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PSK I

PSK I

The Professional Scrum with Kanban certification, commonly known as PSK I, is Scrum.org’s certification regarding the application of Kanban practices to Scrum.
Those awarded with it are certified:

  • a fundamental understanding of applying Kanban principles to Scrum Teams
  • an understanding of the benefits this can yield

BASIC INFO

  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Questions: 45; multiple-choice, multi-select, true/false
  • Passing score: 85%
  • Number of certification holders: 1,900+

ABOUT THE QUESTIONS

The questions on the PSK I exam consist of roughly the following two categories:

  • Understanding of the Kanban metrics and practices, such as Cycle Time and WIP limits
  • Understanding of the effects of applying Kanban practices and metrics to an existing Scrum environment

HOW TO PREPARE FOR PSK

PSK I is a Level I exam. It does however require a solid understanding of Kanban practices and metrics. As with all Scrum.org exams, it is possible to pass the PSK I exam without attending a dedicated training session. Attending a Kanban training, specifically KMP1, can be helpful to understand the metrics and practices of Kanban.

To prepare for the exam, the following actions are recommended:

  • Read the Scrum Guide multiple times until you are confident in your understanding of its terminology and the concepts it describes. Special focus should be placed on the roles, artifacts, and events. For assistance in understanding the Scrum Guide, my book may be helpful.
  • Read the Kanban Guide for Scrum Teams multiple times until you are comfortable with its terminology and concepts.
  • Read the paper Little’s Law for Professional Scrum with Kanban multiple times until you fully understand Little’s Law and its effects on WIP.
  • Take the free Scrum with Kanban Open assessment. The questions presented in it are part of the exam pool for the PSK I and representative of the questions overall in terms of formulation and style. A good rule of thumb is to practice it enough until you can pass it with a perfect score three times in a row, using less than 10 minutes each time.
  • If you are new to Scrum, take the free Scrum Open assessment until you can pass it with a perfect score three times in a row, using less than 10 minutes each time.
  • Use the practice quiz provided below.

PSK I PRACTICE QUIZ

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PSK I

1 / 45

As per Little’s Law, WIP is proportional to Cycle Time.

2 / 45

Which flow based event adds the inspection of flow metrics and analytics to help determine what improvements the Scrum Team can make to its processes?

3 / 45

Which of the following are valid uses for a work item’s Cycle Time metric? (Choose the best three answers.)

4 / 45

The SLE should be based on the Scrum Team’s historical cycle time.

5 / 45

The Service Level Expectation (SLE) contains at least two parts: a period of time and an associated probability.

6 / 45

What actions can a Scrum Team take if the cycle times are too long?

7 / 45

Which three statements best describe a Scrum Team’s definition of “Workflow”? (Choose the best three answers.)

8 / 45

At the Sprint Planning of their first Sprint, the Scrum Team has no SLE, what should the team do?

9 / 45

Which of the following four are considered the basic metrics of flow when using Scrum with Kanban? (Choose four answers.)

10 / 45

During the Daily Scrum, which metric is primarily inspected for tracking flow?

11 / 45

The Developers have ownership of the definition of “Workflow” regardless of whether it encompasses flow inside and/or outside of the Sprint.

12 / 45

Which of the following statements about the definition of “Workflow” are correct? (Choose all that apply)

13 / 45

Overall efficiency is guaranteed to increase when batch sizes are reduced.

14 / 45

Which of the following charts is best suited to determine when a specific item in progress will likely be finished? (Choose the best answer.)

15 / 45

Which of the following statements best describes “flow” as understood in Kanban? (Choose the best answer.)

16 / 45

The Sprint length can be considered equivalent to the batch size of Scrum with Kanban.

17 / 45

Throughput is the key measure for how frequently inspection and adaptation can take place.

18 / 45

The Work Item Aging chart displays how long ago each item was pulled into its first “work in progress” stage.

19 / 45

Which of the following describe ways in which applying Kanban can enhance the Scrum Team’s ability to deliver value? (Choose the best two answers.)

20 / 45

Who is responsible for crafting the Sprint Goal?

21 / 45

What is the most appropriate action to take for a Developer once a WIP limit is reached in one of the workflow stages? (Choose the best answer.)

22 / 45

A flow based Sprint Review inspects and adapts the flow of value.

23 / 45

Which of the Kanban metrics are most useful in the Daily Scrum? (Choose the best two answers.)

24 / 45

Under Scrum with Kanban, the Scrum Master defines the WIP limits.

25 / 45

Which of the following statements describes the cross-functionality of a team?

26 / 45

Which of the following is described as the essence of Scrum?

27 / 45

Which of the following metrics is most influential during the flow based Sprint Planning? (Choose the best answer.)

28 / 45

Which of the following statements best describes the Work Item Age? (Choose the best answer.)

29 / 45

Little’s Law states that to the average cycle time is equal to the average throughput divided by the average work in progress (WIP).

30 / 45

Which of the following most accurately describes “flow” in Scrum with Kanban?

31 / 45

Which of the following statements is accurate about the Developers deciding to allocate an amount of their capacity to unplanned work? (Choose the best answer.)

32 / 45

A Scrum Team’s workflow is the team’s policy for how items move through different states towards “Done”.

33 / 45

In Kanban, the limits should apply to the number of value-generating work items, rather than to their respective sub-tasks.

34 / 45

Which of the following is required by Scrum? (Choose one answer.)

35 / 45

An increment is a body of inspectable, done work that supports empiricism at the end of the Sprint.

36 / 45

Which of the following metrics is likely considered during a Sprint Retrospective of a team using Scrum with Kanban? (Choose the best answer.)

37 / 45

How can Work in Progress (WIP) limits help a Scrum Team? (Choose the best answer.)

38 / 45

Should the development team actively manage the Work Items in progress? (Choose the best answer.)

39 / 45

Which of the following statements best describes the Service Level Expectation (SLE)?

40 / 45

Which of the following statements accurately describe the relationship between Sprint and Kanban? (Choose the best two answers.)

41 / 45

A Cycle Time Scatterplot can help you visualize which of the following? (Choose the best answer.)

42 / 45

In Scrum with Kanban, is “WIP Limit” considered an optional practice?

43 / 45

What is the most appropriate occasion for the Scrum Team to make policy changes to their Work in Progress (WIP) limits? (Choose the best answer.)

44 / 45

Which of the following is an example of an existing Work in Progress (WIP) limit in Scrum?

45 / 45

Using Scrum with Kanban removes the need for the role of the Scrum Master.

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