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PSM I

PSM I

The Professional Scrum Master I certification, commonly known as PSM I, is Scrum.org’s most common certification. 
Those awarded with it are certified:

  • a fundamental understanding of Scrum
  • consistent use of its terminology

BASIC INFO

  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Questions: 80; multiple-choice, multi-select, true/false
  • Passing score: 85%
  • Number of certification holders: 300,000+

ABOUT THE QUESTIONS

In PSM I, the question revolve primarily around the immediate and literal understanding of the Scrum framework as described in the Scrum Guide. It focusses particularly on the roles within a Scrum Team and the Scrum Events. It also checks one’s familiarity with Scrum-related terminology like “time-box” and “empiricism”.

Almost all questions in PSM I have clear answers based directly on the Scrum Guide. Only a few questions require abstract knowledge transfer.

Questions with multi-select options, i.e. those where many answers are correct, will inform you how many answers to select. They will for example state “(choose the best three answers)”.

HOW TO PREPARE FOR PSM I

PSM I is a basic exam and one can pass it well without attending a dedicated PSM I training session, for example by preparing with my book, which contains all the necessary preparations for the exam.

Read the Scrum Guide a few times until you are comfortable with its terminology and the concepts it describes. One should place a special focus on the roles, artifacts, and events. Additionally, reviewing the Scrum Glossary is recommended.

Take the free Scrum Open assessment. The questions presented in it are part of the exam pool for the PSM 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.

Use the practice quiz provided below.

PSM I PRACTICE QUIZ

 

 

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PSM I

1 / 80

Which of the following statements are NOT correct about time-boxing. (Choose two answers.)

2 / 80

Which of the following is the correct time-box for the Sprint Planning of a two week Sprint?

3 / 80

What is the appropriate action for a Development Team to take, if it does not understand a functional requirement?

4 / 80

What it the appropriate action for a Development Team to take if it realizes it has selected too much during the Sprint?

5 / 80

What is the responsibility of the Development Team during Sprint 1?

6 / 80

What activities are performed by the Product Owner during Sprint 0?

7 / 80

What type of process control is at the basis of Scrum?

8 / 80

An increase in velocity is equal to an increase in value delivered.

9 / 80

Scrum suggests that the Product Backlog refinement should not take more than 10% of the Product Owner’s time.

10 / 80

Which statement is correct about five Scrum Teams working on one product?

11 / 80

When multiple teams work on the same product, who is responsible for the integration of work into one Increment?

12 / 80

What part does the Product Owner play in the creation of the Sprint Goal?

13 / 80

Which event does a Sprint begin with?

14 / 80

When a project is riskier, Sprints should be longer.

15 / 80

During the Sprint Planning, the Development Team commits to delivering the Product Backlog items in the Sprint Backlog.

16 / 80

The Sprint Planning provides multiple outputs. Which of the following in an output that provides the Development Team with a direction for the Sprint?

17 / 80

Which of the following statements does NOT describe an advantage provided by using Scrum?

18 / 80

A Product Owner may transfer some of their accountabiliy to members of the Development Team.

19 / 80

Which of the following is the event most appropriate to inspect and possibly adapt the definition of “Done”?

20 / 80

Which of the following topics should be addressed in the Sprint Retrospective?

21 / 80

Which of the following statements is true about transparency?

22 / 80

How do changes in the end users’ environments affect the Product Backlog?

23 / 80

How much work is necessary to turn a Sprint Backlog item to done.

24 / 80

Which of the following statement is NOT correct about Scrum?

25 / 80

Which of the following are common outcomes of Daily Scrums? (Choose two answers.)

26 / 80

Which of the following is the least appropriate behavior of a Scrum Master?

27 / 80

The self-organization of the Development Team includes the possiblility to remove Scrum Events from their Sprints.

28 / 80

The Product Owner is using burn-up charts instead of burn-down charts. What would be your response as the Scrum Master?

29 / 80

Which of the following is not a responsibility of members of the Development Team?

30 / 80

What is the purpose of the Sprint Review?

31 / 80

When multiple Scrum Teams work on the same product, each team should have a separate Product Owner.

32 / 80

Which of the following two statements are accurate about technical debt? (Choose two answers.)

33 / 80

What event triggers the beginning of a new Sprint?

34 / 80

Which role in Scrum acts as a facilitator and coach?

35 / 80

The Product Owner doesn’t spend enough time on the project. Which of the following options is the best thing for the Scrum Master to do about this?

36 / 80

Which of the following describes the activities of a Product Owner during Sprint 0?

37 / 80

How are architecture and infrastructure handled in Scrum?

38 / 80

A Scrum Master observes problems in the collaboration of the Product Owner with the Development Team. What action is appropriate?

39 / 80

Which of the following descibes the optimal length of a Sprint?

40 / 80

Who’s responsible for Gantt Charts in Scrum?

41 / 80

Which of the following artifacts contains a plan for realizing the Sprint Goal?

42 / 80

What is the Scrum Master’s responsibility during a Sprint Retrospective?

43 / 80

Which of the following is the most appropriate statement about what cross-functionality in a Development Team means?

44 / 80

Who is responsible for updating the Sprint Backlog?

45 / 80

What does the trendline in a release burndown chart indicate?

46 / 80

When multiple Scrum Teams work on the same product, they pull work from the same Product Backlog.

47 / 80

Burn-down charts are a mandatory practice for Scrum Teams.

48 / 80

Which two statements are correct during the Sprint?

49 / 80

Who is responsible for the proper understanding of Product Backlog items?

50 / 80

Which of the following is the correct time-box for the Sprint Review?

51 / 80

A new Product Owner is hired to work on an existing product that has ongoing for five Sprints. They are unsure about all of the responsibilities of a Product Owner. Which of these Product Owner activities are defined in Scrum?

52 / 80

Which of the following statements are correct about the Sprint Retrospective? (Choose two answers.)

53 / 80

Which of the following is not time-boxed according to the Scrum Guide?

54 / 80

Who is responsible for estimating the Product Backlog items?

55 / 80

Which of the following describes a valid service from the Scrum Master to the Product Owner? (Choose the best answer.)

56 / 80

Who assigns tasks to individual members of the Development Team?

57 / 80

A Product Owner is concerned about the quality level provided by the Development Team’s definition of “Done”. What is the best approach for the Product Owner to take?

58 / 80

What happens to “Done” Product Backlog items when a Sprint is cancelled?

59 / 80

Product Backlog items may include test descriptions, which must be fulfilled for an item to be “Done”.

60 / 80

A self-organizing Development Team is free to not hold Daily Scrums.

61 / 80

The Scrum Team gathers stakeholder feedback exclusively during the Sprint Review.

62 / 80

Which of the following statements is true regarding the duration of a Sprint?

63 / 80

Which of the following is not a role recognized by Scrum?

64 / 80

Only the Scrum Team may attend the Sprint Planning.

65 / 80

When multiple Scrum teams are working on the same product, they are responsible for delivering one integrated, “Done” Increment.

66 / 80

A new Sprint starts immediately after the previous Sprint.

67 / 80

What is the maximum amount of time permitted between the end of a Sprint and the beginning of the next one?

68 / 80

Which of the following statements are correct about un-“Done” items in the Sprint Backlog in the end of the Sprint? (Choose two answers.)

69 / 80

During the Sprint Planning, the Scrum Team discovers that the Product Backlog is not properly refined. What is the time-box for the Sprint Planning is such a case?

70 / 80

The purpose of the Daily Scrum is for the Development Team to provide an update to the Product Owner.

71 / 80

What activities are performed by the Product Owner in-between Sprints?

72 / 80

Which of the following statements is most appropriate regarding how often membership in the Development Team should change?

73 / 80

What does the vertical axis of a burn-down chart represent?

74 / 80

Stakeholders should by default be invited to the Sprint Retrospective.

75 / 80

During the Sprint, the Development Team realizes it cannot deliver all items in the Sprint Backlog. Who is responsible for readjusting the scope of the Sprint Backlog?

76 / 80

What is the role of management towards the Scrum Team?

77 / 80

Agility is the ability for organizations to respond to change rapidly.

78 / 80

Which of the following statements best describes iterative development?

79 / 80

The Product Owner and Scrum Master may not be part of the Development Team.

80 / 80

The Product Owner is responsible for the definition of “Done”.

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