Saturday, 17 February 2018

How to prepare for PSM III exam?

After PSM II certification in May last year, I decided to continue my agile journey, invest additional time and energy in knowledge and practice of Scrum, and to sit for PSM III exam. I am very happy and excited to say that I got successfully certified!

Scrum.org considers PSM III certificate holders to have distinguished knowledge of Scrum, ability to apply Scrum in variety of complex team and organisational situations, and additionally that they can mentor and coach people or teams who are adopting Scrum. So I was very proud to become one of the first 500 PSM III certificate holders worldwide.

When I started with preparation, I found very few useful resources with experiences of people who actually prepared and passed this exam. So if you want to sit for PSM III, I hope this post will help you to navigate more easily.


The official information about duration, type of questions etc can be found here: https://www.scrum.org/professional-scrum-master-iii-certification.

One thing to keep in mind is that somewhere in 2006. assessment family changed from two to three levels, so it may happen that some information you find about PSM II online, now actually apply to PSM III. This is explained in details in the following post: https://www.scrum.org/resources/blog/introducing-new-psm-assessment-family 

Two links I found useful (although partially outdated) are also clarification on the format of essay questions https://www.scrum.org/forum/scrum-forum/6377/sample-essay-type-questions-psm-ii#6257, and this one https://webgate.ltd.uk/pass-professional-scrum-master-ii-psm-ii-assessment/

What I did for my preparation was a specific mix of activities and situations I encountered, and is not guarantee or receipt for passing the exam. But I hope it can be helpful and give some kind of hint for all of you who wonder where to start and how to organise yourself while preparing.

In the short what I did was:




Exam itself is indeed challenging, time is short (especially if English is not your native language) and passing score is high. But with enthusiasm, good preparation and a lot of practice you can succeed! 


For me it was a first attempt and I was successful with score 90%. And it was definitely a very exciting journey to this success :) I strongly recommend to everyone interested in the field of agile coaching to go for it!

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