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PSM II

PSM II

The Professional Scrum Master II certification, commonly known as PSM II, is considered Scrum.org’s advanced level Scrum Master certification.
Those awarded with it are certified:

  • an advanced level of Scrum Mastery
  • an understanding of the underlying principles of Scrum
  • an understanding of the application of Scrum in complex situations

Basic info

  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Questions: 30; multiple-choice, multi-select, true/false
  • Passing score: 85%
  • Number of certification holders: 8,000+

 

ABOUT THE QUESTIONS

While in PSM I, the questions were mostly dealing with direct facts from the Scrum Guide, in PSM II, the question revolve mainly around the application fo Scrum principles to case studies: they describe situations and ask you to identify where the problem likely has its roots and/or what the best approach to solving this is by applying Scrum principles.

The key areas that are addressed by the questions are:

  • the Scrum roles and in particular their respective boundaries of responsibilities
  • self-organization, both of the Scrum Team as well as of the Development Team
  • empiricism
  • the Scrum Values
  • the Definition of Done
  • the role of the Scrum Master as a servant-leader

Most of the questions with multi-select options, i.e. those where many answers are correct, will inform you how many answers to select, for example stating (choose the best three answers). There are, however, also a few questions asking you to “(choose all that apply)”.

HOW TO PREPARE FOR PSM II

PSM II is an advanced exam and while it can be passed well without attending a dedicated PSM II training session, such a session may be helpful in getting a more well-connected overview of the Scrum framework. It will also allow you to revisit the different aspects of the role of the Scrum Master.

Read the Scrum Guide multiple times until you are comfortable with its terminology and the concepts it describes. Special focus should be placed on the sections concerning the topics listed above. For a comprehensive analysis of the Scrum Guide, read The Scrum Guide Explained.

To understand the role of the Scrum Master more thoroughly, especially regarding what is and is not their job with regard to their fellow team members, it is useful to review my book The Definitive Guide to PSM II. It looks at all elements of the Scrum framework with particular emphasis on the accountabilities and stances of a Scrum Master.

Use the practice quiz provided below.

PSM II PRACTICE QUIZ

100

PSM II

1 / 30

Which of the following describes activities of a Scrum Master during a Sprint?

2 / 30

What should a Scrum Master do towards coordination of the development work when multiple Scrum Teams work on a product?

3 / 30

In a scaled Scrum environment, all Scrum Teams must share a definition of “Ready” (DoR). This is a checklist for the Product Owner on what criteria Product Backlog items must fulfill before items may be presented during the Sprint Planning.

4 / 30

A company plans to create four new Scrum Teams to work on a new product together. What steps should a Scrum Master take to ensure the teams will be able to deliver integrated Increments?

5 / 30

Of the following statements about Sprint Goals, which one is INCORRECT?

6 / 30

How should work be distributed in a scaled Scrum environment?

7 / 30

How can a Scrum Master make sure the communication between the Product Owner and the Development Team is effective?

8 / 30

The Development Team proposes holding the Daily Scrum every other day instead of daily. What is the most appropriate reaction of a Scrum Master?

9 / 30

During a Sprint, the Development Team realizes it does not have the necessary tools and infrastructure to get all selected Product Backlog items “Done”. What is the best response for a Scrum Master to give?

10 / 30

Which of the following statements is accurate regaring estimates on Product Backlog items in Scrum.

11 / 30

You are assigned as the Scrum Master for a new Scrum Team that will be created soon. How do you best help the team start?

12 / 30

Scrum Master Marcus is approached by a member of the Development Team who informs him of a potential data security risk. How should Marcus deal with this situation?

13 / 30

Of the following statements, which one is true about the role of the Scrum Master?

14 / 30

What would be the likely effects if an organization chooses to adopt Scrum terminology without a proper understanding of Scrum?

15 / 30

In a scaled Scrum environment, where multiple teams work from the same Product Backlog, they may diverge from the Scrum Guide in some ways.

16 / 30

Joe, a Product Owner of a Scrum Team, has been attending their Daily Scrum. During this, the Development Team have been reporting their progress and work plans to Joe to make him aware of their Sprint progress and what every member of the team is working on.

17 / 30

What is the role of management in Scrum?

18 / 30

Four Development Teams work on the same product and pull work from the same Product Backlog. All of them have identified that Chuck, a security expert, will need to support them in their next Sprints.

How should Marcus, the Scrum Master, proceed in this situation?

19 / 30

Joe is a Product Owner for several products, each with its own Scrum Team and a defined budget.

A new product needs to be developed. For similar products, the average velocity was 60 done units of work every Sprint. Based on this, Joe forecasts that a product will be finished in 10 Sprints. In the first 4 Sprints, however, the Development Team reaches an average velocity of 50 done units each Sprint, while not fully conducting integrations testing. Finishing integration testing would add more required effort to create a shippable increment. The Development Team is not sure if the necessary velocity of 60 can be achieved.

What is the best course of action?

20 / 30

The Scrum Master Marcus is asked to support the creation of six new Scrum Teams, all working on the same product. Marcus explains the need for integrated Increments from the first Sprint. The future team members make a number of suggestions. Which one should Marcus encourage?

21 / 30

Which statement descibes Scrum best?

22 / 30

Which of the following ways to set up Development Teams are most in line with the ideas and values of Scrum?

23 / 30

Joe is joining an existing Scrum Team as a new Product Owner. The existing Scrum Team has worked together for quite a while and the Development Team has gained a good understanding of the product, its functionality and its business aspects. Joe, who is new to the company, is unsure about what his responsibilities are. What are two acceptable ways for you as a Scrum Master to help Joe?

24 / 30

For further development of a product, Joe the Product Owner introduces a new business objective for the next few Sprints. The features to be developed for this deal with sensitive user data, requiring a higher level of non-functional security requirements. What two ways are best to allow for these non-functional requirements to be dealt with?

25 / 30

Marcus is the Scrum Master for four Scrum Teams, all of which are working from the same Product Backlog. The organization’s management wants a standardized calculation of velocity to compare the teams with one another. What response should Marcus provide to the management? (Choose two.)

26 / 30

Development Teams within Scrum should be self-organizing. What two ways are best to identify whether this is the case?

27 / 30

A high-ranking manager in a company new to Scrum is questioning whether all Development Team members really have to attend the Daily Scrum. He is concerned about the already high burden of meetings.
What two outcomes should Marcus, the Scrum Master, explain to him on why the Daily Scrum is crucial?

28 / 30

A company uses Scrum to create six new products. What are the best two options regarding the number of Product Owners?

29 / 30

A company has informed its stakeholders that the first release of their new product will be delivered within nine Sprints. During the sixth Sprint, the Scrum Team realizes it will not be able to meet this deadline with all the features the stakeholders expect. The Product Owner suggests lowering the definition of “Done” to speed up the development progress. The Development Team disagrees, citing concerns about technical debt. How would you as a Scrum Master explain the impact of technical debt to the Product Owner? (Choose two.)

30 / 30

What behaviours are reflective of servant-leadership in a Scrum Master? (Choose two.)

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