I recently passed the PSPO II exam from Scrum.org, and then I started to get more and more inquiries about tips and tricks on how to pass the exam. Similar to the PSPO I, in order to pass you need a minimum score of 85%. The difference is that for PSPO II you only get 40 questions in one hour. Of-course, questions are tricky and hence more time consuming. With this post, I am trying to summarize my preparation for the coveted PSPO-A certification.
Total Preparation Time – Two months (2-3 hours daily)
Pre-Requisites – You have passed PSPO-1 and have a good understanding of Scrum framework
Books to read –
- Professional Product Owner written by Don Mcgreal and Ralph Jocham
- Scrum Guide – Read it multiple times (especially PO roles and responsibilities)
- EBM Guide – 30% questions belong to EBM
- Agile Product Management With Scrum by Roman Pichler
- Scrum – A Pocket Guide – 2nd edition by Gunther Verheyen
Sites, Blogs to read –
- Blogs from Robin Schuurman (PO stances, vision, value, road maps, stakeholders, pricing)
- Scrum.Org’s Product Owner learning path
Mock tests –
- Scrum.Org’s open assessments – Product Owner, EBM
- Udemy PSPO-A tests
- Michail Lapshin PSPO-1 Quiz
- Simon Kneafsey PSPO-A assessment
Other Tips –
- If possible, join two day PSPO-A workshop conducted by Scrum.Org. These days classes are virtual over Zoom. You get a chance to meet like minded people and discuss the nuances of product ownership.
- Go with an open mind, read all questions very carefully. In case of any doubt, mark the question and attempt it later on.
- Passing the PSPO-A certification should not be your only goal, rather it should be just a milestone in your product ownership journey.
- You may reach out to me for any help/guidance. Join my network on LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/bishtpd/
All the best for your preparation and exam.