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PSPO II

PSPO II

The Professional Scrum Product Owner II certification, commonly known as PSPO II, is Scrum.org’s medium level certification for Product Owner. 
Those awarded with it are certified:

  • an advanced level of Product Ownership
  • an understanding of value maximization and delivery

BASIC INFO

  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Questions: 40; multiple-choice, multi-select, true/false
  • Passing score: 85%
  • Number of certification holders: 1,000+

ABOUT THE QUESTIONS

In PSPO I, the questions deal with direct facts from the Scrum Guide. They focus on the very literal job of the Product Owner in Scrum. In contrast, PSPO II deals with more practical aspects of the Product Owner position. Several of the questions contain small case studies: they describe situations and ask you to identify the best approach to solving this is by applying concepts from Scrum and Evidence-Based Management.

The key areas that are addressed by the questions are:

  • Evidence-Based Management
  • Stakeholder management
  • Product Ownership in scaled environments
  • Value Maximization

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, they will state “(choose the best three answers)”. There are, however, also a few questions asking you to “(choose all that apply)”.

HOW TO PREPARE FOR PSPO II

PSPO II is an advanced exam and while it can be passed well without attending a dedicated PSPO-A 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 Product Owner.

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.

Review the Evidence-Based Management Guide several times until you are comfortable with the terminology, especially the idea of leading vs. lagging indicators and the four Key Value Areas (KVA).

To understand the role of the Product Owner more thoroughly, especially regarding what is and is not their job with regard to stakeholders, it is useful to review the Product Owner Stances. The posts provide an overview over common anti-patterns Product Owners may fall into, as well as better alternative stances for Scrum Masters to take. Furthermore, the Product Owner Maturity Model is helpful to review.

Use the practice quiz provided below.

PSPO II PRACTICE QUIZ

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PSPO II

1 / 30

Upper management approaches you for advice on the following situation: Two Products, A and B, are in different markets.
Product A generates high earnings for your organization and has a high ROI. The Current Value (CV) is high, but the Unrealized Value (UV) is low.
Product B is new, has low Current Value (CV) but high Unrealized Value (UV).
The Product Owner of both products compete for funding for further development. What is the best advice to give to the management? (Select the best answer.)

2 / 30

Which Key Value Area (KVA) is impacted by the Development Team members’ need to switch between tasks and the frequency of them being iterrupted? (Select the best answer.)

3 / 30

Of the following stances of a Product Owner, which are considered preferred? (Select all that apply.)

4 / 30

Business value improvement is a desired outcome of adopting Scrum.

5 / 30

Which of the following can help understand the market potential of a product? (Select the best answer.)

6 / 30

Which of the following is the best measure of whether an agile transformation is effective or not? (Select the best answer.)

7 / 30

Which statement best describes the Sprint Review? (Select the best answer.)

8 / 30

Which of the following describes a desired and realistic outcome of adopting Scrum? (Select the best answer.)

9 / 30

Paul the Product Owner notices sales of his product declining. He also learns that the competitor’s product is increasing in sales. Which Key Value Area (KVA) can assist Paul to analyze the situation and decide on next steps? (Select the best two answers.)

10 / 30

Which of the following measurements may help in understanding why a release is failing to generate the expected revenue? (Select the best answer.)

11 / 30

Which of the following is a desired outcome of applying Evidence-Based Management (EBM)? (Select the best answer.)

12 / 30

Which of the following measures may be helpful in identifying an organization’s improvement potential regarding ability to respond to change? (Select all that apply.)

13 / 30

Experimentation can help a Product Owner to: (Select all that apply.)

14 / 30

Given the current velocity of the Development Team, the Product Owner projects the remaining items to be completed within six Sprints. Will the project deliver the desired impact after these six Sprints? (Select the best answer.)

15 / 30

Team A has an average velocity of 25. Team B has an average velocity of 36. Which team is delivering more value? (Chosoe the best answer.)

16 / 30

Which Key Value Areas (KVA) should you focus on if your recent releases have mostly consisted of minor changes and bug fixes? (Select the best two answers.)

17 / 30

Which of the following types of measures is the most important one to a Product Owner? (Select the best answer.)

18 / 30

Product A has a high user satisfaction score and high market share.
Product B has a low user satisfaction score and low market share, but also few competitors with significant market share in the growing market.

Considering the two products are in two different markets, which product should receive more funding for further development. (Select the best answer.)

19 / 30

Your product is the market leader in its field and you are constantly releasing new features. Customers have noted recently that they cannot adopt the new features as fast as they are being delivered. At the same time your Development Team has noted that the level of technical debt has been rising. What is the best approach in this situation? (Select the best answer.)

20 / 30

Direct interaction with the customers of the product is an effective way for the Product Owner to assess value.

21 / 30

When value is measured infrequently, what type of indicator does it become?

22 / 30

To seize a newly emerged market opportunity, value delivery has to speed up at least temporarily.
Managers are proposing mandatory overtime, others adding new freelance staff, yet others lowering the definition of “Done”.
What is the most appropriate action to take in this situation? (Select the best answer.)

23 / 30

What can help you improve product viability and business value? (Select the best answer.)

24 / 30

Which Key Value Area (KVA) is impacted by the need to support multiple versions of a product, which requires significant time. (Select the best answer.)

25 / 30

How is the role of the Product Owner affected when scaling Scrum? (Select all that apply.)

26 / 30

Which of the following is a benefit of applying Scrum? (Select the best answer.)

27 / 30

Which of the following actions can improve your organization’s Ability to Innovate (A2I)? (Select the best answer.)

28 / 30

The Product Owner has the final decision on whether or not an Increment is “Done”.

29 / 30

How can the use of personas assist in making product decisions? (Select the best answer.)

30 / 30

Which statement best describes the Key Value Area of Current Value (CV)? (Select the best answer.)

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