book review: The Scrum Master Training Manual by Nadar K Rad and Frank Turley

ScrumCover2I received the The Scrum Master Training Manual by Nadar K Rad and Frank Turley.  As they stated, it’s a guide to passing the Professional Scrum Master Exam.

The manual – based on The definitive guide to Scrum, developed and sustained by Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland – describes the Scrum timelines, roles, events and artifacts. It also contains a self-assessment and two PSM sample exams.

Reading this e-book and the definitive guide gives you enough theory needed for the official PSM exam. Maybe the introduction could be expanded with a paragraph on the philosophy behind Scrum. Scrum is founded on an empirical process control theory – Inspection, transparency and adaption. Also an additional paragraph on a Scrum of Scums could be beneficial.

Tha manual gives a good oversight of the usage of a Scrum board and the evolution over time as well as an example of a computer based Scrum tool. This last tool could be skipped, it doesn’t added value to understand the usage of Scrum. The explanation of the Burn-down chart is good, definitely if you also look at the related questions in the self-assessment.

The sample exams are really helpful, several questions you will get during the official exam too and I would suggest using the online sample assessment on http://www.scrum.org too. These are randomly selected so it will help to do the online sample assessment more than once.

Both guides can be downloaded for free at http://mgmtplaza.com (Scrum Master Training Manual) and https://www.scrum.org (The definitive guide to Scrum, available in 36 languages).

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3 responses to “book review: The Scrum Master Training Manual by Nadar K Rad and Frank Turley

  1. Excellent Read, Thank You

  2. Management Plaza

    Thanks a lot Henny, this is great. Regards Frank

    From: Henny Portman’s Blog Reply-To: Henny Portman’s Blog Date: Sun, 10 Nov 2013 15:37:35 +0000 To: Frank Turley Subject: [New post] book review: The Scrum Master Training Manual by Nadar K Rad and Frank Turley

    WordPress.com hennyportman posted: “I received the The Scrum Master Training Manual by Nadar K Rad and Frank Turley. As they stated, its a guide to passing the Professional Scrum Master Exam. The manual – based on The definitive guide to Scrum, developed and sustained by Ken Schwaber a”

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