The Journey of PSM Certification:

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Kanish Singla

10 months ago | 3 min read

It is believed that the PSM III certification from is considered as the toughest Scrum Master certification achievable. At the time of writing only 1.000 Scrum Masters who have earned this award.

The exam is extremely difficult because it has 30 questions, with the majority of them asking for open answers. You will need to write your answer instead of picking the correct one(s) as in PSM I and PSM II. If this seems easy enough, you'll have just two and half hour to complete the task.

These questions are not just strictly theoretical, but they are also focused on using the theories in real-world situations. You can also check out PSM Course if you want the theories in the detailed manner. often requires you to provide real-world examples using your own knowledge, to demonstrate that you're consciously working to apply their principles into action.

I've been an Scrum Manager over about five years at present and was once an Java developer. As I was preparing for the 2020 Covid security lockdown in 2020, I was struck by the necessity to refresh my understanding regarding Scrum and the Scrum structure. That's why I chose to begin my journey to earn PSM I.

After I received an PSM I certification I had the desire to pursue PSM II and finally, I decided to try my hand at PSM III. I wanted to be able to add that "medal" to my professional list of honors. I was convinced that I had enough knowledge and experience and there was no reason to stop me from attempting. Codrigo my employer, provided me with the confidence requiredto concentrate completely on getting this highly sought-after certificate.

In February 2021 I attempted the exam for the first time. It was a bit difficult for me to get an 85% score. The answers I gave were long and I was unable to complete all questions in the stipulated time of (then still) the two-hour mark.

I chose to explore my knowledge of the Scrum framework and the way in which the Scrum Master plays his part inside the structure. With this additional information, I was hoping to be able answer questions shorter and more succinctly on the subsequent exam attempt. The end of May I was convinced that I was prepared to take PSM III. PSM III exam. In the meantime, decided to broaden the time limit of two hours, to two and one-half hours. This was in response to the most recent changes in the Scrum Guide that were earlier released in November of 2020.

In the middle of June, I received a happy news that I had passed successfully the PSM III exam! Of course I was content to have achieved my goal. By writing this blog, I would like to offer anyone who would like to attempt this PSM III certification some practical suggestions and tips to be successful in their endeavor. Below, I'll attempt to give you an outline of the steps I did to prepare myself in preparation for my PSM III exam.

Research and learning

Of course the process begins by studying the Scrum Guide. However, it doesn't end here Try to translate the guide and see how all aspects of Scrum Events and Artifacts are linked to Scrum Values as well as the Inspect and Adapt Principle.

Look for books you think can help you on your journey. For me, ' Scrum Pocket guide to Scrum' from Gunther Verheyen as well as ' Mastering Professional Scrum' from Stephanie Ockerman and Simon Reindl were very useful. Both books provided me with helpful information about the various components of this framework. including Scrum Events Artifacts accountability in a way that is practical.

I also began also to follow certain "Scrumfluencers" ( Gunther Verheyen, Maarten Dalmijn and Agile for Humans) on various Social Media channels (Youtube, Medium, LinkedIn and).

In the end lastly, you must have gone through your ' Scrum Master Learning Path The Scrum Master Learning Path is available on These articles give an insight into the way is thinking about Scrum as well as the significance of the Scrum Master.

During this long marathon of constant learning, you'll regularly go through articles that are almost the same subject that you've already read. After some time, you'll naturally browse these articles more in a different direction, as you will realize you've read about the same subject before. The art for me is in discovering what subjects return frequently and discovering the reasons behind why they happen.


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