CERTIFIED SCRUM PRODUCT OWNER
If you want to learn Scrum from the comfort of your own computer — and have fun along the way — this is the course for you. As the world’s only provider of online, on-demand advanced Scrum training, we’ve learned what it takes to be effective in a virtual training environment.
In this Scrum Alliance®-approved course, we put you at the center of the learning experience in two important ways:
The Certified Scrum Product Owner® (CSPO) course is an interactive class introducing the concepts of Agile business leadership using the Scrum framework. Successful participants will become Certified Scrum Product Owners, a first step in the journey towards a more adaptive form of business leadership focused on the business outcomes that matter and meeting the needs of the customers and users.
The activities, tools, and techniques covered in this workshop will prepare you to achieve the benefits of increased revenue, innovation, and customer satisfaction while delivering and sustaining a high quality product. The Online Edition of this class includes:
- Guided preparation work to get you ready
- 3 virtual classroom sessions of 4 hours each
- Lots of collaboration time with your classmates
- A reasonable amount of homework and reflection between sessions
- 1 hour follow up Q&A session after the class concludes
Upon completion of this training, you will be designated a Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) by the Scrum Alliance® and receive a two year membership in the Scrum Alliance.
- Complete pre-assessment
- Review Scrum Guide
- Other readings and videos
Session 1 (4 hours)
- Agile & Scrum Introduction
- The Role of the Product Owner
Session 2 (4 hours)
- Identifying & Validating Product Assumptions
- Scrum Workflow
- Stakeholder Management
Session 3 (4 hours)
- Product Backlog
- Refining and Ordering the Product Backlog
- Incremental Product Planning
Post-Assessment & Feedback
What You Will Learn
Through original content, interactive simulations, and real-world case studies you will learn how to:
- Establish a vision that inspires your product team
- Apply the right frameworks to identify and align with the needs of your core customers
- Create high-impact features that maximize value while minimizing time and risk
- Deliver incremental value by leveraging the appropriate blend of the Scrum framework and product management practices
- Keep stakeholders engaged with collaborative roadmapping practices and iterative release plans
Product Vision – A clear, shared vision is crucial for successful Agile teams. We’ll walk through three techniques to help unify your team, stakeholders, and customers around the right vision for your product or service.
Collaborative Roadmapping – Roadmaps are an important link between vision and the product backlog. Unfortunately, many roadmaps are a slide with a date and some bullet pointed features, which doesn’t provide any context.
- Learn how to create a rich, easily updated Agile roadmap that gives the right amount of context to help stakeholders and team members understand where we might be headed and why.
- Learn how to use the Prune the Product Tree Innovation Game to collaborate with customers on your roadmap.
Product Backlog Basics – Learn the rules for a Scrum Product Backlog as well as a set of key practices for using the Product Backlog to help ensure consensus on what we are building.
- Product Backlog Basics
- Writing User Stories
- Vertically Slicing User Stories
- Acceptance Criteria
- Backlog Refinement
Prioritization – The core of the Product Owner’s job is to prioritize among the many great things we could do and help the team focus only on what is most important to do first. Most traditional techniques are too slow for most Agile teams, so many Product Owners prioritize solely on gut feel or by responding to the currently squeakiest wheel.
- Learn a prioritization framework that helps you visualize the relative importance of your customer segments, internal & external stakeholders, corporate strategy, and maintaining a clean code base.
- Use the Buy a Feature Innovation Game to collaborate with customers on priority.
Agile Release Planning – Believe it or not, we’ve heard many times the misinformed statement: “We’re Agile, so we don’t really plan.” Not only is this not in line with Agile values, which state “We Value Responding to Change over Following a Plan”, it is usually just bad business. The Agile value does not mean that we do not plan, but that we create a plan but then expect it to change as we start working on it!
- Learn the nuts and bolts of creating an Agile release plan
- Learn how and when to update the release plan
Working in Sprints – the Product Owner role doesn’t end once the Product Backlog is ready for Sprint Planning. Your team will be most effective if you are available during the Sprint to provide feedback at key points.
- Learn how the Product Owner works with Development Teams during the Sprint
- Best practices in balancing time among the team, stakeholders, and customers
What You Will Receive
This course focuses on interaction — we only use lecture to cover the basic terms and concepts. Most class time is dedicated to fun exercises, engaging discussion, and team collaboration. We focus on practical solutions to real-world challenges drawn from decades of experience as product managers, Agile coaches and Product Owners in Agile environments.
- A vivid, 55-page student workbook full of custom exercises, activities and course summaries that capture the essential points you need to learn and comprehend.
- A two-year membership in the Scrum Alliance
- Recognition by the Scrum Alliance as a Certified Scrum Product Owner
- Fourteen SEUs/PDUs
“All the concepts in this course are explained clearly and had good examples.”
“Very through and beyond what I expected for an on-line course – comprehensive.”
“The instructor feedback on my submissions was very helpful in order to improve my work.”