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How I became a certified Scrum Master in 3 days

September 11, 2020 - 3 min read

I wrote this guide to share exactly how I studied and passed the Professional Scrum Master I certification, and how you can too. Let’s get started!

What is Scrum?

Scrum is a framework that helps teams work together to solve a complex problem. It’s primarily used in software development and encourages teams to self-organize, keep progress transparent, and continuously plan, reflect, and adapt.

Whether you’re just learning what scrum and agile mean for the first time, or you already work in a team that uses these principles, it may be worth it to get scrum master certified to both learn these principles and prove your knowledge to employers. My goal for taking it was to get familiar with the agile methodology and serve as an accomplishment on my resume for job hunting.

This certification costs $150, has no requirements, and is taken online.

Note that the certification I passed was the PSM I certification, not the CSM. They are different - I generally recommend the PSM as it doesn’t require you to complete an expensive training like the CSM.

My Process

I dedicated three days for studying - here is everything I did to study for the exam broken down by day. I spent 4-5 hours per day on these tasks.

Day 1

  • Read the Scrum Guide, an 18 page document written by the founders of Scrum. This is the main document that the exam is based on
  • Re-read the Scrum Guide, taking detailed notes this time
  • Go over the Scrum glossary and take notes. These terms are referred to in the exam so make sure you know them

Day 2

  • Review Scrum Guide notes
  • Review Scrum Glossary notes
  • Do the Scrum Open Assessment. This is a 30 question practice exam from the official Scrum organization [Scored 75%]
  • Do Mikhail Lapshin’s practice quiz in learning mode [Scored 78%]
  • Do Mikhail Lapshin’s practice quiz in real mode [Scored 93%]
  • Valentin Depsa’s Udemy Course, sections 1-9. This was great to visualize the material from the Scrum Guide and see it in practice
  • Valentin Depsa’s practice exam #1 [Scored 85%]

Day 3

  • Review Scrum Guide notes
  • Review Scrum Glossary notes
  • Review notes from practice exams
  • Valentin Depsa’s practice exam #2 [Scored 82%]
  • Do the Scrum Open Assessment a second time [Scored 92% this time]
  • Take the exam [passed with 97.5%]

Tips for the exam

If you follow what I did, you’ll be more than ready for the exam. Here are a few additional thoughts I want to stress:

  • Look over your notes each day to reinforce the material
  • Note what questions you got wrong from practice exams (either in flashcards or jot them down) to review so you don’t make the same mistakes on your certification
  • The main material of the exam is the Scrum Guide. I highly recommend reading this at least 2-3 times and knowing it well

Conclusion

You now have all the tools and resources you need, along with a detailed process you can follow or refer to. Go get that certification!


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