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PSM II Tip: What does effective self-organization require?

PSM II certification holders best know underlying principles of Scrum for example effective self-organization. You can deeply understand it here.

Effective self-organization requires three things: shared goals, clear accountabilities, and boundaries. Without having each of them, self-organization cannot get flourished and be effective.

Shared Goals

In Scrum, a shared goal shows itself through Sprint Goal. A Sprint Goal brings cohesion to the team. Indeed, it is a powerful mechanism for the Development Team to negotiate about the work scope with the Product Owner throughout the Sprint. They need something toward which they can strive and stretch, and an achievement against which they can measure themselves.

Shared goals usually start with the goals for the product, expressed in terms of a clearly articulated business strategy, a well-defined product vision, a clear understanding of customer value, and a clear way to measure it. All of these aspects provide guidance that helps teams see where they are headed and what is important.

The Sprint Goal is also important and provides a comprehensive purpose or objective for the Scrum Team while conducting the Sprint. It provides focus as the team uncovers new information and encounters challenges while building the Increment during the Sprint. You can look at Sprint Goals as the waypoints that make up the path to meet bigger, longer-term release or business goals.

Like soccer game that all players try and help each other to hit goals, Sprint Goals bring an opportunity for the team to collaborate together to hit the business goals. Finally, Sprint Goals align the Development Team members and motivate them to help each other and work toward shared objectives.

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Clear Accountability

As we know, Scrum defines only three roles for a Scrum Team (Product Owner, Scrum Master, and Development Team). These three roles bring clear accountability for having effective self-organization. It provides clear accountabilities for each role. The organization must respect these accountabilities. This means ensuring Scrum Team members are given the authority to fulfill their roles. Team members also need the knowledge and skills to fulfill their accountabilities. This may require an investment in knowledge transfer and training. It may also mean giving people access to information to help guide decisions.

Boundaries

The Scrum Framework, including its 11 elements and the rules that bind them together, provides boundaries that make it “safe” for the Scrum Team to self-organize. By “safe,” we mean that the risk of failure is reduced and the cost of failure is limited.

Time-boxes in Scrum are an example of boundaries that provide focus, create a sense of urgency, reduce waste, and limit risk. Consider how the use of time-boxes is providing these benefits to the team or where their benefits may be lacking.

A “Done” Increment is required at least by the end of a Sprint, and a definition of “Done” provides a clear boundary of what quality and completeness mean to a Development Team. Note that an organization may have a minimum baseline definition of “Done”—this is an example of the organization setting the minimal boundary that a Development Team can then build upon.

Conclusion

To sum up, if you want to have and experience high-level self-organization, you should deliberately work to enhance and boost the three above-mentioned factors. Work with your team members to be comfortable with goals and learn how to live with shared goals. Motivate team players to embrace their accountabilities, improve themselves regarding their roles, and even help their teammates to get more capable about their accountabilities. Finally, teach the team to work on the edge of their potentials within the boundaries. All these will bring effective self-organization that everybody dreams to be part of such teams.

References:

Mastering Professional Scrum by Stephanie Ockerman, Simon Reindl

Scrum School: Empowering Scrum Practitioners

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Preparation guide for the PSM III exam

PSM III exam is expensive and most challenging, so we have provided a guide for the candidates to prepare, practice and pass it according to our experience.

Professional Scrum Master III

Scrum.org exams and in this case PSM III exam are challenging and expensive. So people want to know how they can pass these exams with more confidence. Therefore, we have decided to prepare a series of preparation guides for the Scrum.org exams.
Each guide contains minimum mandatory actions that should be done for passing the exam in a suitable time. The PSM III exam is an essay-based exam and the most difficult one in the Scrum world. So, don’t take the exam before complete preparation.
In this post, we will introduce the PSM III exam (Professional Scrum Master III) step by step preparation guide as follows:

Main Materials

  1. Read “The Scrum Guide” carefully word by word
  2. “Mastering Professional Scrum” book by Stephanie Ockerman and Simon Reindl
  3. “Fixing Your Scrum” book by Ryan Ripley and Todd Miller
  4. “Scrum A Pocket Guide” book by Gunther Verheyen
  5. “Scrum Insights for Practitioners: The Scrum Guide Companion” book by Hiren Doshi
  6. Coaching Agile Teams” book by Lyssa Adkins
  7. “The Professional Product Owner: Leveraging Scrum as a Competitive Advantage” book by Don McGreal and Ralph Jocham
  8. The Scrum Values” blog post by Gunther Verheyen

Books and Articles

  1. Read “The Nexus Guide” carefully
  2. Read all materials of the Scrum Master Learning Path
  3. “Software in 30 days” book by Ken Schwaber
  4. “The five dysfunctions of a team” book by Patrick Lencioni
  5. “Extreme Ownership” book by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
  6. The Scrum Glossary
  7. There’s Value in the Scrum Values” blog post by Gunther Verheyen
  8. 4 Ways to Coach with the Scrum Values” blog post by Stephanie Ockerman
  9. Definition of Done” blog post by Gunther Verheyen
  10. Read the ” Evidence-Based Management (EBM)”

Complementary Materials

  1. Check your knowledge by Professional Scrum Master III (PSM III) practice assessment on theScrumMaster.co.uk website by Simon Kneafsey
  2. It is recommended to participate in a two-day PSM I course
  3. Do all scrum open tests (scrum, product owner, developer, Nexus)
  4. Time management is one of the most important things that you should practice a lot.
  5. Be in your highest energy state when you want to take the exam
  6. Read ScrumSchool.team Scrum Master tips and tricks training manual
  7. The PSM III exam format is a combination of multiple-choice and essay questions and most of them are essay questions, so read Scrum open questions and write answers for them on a paper and practice it a lot. Because of the time limit, you should not write a lot, instead, try to answer just to the point with a few sentences.

Good Lock!

Related posts:

1- Preparation guide for the PSM I exam (Professional Scrum Master)

2- Preparation guide for the PSD I exam (Professional Scrum Developer)

3- Preparation guide for the PSPO I exam (Professional Scrum Product Owner)

4- Preparation guide for the PSM II exam (Professional Scrum Master II)

5- Preparation guide for the PAL I exam (Professional Agile Leadership I)

6- Preparation guide for the PSK I exam (Professional Scrum with Kanban I)

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Preparation guide for the PSM II exam

PSM II exam is a bit expensive, so we have provided a guide for the candidates to prepare, practice and pass it according to our experience.

Professional Scrum Master II

Scrum.org exams and in this case PSM II exam are challenging and a little bit expensive. So people want to know how they can pass these exams with more confidence. Therefore, we have decided to prepare a series of preparation guides for the Scrum.org exams.
Each guide contains minimum mandatory actions that should be done for passing the exam in a suitable timeframe. When we compare PSM II with PSM I, we should say level II is exponentially harder than level I. So, don’t take the exam before complete preparation.
In this post, we will introduce the PSM II exam (Professional Scrum Master II) step by step preparation guide as follows:

Books and Articles

  1. Read “The Scrum Guide” carefully word by word
  2. Read “The Nexus Guide” carefully
  3. Coaching Agile Teams” book by Lyssa Adkins
  4. Agile Retrospectives” book by Esther Derby
  5. Scrum Mastery” book by Geoff Watts
  6. Agile Estimating and Planning” book by Mike Cohn
  7. User Stories Applied” book by Mike Cohn
  8. Read all posts about PSM II in Scrum.org forum
  9. The Scrum Values” blog post by Gunther Verheyen
  10. There’s Value in the Scrum Values” blog post by Gunther Verheyen
  11. 5 Metaphors to Explore the Value of Scrum Values” blog post by Naghesh Sharma
  12. 4 Ways to Coach with the Scrum Values” blog post by Stephanie Ockerman
  13. 4 Key Flow Metrics and How to Use them in Scrum’s Events” blog post by Yuval Yeret
  14. Definition of Done” blog post by Gunther Verheyen

Complementary Materials

  1. Do all scrum open tests (scrum, product owner, developer, Nexus)
  2. Do 8 PSM II sample questions of theScrumMaster.co.uk by Simon Kneafsey
  3. Manage the time carefully and be in your highest energy state when you want to take the exam
  4. We highly recommend reading ScrumSchool.team PSM I exam tips and tricks training manual. It provides high-quality, deep, and tricky content that could be used as a reliable learning source that will help you for passing the PSM II exam.

Also, there are a lot of complementary resources that you can find in this link for the PSM II exam.

Related posts:

1- Preparation guide for the PSM I exam (Professional Scrum Master)

2- Preparation guide for the PSD I exam (Professional Scrum Developer)

3- Preparation guide for the PSPO I exam (Professional Scrum Product Owner)

4- Preparation guide for the PSM III exam (Professional Scrum Master III)

5- Preparation guide for the PAL I exam (Professional Agile Leadership I)

6- Preparation guide for the PSK I exam (Professional Scrum with Kanban I)

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Preparation guide for the PSM I exam

PSM I exam is a little bit expensive, so we have provided a guide for the candidates to prepare, practice and pass it with more confidence.

Professional Scrum Master I

Scrum.org exams and in this case PSM I exam are challenging and a little bit expensive. So people want to know how they can pass these exams with more confidence. Therefore, we have decided to prepare a series of preparation guides for the Scrum.org exams.

Each guide contains minimum mandatory actions that should be done for passing the exam in a suitable timeframe.

In this post, we will introduce the PSM I exam (Professional Scrum Master) step by step preparation guide as follows:

Books and Articles

Complementary Materials

Also, there are a lot of complementary books that you can find in this link for the PSM I exam.

Related posts:

1-Preparation guide for the PSD I exam (Professional Scrum Developer)

2-Preparation guide for the PSPO I exam (Professional Scrum Product Owner)

3-Preparation guide for the PSM II exam (Professional Scrum Master II)

4- Preparation guide for the PSM III exam (Professional Scrum Master III)

5- Preparation guide for the PAL I exam (Professional Agile Leadership I)

6- Preparation guide for the PSK I exam (Professional Scrum with Kanban I)