PAL I and PSM I — My Experience

The first goal for 2021 was to get the "Professional Agile Leadership" certification.

I finished that goal on the 14th of February, so to speak on Valentine's Day. Luckily, I don't pay attention to these made up days.

As I already had to learn more about Scrum anyhow, I thought it would be a good idea to also take the Professional Scrum Master Certification with me.

How I did it

In short; by the books. When you are following the learning path and deeply understand the Agile mindset nothing can go wrong.

Well, don't get fooled, it's not easy. And I'd assume it also requires some experience in that area. Also read through the Agile Leadership Toolkit.

What I did mostly was reading through the learning path, taking notes of everything and rephrase them. Compared to what's asked in the test I learned way too much, but in the end what are you doing the certification for? To put it on your wall or to become an Agile leader? So, the extra knowledge and experience is a good thing, take the time and work through the articles and videos.

At least every second day I took the Open Assessments for Agile Leadership, but also for Scrum Open. Take them until you reach 100% several times in a row, then you are ready to give it a try.

That led to passing both tests and now being certified:

If you have any further questions about how to prepare let me know.

Daniel Hauck

Daniel Hauck

Passionate about writing, minimalism and leadership.
in the forest, near Stuttgart