Best Resources to Prepare for Certified Scrum Master (CSM ®) Certification

A CSM Certification helps to develop skills to effectively design and utilize Scrum in any project. In the last couple of years, the Certified Scrum Master certification has gained the popularity and now it is used to manage various projects of quickly changing business environments. But during the preparation of the Certified Scrum Master exam, people often get confused in selecting the books to refer and landed to book which is not that helpful. Being in the training industry, I have shortlisted some books and reference sites those are actually helpful to prepare for the CSM certification exam.

Scrum Alliance

Being the official certification body of the Certified Scrum Master certification, the Scrum Alliance provides a wide range of articles, white papers, blogs, videos, reports and other important links about Scrum. You can visit the Scrum Alliance at their official website that is and look out for up-to-date details and information about CSM.

Scrum Guides

The is an informative website and is supported by the Scrum Alliance. This is highly recommended to keep reading the content available on the website to get all updates about CSM (Certified Scrum Master) certification. This website facilitates you to read Official Scrum Guide online; also allow you to download their 16-page booklet for offline reference. This is really a helpful source for those who are preparing for the CSM certification.

Chris Sims’ The Elements of Scrum

Unlike a reference guide or training manual, The Element of Scrum adopts a different way to illustrate the key concepts of Scrum. Chris Sims has explained the practice, principles and pitfalls of the scrum framework with reference to real life examples in the form of small stories that the reader can relate to. With the real life example, this book makes CSM certification prep a breeze.

The Scrum Field Guide – Practical Advice for Your First Year, by Mitch Lacey


With 30 engaging and insightful chapters, Mitch Lacey explains how to implement Scrum in an organization or a work project. The author has illustrated all the facts about implementation from appointing people onboard to when and how to do ‘emergency procedures’ to bring the project back on the track are discussed in this book. This book not only helps you to crack the CSM examination, but it also provides you the practical advice throughout your initial days of implementing Agile methods and techniques.



Certified Scrum Master (CSM) 83, by Janice Garrison

The Certified Scrum Master (CSM) 83 is a only 72 pages book, but it includes 83 most important and frequently asked questions that you must know. The book does not consist any mock exam, rather it is a collection of CSM (Certified Scrum Master) and Scrum related questions with their answers to give you a basic knowledge about the CSM.

The above mentioned books and sites are for reference, but studying without expert instruction might be a bad idea. MSys Training offers the instructor led classroom for all Agile and Scrum certification courses. One can complement these books with the learning on a full-fledged MSys certification training course.


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