Thursday, December 13, 2012

Wow.. I have become Certified Scrum Professional (CSP)

I have decided to upgrade my present Certified Scrum Master certification to the Certified Scrum Professional level – the highest level offered. Fortunately enough, my company is in the Agile transition journey and i got a chance to read & learn many agile scrum practices which kind of helped me to pass by Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) exam.

I have started preparing 4 weeks before the online test. With $300 at stake, there is no way I want to fail. The CSP handbook gives you a list of reference books. The list being so big, it's sure that Scrum Alliance want to ensure that people just don't prepare only for the exam.

First & foremost thing i did was going through online scrum training material provided by Michael James which also has some interesting quiz questions along the way.

Here's the preparation work:


a. The six-page overview of Scrum at 
b. The four values of the Agile Manifesto at 
c. The twelve principles of the Agile Manifesto at

Second thing i was checking my knowledge by writing scrum open assessment test as many times as possible.

The following are the books I focused.

1. Succeeding with Agile: Software Development Using Scrum - Must read
2. Agile Estimating and Planning - Must read
3. Agile Software Development with Scrum - Must read
4. Agile Product Management with Scrum
5. Agile Retrospectives
6. Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code
7. Test Driven Development By Example

The next big milestone is to become an Certified Scrum Coach (CSC) by 2013.



  1. This is really a BIG milestone to become a Certified Scrum Coach by 2013. What's the plan an how are you moving towards your goal?

  2. Yes, its its true that it may not be all that easy to reach that milestone lIlya Pavlichenk.

    I am trying to engage with couple of clients to see how i can help to adapt scrum (that's bare minimum requirement) and i will still try my best to reach my milestone by this year end. By chance if i miss it out 2014 will be the year to achieve this. Thanks

  3. Thanks a lot for your valuable sharing. This will help me a lot as I am also going to appear for CSP.
    Wish you best of luck for your next milestone CSC. I will try to follow your path.

    1. Good luck to you Anil Mishra.... As long as your understand the fundamentals and have good work experience then i am pretty sure you can become an CSP.

      All the best to you

  4. Hi Anand , I have completed my CSM recently adn My Goal is to be Scrum Certified Trainer , Do you think should I be doing Certified Scrum Professional certification ..?

  5. I really impressed and enjoy reading Scrum Master certification to the Certified Scrum Professions very clear information.Thanks for posting like this.Good job!Scrum Master Certified Exam

  6. @ Anand ... I am a Scrum Master for almost 4 years now on multiple Projects and want to grow .... I am thinking about CSP ... Is that a right path ? Eventually I am interested in CSC ... Kindly share and Advise !

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