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The PSM Certification

 

The PSM Certification

The certification as Professional Scrum Master (PSM I) by Scrum.org is designed for interested beginners to the Scrum framework, primarily from the software industry. A transfer of the ideas and principles to other fields is however possible — such as Product Development, Service Design, Organizational Development. Scrum is particularly appropriate in project situations that favor an explorative approach to cope with continuous change.

The PSM certification is designed for Scrum Masters and other agile practitioners to signal their understanding of the framework and principles to employers and customers.

A requirement for passing the assessment is a profound familiarity with basic Scrum principles as described in the  Scrum Guide and further recommended reads.

The PSM certification is recognized worldwide and is an important asset in a certification portfolio for anyone dealing with Scrum or aspects thereof in their professional environment.

The PMP certification is difficult to optain, unless the candidate gets the right support.Our Service Proposition

We actively attend students beyond the professional training during exam application and preparation. We answer questions and help resolving problems that may turn up, using our experience in PSM preparation and our up-to-date knowledge. We finally lead candidates to exam success.

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The Value of the PSM Certification for Project Business Management

A core asset for...

Customer organizations:
The PSM certification shows that the persons managing the project supply networks (PSNs) understand agile concepts and are familiar with the Scrum Framework.
Organizations offering project services:
The PSM certification helps corporations to signal agile readiness and Scrum knowledge when winning customer projects.

 

Eligibility, Validity, and Exam Procedure

Eligibility

There are no formal prerequisites for exam eligibility.

Validity

The PSM I credential has no expiration date.

Exam Procedure

The exam consists of 80 multiple choice questions that have to be answered within 1 hour. The passing score is 85%. Further details about the PSM certification are described on the Scrum.org website.

We support organizations to qualify their employees for the PSM certification exam upon request. We also carry out PSM preparation seminars for the academic sector.

Language Options

The exam is done in English. German-speaking students receive help with the definition and translation of necessary terms, and they can download a translated version of the Scrum Guide for further help with understanding the concepts and terminology. However, sufficient English skills to understand exam questions and answers will be necessary.

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Option 1: Master the PSM Certification with Self Study

 
The PSM certification is difficult: It has a very high passing score (85%) and chellenges the test taker with 80 exam questions in 60 minutes.

Candidates who feel confident enough in their experience and knowledge of the Scrum framework can attempt to rely on self-studying.

Recommended study materials:

  • Scrum Guide

  • Free sample questions (for example in the official Open Scrum assessment by Scrum.org)

  • PSM exam preparation literature and resources
Option 2: Dedicated PSM Preparation Class

 
This PSM preparation class has the aim to guide candidates with basic knowledge of the Scrum framework to passing the PSM certification exam conducted by Scrum.org.

It has a duration of 2.5 days, with the option to undertake the examination on the third (half) day. The duration can be compressed to 2 days with exam option on the afternoon of the second day.*

Seminar agenda:

  • Introduction of participants
     
  • Recap: Agile Practices & Mindset
     
  • Overview of the Scrum Framework, including:
    • - Scrum Artifacts
    • - The Scrum Team
    • - Scrum Events
    • - Scrum Glossary & Values
    • - Further topics & important concepts
       
  • Sample questions
     
  • How to register for the exam
     

Study materials:

  • Handout including Scrum Guide

  • Sample questions (developed for the seminar)

  • Links to PSM exam preparation literature and resources

  • Info sheets and posters for easier memorization

 

Option 3: Scrum Seminar with PSM Exam Option

 

This PSM preparation class has the aim to guide candidates without any prior Scrum knowledge to grasping the framework, with more time to understand the concepts than in option 2. Optionally, the PSM certification exam conducted by Scrum.org can be taken.

It has a duration of 3.5 days, with the option to undertake the examination on the fourth (half) day. It can also be compressed to a duration of 3 days, with the exam option on the afternoon of the third day (less practical exercises).

Seminar agenda:

  • Introduction of participants
     
  • Introduction to Agile Practices & Mindset
     
  • Extended overview of the Scrum Framework, including:
    • - Scrum Artifacts
    • - The Scrum Team
    • - Scrum Events
    • - Scrum Glossary & Values
    • - Further topics & important concepts
       
  • Sample questions
     
  • How to register for the Exam
     
  • Practical exercises
     

Study materials:

  • Handout including Scrum Guide

  • Sample questions (developed for the seminar)

  • Links to PSM exam preparation literature and resources

  • Info sheets and posters for easier memorization

 

Contact us:
  • For an assessment of your opportunities to improve your certification portfolio
  • For information on upcoming public seminars or holding company seminars upon request
  • For general help and support with getting the certifications that are right for you

Please send any enquiries to team@oliverlehmann.com or use our contact form.

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