Let me share how I did it
Becoming a certified Professional Scrum Product Owner I (PSPO I) comes at a price. Do you have to pay it out of your own pocket? Then you may want to save some money. I think I can help you with that.
Why become a certified Professional Scrum Product Owner (PSPO1)?
Agile is everywhere
The times are changing fast. Digital Transformation drives countless new complex digital projects.
Scrum is a framework within which people can address complex adaptive problems, while productively and creatively delivering products of the highest possible value.
More Job options for your career
If you like dealing with people and you’re genuinely interested in teamwork then a certification has never done any damage. Check the job portals and you’ll see that in many Project Manager job offers they actually ask for experience and knowledge in management frameworks and methodologies like Safer, Prince, Scrum… You name it.
Challenge yourself and improve your skills
That’s what drives me the most. To never stop seeing the world with the eyes of a child, exploring new skills. I find it quite useful in a constantly changing digital world where knowledge is easier to obtain than ever before in history. Challenges grow on every street corner of the digital network. Challenge yourself and get comfortable with the uncomfortable. You know it’s like Xmas when you gain a new skill and complete a new task like an expert.
Let's get Started: Buy an online course on sale
I bought three video courses on Udemy on sale. There are courses of same quality on other platforms too. Choose whatever platform looks good to you and your personality.
1.) Scrum Product Owner Certification Training & Two PSPO1 Exams by Vladimir Raykov
2.) Scrum Master Certification Training & PSM1 Sample Exams by Vladimir Raykov
3.) Scrum for Product Owners + Certification Preparation by Valentin Despa
An online course gives you a lot of guidance in the learning process. I found it also very nice to see a path to success from the beginning which gave me an outline of what had to be accomplished.
I don't know much about other learning platforms but the above mentioned courses gave me access to a teacher and even better a whole community of learners. I quickly subscribed to it all and learned by seeing the questions and answers of others. It's massively motivating to see others reporting their exam results and sharing their success or even failures.
Study daily, reward yourself frequently
To study daily is very important. Make no excuses. I got up early every day and learned the lessons first before I did anything else. I think the power of habits and rituals is very powerful. It puts you on a success path from day one and it will get you to your goal for sure.
Make it fun, make it easy, don't pace it too much and reward yourself after each lesson. Get a coffee, write a message to your best friend or simply take a note of what you have done today. It is incredibly easy to make a human being happy if you repeat this process multiple times a day. Joy is a key to success. Never skip it!
Test real exam conditions
Take the test multiple times and read the answers to understand all your answers. No matter if right or wrong. Above courses 1. and 3. include exam tests which create a real exam like situation.
Do not only read the Scrum Guide often, print it, underline important parts and write a summary of it. It will make you remember much better what the precise wording is. The exam questions qill try to trick you into wrong answers by changing the wording slightly. Read carefully and look at your answer a second time to confirm.
Buy and take the exam on scrum.org
Scrum exam details:
Fee: $200 USD per attempt
Passing score: 85%
Time limit: 60 minutes
Number of Questions: 80
Format: Multiple Choice, Multiple Answer and True/False
Language: English only
PSPO Subject Areas
Required course: None
Read full list on scrum.org
On the day of the exam. You decide when to take it. It's just you and a mutiple choice online test.
- Make yourself a comfortable environment
- Get water, it's only an hour but it's intense focus and fresh water makes you feel good
- Mark the questions you are not 100 % sure about for later review. Complete the test in about 45 minutes, then go back to the marked questions and have a closer look.
This is what you get:
A certficate PDF for download. It's valid for a lifetime and never expires:
Follow the link on the certificate, where your future boss can verify your certificate online:
Good luck and always remember:
Don’t fake it. Make it!
I'll start learning for my next certificate today. I'll let you know how this went after this new goal was achieved.
Advanced Scrum Master Certification Training & PSM II Exam by Vladimir Raykov
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