Rise of the Agilista?

Agilista - according to the urban dictionary (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Agilista) is a practitioner of agile software development who is fanatical about following the Agile Manifesto.

Well, that’s not exactly what I became (yet?), but yesterday I’ve passed successfully the Professional Scrum Master I assessment and I’ve been awarded a PSM I certificate - who knows what’ll happen next :).
Few interesting things I’d like to share:
  1. Exam questions were not that hard. Maybe 5 of them were really challenging and 10 more required a moment of consideration. The rest was pretty straightforward (if you’re familiar with Scrum), at least for me.
  2. What makes the exam quite hard is the high acceptance threshold - 85%. I’ve found the time available (80 questions in 60 minutes) sufficient for both answering and review
  3. About my preparation approach - I didn’t take any classroom training, I’ve just read a lot of articles, few books (you can find their titles listed below) and I’ve done some investigation within the topics that interested me particularly (contractual issues, self-managing teams in practice, acceptance, etc.).
  4. Some of the questions were taken directly from Scrum Open Assessment, so don’t forget about trying it before the actual PSM I assessment.
  5. The most challenging questions (IMHO) were related to:
    1. when Scrum Master facilitation starts to interfere with Development Team’s self-management
    2. how to efficiently aid the communication between Product Owner and Development Team
    3. how far can you “bend” the basic rules (for instance: less than 100% involvement of Scrum Master)
  6. If you check the list of PSM I certified people (I should appear there within 2 weeks), you’ll see that it is 172 pages long. But if you check the PSM II certified people list, you’ll find out that it’s 4 pages only! One of the reason’s may be the assessment price (100 USD vs 500 USD), but I still believe that the difficulty factor may be an important factor here. I’ve already started to feel the pressure the accept the challenge for PSM II :)
The list of Scrum-related books I’ve read prior to the assessment:
Ah, well, I didn’t write down my score yet. It was 96% (78/81 pts). The interesting thing is that even if there were 80 questions, you can get 81 pts out of them.

Sebastian Gebski

About Sebastian Gebski

Geek, agilista, blogger, codefella, serial reader. In the daylight - I lead software delivery. #lean #dotnet #webdev #elixir. I speak here for myself only.