Here are some tips on taking (and passing) the Scrum.org Professional Scrum Product Owner II (PSPO II) assessment and gaining certification from Scrum.org.
Firstly review the guidance from Scrum.org on how the PSPO II assessment is structured so you know what to expect logistically.
Then take a look at my tips on passing the Professional Scrum Product Owner I (PSPO I). A pass on PSPO I is an essential prerequisite and so you must pass it before moving onto the more challenging PSPO II assessment.
Try our Professional Scrum Product Owner II (PSPO 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 PSPO II is having a very strong understanding to Scrum theory and the role of the Product Owner, combined with a number of years solid experience using Scrum in the real world. A strong pass mark in the PSPO I assessment should mean you are well on the way to having the right level of theory knowledge.
To further strengthen your chances you should consider attending a Professional Scrum Product Owner course from Scrum.org. This course covers all the material you will need to prepare for PSPO II. The theory will be brought to life with real world examples from your instructor and will set you up to take and pass both the associated assessments.
If you would like to join one of my classes, you can see my upcoming PSPO 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 this book (as a minimum). It neatly summarises Scrum and the Product Owner role and covers all the topics you will be expected to understand for the assessment:
PSPO II 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, the role of the Product Owner and have some solid real world experience you should be well placed to pass and achieve this advanced certification.
Please let me know how you find the PSPO II 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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