Scrum Narrative and PSM Exam Guide

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Scrum, as new way of product development, delivers high value. Authentic knowledge body of Scrum is Scrum Guide. It is too dense to absorb without context and correlations. This book reveals Scrum with context and correlations using Active Learning technique. It is all-in-one guide for Professional Scrum Master (PSM 1) aspirants, with comprehensive Scrum material, tips, and 250+ practice questions More

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About Mohammed Musthafa Soukath Ali

Mohammed Musthafa Soukath Ali

Musthafa is the author of the #1 Best Selling book Scrum Narrative and PSM Exam Guide in and He is ranked as one of the Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) Global Top Project Planners, acting as specialist coach for complex IT Application Development projects. He is also the external Management Capability Adviser for some of the Tata Group Companies. He is a designated Agile Software Delivery Expert, having consulted with 15+ global customers. He published 9 papers in conferences with two international speaker invitations in Berlin and Spain. He is currently leading one of the largest strategic transformations in corporate history. He works out of Chennai, India.
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Review by: Navin Majumdar on Aug. 28, 2018 :
I know it is late but this was due for a long time. Thank you Musthafa for this wonderful little book. This book is easy to read, to the point and extremely valuable for my quest in becoming a Scrum Master. It can cater to any audience be it a person with prior IT knowledge or a person who is new to this wonderful world of Scrum. You can feel Musthafa always available as a constant guide helping you unlearn anti-patterns, reinforce the correct Scrum patterns and help you not any get the PSM1 certification but enrich you with knowledge which you can use in your work and daily life.
(reviewed 79 days after purchase)

Review by: Thejasvi VONDIVILLU on July 20, 2018 :
Thank you Musthafa for this wonderful little book. This book is designed very simple and helped in reinforcing the concepts then and there in each chapter. Like to highlight that the chapter on Unlearning some of the concepts (e.g. User stories, Hardening sprint, Sprint 0 etc.) Is quite relevant. Infact when i read I could understand the Scrum Guide better after reading the book. Looking forward such simple but effective books on other topics like DevOps also.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)

Review by: shal0802 on June 27, 2018 :
I passed PSPO I with 97.5% in first attempt
I was really unsure what material to refer for certification other than Scrum guide. My search of material ended at this book and ‘The Professional Scrum Product Owner: Guide to Pass PSPO 1 Certification’ book by same author. I referred these 2 books to prepare for this exam.
It improved my understanding of scrum and why is scrum (and empiricism) needed. It gave practical guidance about implementing scrum.
I bought pdf and took print as I needed a hard copy to study
(reviewed 51 days after purchase)

Review by: Itty Kohli on May 16, 2018 :
This is the most interesting and fascinating book on agile, I have ever read. This is the recommended book if you want to clear PSM1. I cleared my PSM1 using this book solely. It not just explains the concepts clearly but also guides you as to how to prepare for the PSM1 certification. This book is a must have :)
(reviewed 35 days after purchase)

Review by: Parag Parikh on April 25, 2018 :
Great book to understand the agile and scrum concepts which are explained in simple language and examples provided. Best part is that it very well manages explanation within boundaries of authentic scrum version. If you are appearing for PSM1, a must read book.
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)

Review by: Sithi on Dec. 26, 2017 :
I gone through this book as a preparation to appear for PSM I exam. Self sufficient book to understand basic of scrum especially for newbie like me to scrum. Well explained with examples to assimilate the concepts. I passed my exam with 97.5 % on my first try. I highly recommend this book to understand scrum and prepare for the exam. Thanks to Musthafa for such a informative book. I used only Scrum guide,open assessment, Mikhail Lapshin model exam and this book for my preparation.
(reviewed 52 days after purchase)

Review by: Yasemin D. on Dec. 22, 2017 :
I bought and read this detailed and well prepared book carefully after I studied guides, open assessments and some other recommended books. One day before PSM I exam day, I reread section summary pages again and went over all questions in the book as the author says. I passed my PSM exam with %96.3 on my first try. I highly recommend this book for deeply explaining Scrum subjects and a very good preparation for the exam. I really appreciate Musthafa’s hard work. He is also a very kind and thoughtful person when you need some help.
(reviewed 65 days after purchase)

Review by: Saravana K on Dec. 14, 2017 :
An excellent book and a ready guide to clear basic concepts of Scrum. Was helpful to clear PSM 1 assessment. Thoughtful insights from the author. Highly recommend and appreciate efforts of the author for this simplification.
Saravana - Agile Champion - TCS
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)

Review by: dpmorrisjr on March 12, 2017 :
Studied the Scrum Guide. Watched a Scrum Fundamentals webinar series. Read this book. Scored 96%. Highly recommend.
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)

Review by: krutivas on Jan. 04, 2017 :
I used this book to seek clarifications on some of the concepts and to get a more elaborate understanding of SCRUM guide. To that extent it proved just the right resource for me. The book helped me in my preparation and whats more, Musthafa was very prompt when i communicated with him over email for any clarifications. I will recommend this book for any one who is looking to prepare for PSM1 certification.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)

Review by: grandhiramesh on Aug. 14, 2016 :
Today I have cleared the PSM exam with 98%. I used “Scrum Narrative and PSM™ Exam Guide” by Mohammed Musthafa Soukath Ali for preparing for the exam.

I have acquired Scrum knowledge from random sources like On Job and few training sessions. After reading this book I came to know that I developed my own understanding and interpretation of what is Scrum, but this book explains and helped to clarify all the concepts very clearly with more details.

An excellent, effective PSM book that I would recommend even without regard for the certification.
(reviewed 8 months after purchase)

Review by: Namit Anand on July 29, 2016 : (no rating)
I have purchased this book like 3 days ago, Read it after already ready scrum guide 2-3 times (which i will recommend). This is a very good book that clears up a lot of things from scrum guide. I think if I would have read this book before scrum guide, i would have more difficulty, since like others have said, the contents are scattered. However first reading scrum guide couple of times and then reading this book acts as a building block. This will clear up a lot of things that you have read in scrum guide and which apparently you though you got it after reading scrum guide. The scrum guide is high level understanding and this book explains in details, that will help you clear the assessment. Also try the quiz without cheating and the 80 questions assessment in time box. If you clear these quiz and assessment (without cheating), you will make it (in addition to scrum open assessments). And BTW, yesterday I passed the PSM with 98%.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)

Review by: Neema on March 18, 2016 :
I bought this book after reading recommendations on various scrum forums. Indeed this is an excellent and to the point book. The book is intended to enhance and make the focus on scrum concepts much clear and deeper. The content is precise yet covers all the significant areas of PSM1.
The mock test actually covers a wide range of questions and gives a good practice for the real test.
I read Scrum guide and took few mock tests. Later I bought this book and it has helped me sharpen the scrums skills. I have cleared PSM1 with 94%.
I would give this book 9 on 10. Must buy. Thumbs Up 
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)

Review by: talha koc on March 13, 2016 :
This book is a dirty-quick guide for preparation towards PSM exam. The author has done a good job in explaining the concepts. Although the content is satisfying, I found the format very bad in terms of cognitive reading.

For example, it introduces questions directly after a concept is explained. This is not a good practice, as your brain is ready with the information to answer the question.

Book is not properly formatted and seems like someone's personal notes in a word sheet. Styling is not properly applied, making difficult to focus and differenciate between topics. Font selection is awful. The figures/images used seems like to be drawn with MSPaint, by a primary school kid.

In general it is not a good reference book, but includes plenty of questions which can be a reason to buy.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Dhevendran on Feb. 29, 2016 :
I have cleared PSM1 Yesterday successfully. I have referred only this book along with scrum guide to clear the exam.
Inspite of exam preparation, this book provides fundamental about the conversion of waterfall to scrum method. Also it mapped the traditional roles of waterfall management to Scrum framework.
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)

Review by: DannyLamarti on Feb. 25, 2016 :
This book is easy to read, to the point and extremely valuable for your training in becoming a Scrum Master! Thanks to this book I was confident enough to make the PSM1 assessment and I graduated.
(reviewed 43 days after purchase)

Review by: Abhishek Goel on Jan. 13, 2016 : (no rating)
I really liked this book and helped me a lot in achieving PSM scrum master certification
(reviewed 35 days after purchase)

Review by: veeras on Jan. 05, 2016 :
I bought this book after reading the sample. My intention was not to prepare for PSM assessment since I already hold more certificates than required. I had read many books on scrum, but I was impressed to see the most impressive articulation of Scrum in this book.

The first part of this book does much better job in explaining Scrum than another good book "Scrum: a Breathtakingly Brief and Agile Introduction, by Chris and Hillary"

Compared to the established book "Essential Scrum by Ken Rubin", though this book does not deal with larger Scrum and Scrum roll-out, this is an excellent alternative to understand canonical model of Scrum for small teams.

There are many literature by Ken and Jeff (who co-authored Scrum) on Scrum, but I sense lot of sales tone in those literatures. The best literature of Scrum is unarguably the Scrum Guide. And if you are looking for next best book to expand on the concepts within Scrum Guide, believe it or not, Scrum Narrative and PSM Exam Guide really comes close.

What makes it more appealing is, the onslaught of questions and answers that are running all along the book. They do help to anchor the concepts that you just read.

I would have given five stars if the book provided guidance on Scrum for large teams, with the same clarity. But, it may be too much to ask for since the book's primary intent is to limit to the subject areas needed for PSM test.

Thumbs Up!
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)

Review by: Chenn on Jan. 01, 2016 :
I am not used to write reviews on the book, but sure am going to do for this one!

I am a tech lead and have worked in multiple projects using Agile and Scrum. When it dawned on me that a good endorsement of my Scrum Skills would add points to my profile, many recommended CSM. After long and wider research, PSM by got my vote for the best certificate among those that are available on Scrum. And it was cheaper too!!
Oh boy! I failed on my first try with 69% (The minimum needed score was 85%). May be because I simply relied on some online tips that had me go with Scrum Guide and the Open Assessment from
The quality of PSM test questions inspired to go get it though. For my second attempt, I read through the Scrum Master Training Manual and also purchased the practice questions from MPlaza. When I went through forum, I noticed several negative aspects about the manual and questions. So, I questioned my preparedness for the test. May be a training course by oops! Spent too much already. Didn't I?

That's when I noticed the mention of this book in many threads on I searched and found in another major ecommerce site. The feedback provided sounded very promising. So I bought it.
The first striking difference between the MPlaza online test and this book was…- this book provided a very elaborate and strong foundation on Scrum theory even before practice questions.

Here are my + for the book:
1. Mostly - straight to the point without word play
2. The questions are very thoughtfully crafted cover the full scope of the Scrum
3. Some good visuals about Scrum Team and techniques
4. Clear differentiation of what is defined in Scrum Guide vs what is added by the book (marked with DETOUR)
5. Many useful insights that may help with practitioners on the ground. A whole section is about how the Scrum journey works from the start till closing
6. Discussion of Scrum Vs Agile Manifesto Vs XP
7. The difficulty levels of practice questions match with real assessment and in some cases exceed as well. It increases the confidence

Well... Needless to say, I passed the exam 98% and what's more than - inciting my wife's amazement :)

The review won't be complete without few minuses:
1. Minor typos at few places
2. Number of visuals go down the pages
3. Would have helped to know more about Nexus

So... Mohammed's book saved me from endlessly churning with different preparatory material and still wondering with less confidence if I was ready for the assessment.

Even after the test, I am using this book as a ready reference for my job. But, I am an old gut that wanted to have a pdf version to make it easy on my farmhouse desktop, but the old version I bought in another retailer doesn’t offer pdf version. Got one here thanks to smashwords!

Happy New Year folks!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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