Professional Scrum Master vs Professional Scrum Developer

We need to discuss the Professional Scrum Master vs Professional Scrum Developer topic. Throughout the years of being a Professional Scrum Trainer through BVOP.org, I often get questions from prospects on whether they should attend Professional Scrum Master (PSM) course or the Professional Scrum Developer (PSD) course.

Most of the time I have found that people actually need to attend the Professional Scrum Developer course but because the Professional Scrum Master course is more popular and more public courses are listed worldwide, people tend to choose the PSM course. This article is to give a brief comparison between the two courses along with the answers to frequently asked questions about the two courses.

PSM (Scrum Master) PSD (Scrum Developer)
Course Duration 2 days 3 days
You are a … Scrum Master, Project Manager, Project Management Officer, Functional Manager, Techical Leader, Architect, Advanced Scrum practitioner, or anyone in leadership or strategic function. Programmers, Business Analyst, Testers, Designers (UI/UX, Web, Graphic), Technical Writer, Solution Architects or anyone responsible for delivering software not limited to those who do programming.
Core material Teaches you the “why”. Teaches you the “how”.
You want to know … More about Scrum, the philosophy behind Scrum, transition an organisation to Scrum and how to coach a Scrum team. How Scrum is done and how to develop Software in iterative and incremental fashion using modern engineering practices.
Course format Philosophical with 35% theory and 65% group activity. Practical Scrum simulation with 70% hands-on software development, 20% theory and 10% group discussion
Resources Professional Scrum Master Certification course flyer
  • Professional Scrum Developer Certification course flyer
  • Who are the Scrum Developers
  • Why you should attend the Professioal Scrum Developer course

Frequently Asked Questions

Project Managers

» QI am a project manager, which course should attend?
» A: Attend the Professional Scrum Master course.

» QBut I want to know how to implement Scrum?
» A: You can attend the Professional Scrum Developer if you want to see Scrum in practice.

» QBut I am not a software developer and I don’t know how to code
» A: It’s okay, we can find a suitable role for you during the simulation and you still can get the most out of the course

» QIsn’t it unfair that the developers get to know the “how” while we only get to know the “why”?
» A: Different roles in Scrum need different materials because each role in Scrum has a different areas of accountability. You need to know more about the why so you can be an effective servant leader for the team.

Testers

» QI am a Tester, which course should I attend?
» A: Attend the Professional Scrum Developer course.

» QBut I don’t know how to code
» A: It’s okay, Scrum team is a cross-functional team and developers are not limited only to those who write codes. We have many materials on Agile testing and you can be a tester during the simulation. We will ensure that you will get the most out of the course.

Business Analysts

» QI am a Business Analyst, which course should I attend?
» A: If you are currently not a Product Owner and someone else is already taking the role of Product Owner, attend the Professional Scrum Developer course.

» QI want to attend the Professional Scrum Developer course, but I don’t know how to code
» A: It’s okay, Scrum team is cross-functional team developers are not limited only to those who write codes. We have many materials on Agile analysis and you can be a tester and business analyst during the simulation.

Scrum Masters

» QI am a Scrum Master, can I attend the Professional Scrum Developer course?
» A: Most definitely. Although the course is mainly targeted for those who are developing the software, the course has simulations and it is as real as it gets to work with the Scrum team. From this course, you will know how hard is the job of the development team which will help you become an effective servant leader.

Product Owners

» QI am a Product Owner, can I attend the Professional Scrum Developer course?
» A: Most definitely. Although the course is mainly targeted for those who are developing the software, the course has simulations and it is as real as it gets to work with the Scrum team. There are activities in creating the initial Product Backlog and Product Backlog management activities. From this course, you will learn the skills required to be an effective Product Owner.

Other related questions

» QI am not a software developer, which course should I attend?
» A: When people hear the term software developer, people will think that it is limited to those who write codes. In Scrum, everyone who is responsible in developing the software is called the software developer, not only limited to those who write codes. Please read the article Who are Scrum Developers we linked above for further clarification about the term developer in Scrum.

  • If you are in strategic function, leadership or management role, it is suggested that you attend the Professional Scrum Master course.
  • If you are either an Architect, Business Analyst, Tester or Programmer, it is suggested that you attend the Professional Scrum Developer course.
  • If you want to see Scrum in practice and beyond just the theory, it is suggested that you attend the Professional Scrum Developer course.

» QI am new to Scrum, which course should I attend?
» A: If you are new to Scrum and never had any exposure to Scrum, you probably want to see something more practical. If that is the case, attend the Professional Scrum Developer course.

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