner I (PSPO I) Assessment From Scrum.org

How To Pass PSPO I Scrum.org

The Scrum.org Professional Scrum Product Owner I (PSPO I) assessment is a 60 minute time boxed assessment where you’ll answer 80 questions (in English) of multiple choice type, very similar in style to the Scrum 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 PSPO I assessment page.

Here are some tips on taking (and passing) the Scrum.org Professional Scrum Product Owner I (PSPO I) assessment and gaining certification:

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 Scrum guide and the Scrum glossary 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. Completing all the questions in the time box can be challenging.
  • 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 Scrum Product Owner course, and then fail the PSPO I assessment within 14 days of completing the course. In this case Scrum.org will provide you with a 2nd free attempt (as of 12th September 2017).

I hope this information will help you to pass. Let me know how you get on via the comments below and good luck!

mm

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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  1. Simon,

    I liked crisp summary of no non-sense tips. Thank you very much.
    I passed PSM 1 and preparing for PSPO now.

    I won’t recommend Roman Pichler book, because that is very outdated (2010) compared to latest Scrum Guide (2013). Here are some examples that he use:
    – Product Owner can participate in Scrum
    – Scrum Master is sort of lead of the team etc

    I liked two books in particular to understand Scrum and PO role:
    1. Scrum Narrative and PSM Exam Guide by Mohammed Musthafa Soukath Ali – very crisp explanation of scrum fundamentals. This helped me to understand Scrum and pass PSM 1
    2. Scrum Product Ownership by Robert Galen – An exhaustive coverage of PO role – not just at team level, but at enterprise level too.

    However, I am not getting sufficient confidence on PSPO 1. Could you help with following questions. Appreciate it

    1. I have very good understanding of Scrum and can answer typical questions about Product Owner, like their role, rules, and product backlog. Is that knowledge enough? If no, what would be additional knowledge needed and how many questions will be on that additional knowledge?

    2. Is there Product vision and Release plan still a good practice in Scrum? Who owns them? What is the format of vision and plan?

    3. Will there be questions about User Stories and Points? Isn’t user story outside the Scrum? Why is “User Stories Applied” is recommended as a book in Scrum.org for PSPO?

    4. What is the difference between Lean Product Planning and Empirical Product Planning? Whihc knowledge does PSPO test here?

    5. What should we know about calculating the value of Product and Project?

    Thank you again

    1. mm

      Hi Vera,

      I am glad you found the post useful. To answer your questions:

      1. It may be, but without knowing you and your level of experience better it is hard for me to say.
      2. Yes they are very much so. Generally these sit with the Product Owner. The Scrum Guide doesn’t mandate a format so start with what you have currently and then inspect and adapt to improve
      3. User stories and points aren’t a mandated part of the Scrum framework so there is unlikely to be much on these topics. As long as you have a good basic understanding it will be enough.
      4. They is a big overlap between these 2 topics, but also some differences. There is much to say on this and it is fuel for another blog post in itself.
      5. You should know it is important and have some strategies to do so.

      Roman Pichler’s book is a little old now, and perhaps not 100% up to the latest Scrum Guide, but I would still recommend it. It covers many of the questions you have asked in more detail than I can go into here.

      Give PSPO I a go. You will never now if you have enough knowledge until you try.

      I hope that helps.

      Regards

      Simon

  2. Hello Simon ,

    There is no mention anywhere of a minimum passing score level , is it percentiled or is there a defined threshold ?

    -thanks
    A

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      1. Hi,

        I am planning to take up PSPO 1 certification, can you please recommend some good suggested readings for preparing for the same?

        Thanks

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  3. Quick question : There are questions with multichoices i think, but how maximum ? 3 choice for questions ? 4 ? more ?
    Thanks a lot !

    1. mm Post
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      Hi Jo,

      For my practice assessments, some questions allow/require multiple answers. Some questions tell you how many answers are required, some do not.

      This is designed to mirror the experience on the real Scrum.org assessments.

      Regards

      Simon

  4. Hello Simon,

    Thanks very much for your post, very informative.
    I want to change my career toward Product Management. Since I have not had much experience in this field nor in the Agile/Scrum world, I want to pass my Scrum Certificate.
    I am bit confused between the Scrum Master I or PSPO I certificate.

    Which one would you recommend to start with ? and please what are the materials to read ?

    Nabil

    Thanks very much Simon

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  5. Hello,

    First of all thank you very much for your posts which I find very informative. I am also interested in PSPO I certificate as this is very much inline with my career plans. I am quite experienced PM and BA (several years in IT dealing with various approaches towards product delivery), but had no opportunity to work in Scrum, though attended several trainings. Since my current employer offered an opportunity to take the exam, I would like to ask you about some tips how to prepare best for the challenge.

    Regards,
    Iza B

  6. I want to pass PSPO 1 while I failed in PSM 1 attended recently. So please help which can be learnt and cleared in short time.

    Please advise ASAP!

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  7. Hi Simon,
    I am working on agile development for few years now as a business analyst and lately working a s a product owner, planning to give the scrum and PO certification soon, kindly help with the
    names of preparation materials like books or pdfs plz?

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  8. Hello Simon,

    I have recently passed the PSM I exam, and am now triggered in the PO side of the Scrum spectrum.

    Do you regard – the Product Owner Manual by Peter Hundermark (see: http://www.scrumsense.com/resources/product-owner-manual/) in combination with the Scrum Guide (November 2017) and Scrum a Smart Travel Companion by Gunther Verheyen – comprehensive enough to go for the PSPO I exam?

    So far, I haven’t been able to find a comprehensive training manual for PSPO, like there is for PSM, for which I found the Scrum Master Training Manual by Nader K. Rad & Frank Turley very useful indeed.

    B Rgds,
    Michael

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      Hi Michael,

      Without knowing you better and knowing your level of experience and understanding around Scrum it would be impossible for me to know if these would be sufficient.

      Let me know how you get on.

      Regards

      Simon

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