Certification Industry: Agile
Certificate Name: Professional Scrum with Kanban (PSK-I)
Certificate Issuing Authority: Scrum.org
Certification Price: $200 USD
Certificate Validity: 2 Years
Professional Scrum with Kanban (PSK-I) assessment is available to those people who wish to approve their knowledge of how Scrum personnel can use Scrum with Kanban ability to support value creation and delivery of the project.
Professional Scrum with Kanban (PSK-I) certification will ensure the person understand how Scrum Teams can use Kanban. Many questions that are asked make the test-taker to think about or interpret the meaning from the Kanban Guide for Scrum Teams and the Scrum Guide and/or to apply content from the PSK subject areas and in some cases, apply their own experience or their creativity. This will ensure the recipient is competent for the industry one is in.
If one passes the PSK I assessment one will receive the industry-recognized "PSK I" certification, along with a PSK I ‘logo’ that one can use to identify one’s achievement and flaunt in front of friends and make an impression on whoever will be searching for you on Scrum.org. In addition, your name will be listed on Scrum.org.
Passing score: 85%
Time limit: 60 minutes
Number of Questions: 45
Format: Multiple Choice, Multiple Answer, and True/False
Difficulty: Intermediate Language: English only
PSK I Certification - How to prepare
I have recently passed my PSK I certification, however, I took the training provided by Scrum.org. Professional Scrum with Kanban: https://www.scrum.org/courses/professional-scrum-with-kanban-training. I have some practical experience with Kanban but not a lot.
In case you are concerned with the fact that English is your second language, I want to put your mind at ease. English is my second language too. I cannot say that there was anything in the exam that might pose an issue to a non-native speaker.
The exam consists of 45 questions and the exam’s duration is 60 minutes. You need to obtain a score of at least 85% to pass the exam.
Exam Level of Difficulty
If your expectation is to pass, then I would categorize the exam as medium difficulty. If you expect though to get a score in the 90%’s, then I would say that it is very hard.
One needs to have at least the knowledge and practice of Scrum equivalent to a PSM I and a basic understanding or practice of Kanban.
What does the exam test?
· Your knowledge of the Scrum framework (roles, events and artifacts) as well as additional related concepts described in the Scrum Guide.
· Your knowledge of the Kanban practices listed in the Kanban Guide for Scrum Teams.
· Your knowledge of how Scrum and Kanban can be used together for greater benefit without compromising the core principles of either Scrum or Kanban.
· Your understanding of the agile metrics for Kanban and how to use them effectively. A relatively deep knowledge of lean metrics is expected.
Materials/Resources you can use to prepare:
· The Scrum Guide: https://www.scrumguides.org/
· The Kanban Guide for Scrum teams at Scrum.org: https://www.scrum.org/resources/kanban-guide-scrum-teams
· "Actionable Agile Metrics for Predictability: An Introduction" book by Daniel Vacanti. In my case, reading the book helped me a lot.
· A Scrum Primer for Kanban teams: https://www.scrum.org/resources/blog/scrum-primer-kanban-teams
· A Kanban Primer for Scrum teams: https://www.scrum.org/resources/blog/kanban-primer-scrum-teams
· Scrum with Kanban: https://www.scrum.org/resources/blog/scrum-kanban-building-bridges-not-walls
· 4 Key Flow Metrics https://www.scrum.org/resources/blog/4-key-flow-metrics-and-how-use-them-scrums-events
· Limiting Work in Progress (WIP) in Scrum with Kanban - What / When / Who / How https://www.scrum.org/resources/blog/limiting-work-progress-wip-scrum-kanban-what-when-who-how
· Little’s Law for Professional Scrum with Kanban - https://www.scrum.org/resources/littles-law-professional-scrum-kanban
· Take the Scrum Open Exam at Scrum.org a couple of times: https://www.scrum.org/open-assessments/scrum-open
· Take the Scrum with Kanban Open Exam at Scrum.org a couple of times: https://www.scrum.org/open-assessments/scrum-kanban-open
· Another site I found helpful is Simon Kneafsey’s site (PST at Scrum.org): https://www.thescrummaster.co.uk/how-to-pass-scrum-org-assessments/
Additional resources on how to pass the exam:
I hope this helps. Good luck on the exam!