Candidates must pass a single exam for each certification (and level). The PSM I and II examinations will set you back $150 and $500, respectively, while the PSPO I and II exams will set you back $200 and $500. The PSD exam will set you back $200, while the SPS will set you back $250. Scrum certifications last a lifetime. To keep their certification status, holders do not need to take recertification exams or pay fees.
Scrum Master Responsibilities
Scrum is led by a scrum master, who is responsible for removing impediments to the team’s ability to meet product goals and deliverables. The scrum master isn’t your typical team leader or project manager; instead, he or she serves as a buffer between the team and any distracting influences. The scrum master ensures that the scrum framework is followed by coaching the team on scrum theory and ideas, facilitating critical sessions when necessary, and encouraging the team to grow and improve. To emphasize these two views, the role has also been referred to as a team facilitator or servant-leader.
A scrum master’s primary tasks include (but are not limited to):
• Helping the product owner maintain the product backlog in a way that ensures the needed work is well understood so the team can continually make forward progress
• Helping the team to determine the definition of done for the product, with input from key stakeholders
• Coaching the team, within the Scrum principles, in order to deliver high-quality features for its product
• Educating key stakeholders and the rest of the organization on Scrum (and possibly Agile) principles
• Helping the scrum team avoid or remove impediments to its progress, whether internal or external to the team
• Promoting self-organization and cross-functionality within the team
• Facilitating team events to ensure regular progress
The scrum master assists people and organizations in adopting empirical and lean thinking, discarding behind hopes for certainty and predictability in the process.