Over eight years passed since I took the first of scrum.org’s assessments. This sunday eve I was like renewing the PSM I certification. To be honest, I still think it’s not an easy one. Of course I passed, but it took me 49 minutes (out of 60) to answer 80 questions with a score of 98.8% anyway.
After visiting the recently released »Professional Scrum Product Owner Advanced« training two weeks ago, I used the included voucher for the »Professional Scrum Product Owner II« certification this very afternoon. As always, the training is not a precondition for the certification, and the questions asked are not directly linked to the training’s content. On the other hand, the training helped me to focus for two days on core Product Owner duties. Thus it helped me to get the certification anyway.
I passed in 59′ with a ratio of 89.8 % of correct answers. Since this certification level is completely new (the former II now became III), I’m currently one of just 78 certificate holders :) .
After a training with Steve Porter, whom I really can recommend as an instructor, I passed the PSK I exam yesterday:
Assessment: Professional Scrum with Kanban (PSK I)
Date Completed: Jun 20 2018 9:43:03 PM GMT
Score: 97.0% (98 points scored out of 101 maximum points)
Usually I entitle some of my colleagues as »Nerds«. Now it’s up to them :) .
Today I left the project I was working on for almost four years. I got to know numerous people, and I learned to apprecciate many of them. Thank you and cu :) .
After 8 years of Scrum experience, PSM II certification was long overdue. I just passed in 75′ with a score of 88,2% this very morning.
And as I was at it, I finished the PSPO I certification this very eve (47′, 92%).
Recently I attended a PSM training with Ken Schwaber. Part of the contract was one free attempt of scrum.org’s Professional Scrum Master I Assessment, which I successfully passed yesterday. It consists of 80 multiple choice questions, and the timebox is 60 minutes. To gain the certificate, the rate of correctly answered questions must be better than 85%. IMO you won’t pass the test in case you do not really share an agile mindset, which is required to answer some of the questions. In case you got interested, there’s the Scrum Open Assessment which asks 30 questions in 60 minutes (which I finished in 17 minutes).
While writing this posting, scrum.org sent me the logo (see above), the certificate, and put my name on the stack. For me, two years after I introduced Scrum at my current employer’s, it’s just one minor step while learning more about product management, project management, agile software development (including Scrum, of course), and adjacent topics.
Inspect and Adapt
So what’s next? The more I learn, the more I want to learn even more. The next stack of books already is sitting on my couch, and I really enjoy the journey to grow my agile capabilities. The future will prove whether I will find opportunities to make good use of them.