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Certify Your Distinguished Level of Scrum Master Expertise

The Professional Scrum Master™ III (PSM III) certification validates your deep understanding of how to apply Scrum, Scrum practices, and the Scrum Values. PSM III tests your ability as a Scrum Master in a variety of complex team and organizational situations. Earning the PSM III requires a very high level of Scrum knowledge and extensive experience as a Scrum Master. 

PSM III questions ask you to know the content and understand the context of the Scrum Guide, then apply your own experience. While the Scrum Competencies are similar to those of the PSM I and PSM II, you will be required to move beyond simple knowledge. You will be asked to describe how you would respond to different scenarios while remaining true to Scrum. 

PSM III draws broadly from the following Professional Scrum Competencies and Focus Areas;

  • Understanding and Applying the Scrum Framework:

    • Empiricism, Scrum Values, Scrum Team, Events, Artifacts, Done

  • Developing People and Teams:

    • Self-Managing Teams, Facilitation, Coaching, Mentoring, Teaching

  • Managing Products with Agility:

    • Forecasting & Release Planning, Product Value, Stakeholders & Customers

How is the training delivered?

  • Virtual or in-person

  • Two full days of training

  • Certified SCRUM facilitator-led

Training Cost - includes training + one exam attempt:

  • Virtual: $775.00 per person. Minimum of 5 participants.

  • In-Person $995.00 per person. Minimum 15 participants.

    • Travel fees included.

Certification Details:

  • Scoring: Pass/Did Not Pass

  • Responses are scored by a team of Scrum experts using a common grading guide. Each response is evaluated to determine if it meets, exceeds, or does not meet the grading expectations. After all questions are scored, the entire test is reviewed to determine whether a passing score was earned.

  • Time limit: 2.5 hours (150 minutes)

  • Number of Questions: 24 

  • Format: Essay questions only. All responses must be typed - no pasting of prepared responses. Please review the Standard of Conduct for more information.

  • Grading takes approximately 4 weeks. The score is emailed as soon as grading is complete.

  • Difficulty: Expert

  • Free Credly digital credential included

  • Recommended courses: Professional Scrum Master, Professional Scrum Master II

  • Recommended certifications: PSM I, PSM II

  • Practice assessments: Scrum Open, Nexus Open, Developer Open, Product Owner Open, Evidence-Based Management Open, Facilitation Skill Open, Agile Leadership Open 

  • Lifetime certification - no annual renewal fee required

THE PROFESSIONAL SCRUM™ COMPENTENCIES has developed Professional Scrum Competencies as a tool for guiding personal development and offering a robust framework for evaluating a team's abilities within an organization. All of's offerings, including courses, certification exams, and materials, are crafted with these competencies as their core focus. Fundamental to building Scrum proficiency is the 'Understanding and Applying the Scrum Framework', which serves as a base for other competency areas. These competencies, along with their specific Focus Areas, are relevant not only to the Scrum Team (including Product Owners, Scrum Masters, and Developers) but also to other roles in an organization, like Agile Leaders. By adopting a shared understanding of these competencies and focus areas, organizations can effectively assess and enhance their team's skills according to their distinct requirements.


Understanding and Applying the Scrum Framework

Scrum helps people and teams deliver value incrementally in a collaborative way. As an agile framework, Scrum provides just enough structure to integrate the framework into how the team works and requires teams to add the correct practices for their situation as they build out the processes. Scrum is based on empiricism, self-management, and continual improvement. The competency includes the focus areas of:

Empiricism, Scrum Values, Scrum Team, Events, Artifacts, Done, and Scaling.

Developing People and Teams

Scrum is all about working together to deliver products with greater agility.  To achieve success, the members of the Scrum Team may take on different stances as they work with people inside and outside of the team. These stances are focus areas for this competency and include:

Self-Managing Teams, Facilitation, Leadership Styles, Coaching, Mentoring and Teaching.

Managing Products with Agility

Products are how Scrum Teams provide value to their users and the organizations they work for and with. A Product has a clear goal, stakeholders, and users. The value of the product is measurable. Effectively managing products in an agile environment requires the following focus areas:

Forecasting & Release Planning, Product Vision, Product Value, Product Backlog Management, Business Strategy, and Stakeholder & Customers. 

Developing and Delivering Products Professionally

Using Professional Scrum results in high-quality products delivered iteratively and incrementally with relatively high frequency. These products meet the needs of stakeholders and customers and provide flexibility for both early value realization and adaptation to changing needs. To meet these needs means that the Products should be developed in a certain way. The following focus areas support this competency:

Emergent Software Development, Managing Technical Risk, Continuous Quality, Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery, and Optimizing Flow. 

Evolving the Agile Organization

The majority of Scrum Teams are operating within an organization. For Scrum Teams to succeed, they require that organizations reduce friction and provide the freedom that they need to be self-managing and create solutions closest to the work. To support this agility, organizational structure, incentives, human resource practices, and governance must enable rather than deter agility. The focus areas include:

Organizational Design and Culture, Portfolio Planning, and Evidence-Based Management.

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