How I Passed Scrum Master Certification

By June 3, 2018June 14th, 2018Agile, Development

Work in progress as of 3 June 2018… please don’t judge yet

Bother to become scrum certified with First and foremost, I believe in self reliance and not needing to go through “a course”.  Secondly, going through a certification process forces you to get uncomfortable and challenge what you know.  If you aren’t familiar with vs scrum alliance, please check out our previous article to see why I chose

I have been through training years ago and ran several projects with ease.  I sat down and took this assessment after spending $150.

My Results

Name PSM I
Description Professional Scrum Master I Assessment

Thank you for taking the PSM I Assessment. We regret that you did not receive the minimum passing score of 85%. An e-mail contining your score will be sent to you.

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Scrum on, Ken Schwaber

57 points scored (or 71.3%) out of 80 maximum points

(a score of 85.0% or greater is needed to pass this test)

From Failure To Success

As a minor perfectionist, my first reaction was to go through the normal steps of failing.  Blame, sadness, self loathing, angry, and then acceptance.  This cycle took about 2 minutes and now I have to solve it.  But what is the best way to do that?  Read.

All Hail Chandini Paterson!

I have never met Chandini Paterson per se, but I loved one of his posts where he outlined what he studied to pass the certification test in a community forum.  I am going to outline those steps and put some time to them.  His study technique was as follows:

– Reading the Scrum Guide and understanding the concepts
– Taking the Scrum Open assessments.

Time Boxing Prep Work – The Plan

One of the most important things you can do is put a plan in place to execute.  Following the book “Deep Work”, am going to block off every morning for 90 minutes a day starting at 5am.  In 2 weeks time, I should be able to get in 10×1.5 minutes = 15 hours of prep time.  This seems a little extreme, but getting this certification would make that all the more worthwhile. The other options is to spend 4 hours commuting back and forth over two 9 hour days for a total of 22 hours.

The Scrum Guide

You can download it from either Bytelion or

Total Pages = 19.  Total read time = ?


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