Date: 7-8 September, 2011
Location: Gauteng, South Africa
Regular Price: R9,700 + VAT
About the Course
Dates: 7th - 8th September, 2011 - just prior to Scrum Gathering South Africa
The Product Owner role is critical to maximising Return on Investment from agile projects and is one of the most challenging and rewarding agile roles. Many Product Owners come from business areas of the organisation and have limited familiarity with elements of software development, project management and agile methods that are critical to success in the Product Owner role. For these reasons, it is vitally important that Product Owners gain a solid understanding of their role and responsibilities as well as the knowledge, skills and tools to work effectively with Scrum teams.
This course is most suitable for Product Owners, Business Owners, Producers, business-focused Project Managers and staff assisting with requirements and their priority (e.g. Business Analysts and Subject Matter Experts), solution architecture (e.g. Solution Architects and Tech Leads), planning and coaching (e.g. ScrumMasters and Agile Coaches).
This course is taught by two highly experience trainers and practitioners, Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Trainer Simon Bennett and Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Coach Karen Greaves.
Simon Bennett has over 20 years real-world experience in software and hardware development, and from 2008 through 2010 Simon was also the Product Owner for the Scrum for Team System TFS process template. He will be presenting at the Scrum Gathering South Africa and was the Chair of the Product Owner Panel at the Munich Scrum Gathering.
Simon has considerable experience in organisational agile adoption, large scale Scrum and using Scrum in an offshore environment, as well as successfully blending Scrum with other methods including UCD. Over the last 12 years have been focused on using Agile frameworks and methods including Scrum, XP, Crystal & Kanban. His wealth of experience and passion for Product Ownership brings a unique depth and flavour to the course, as students will learn from real world case studies rather than only theory and simulations.
Karen currently works for Fundamo helping their Product Development team do Scrum well and deliver mobile financial services to the world. She has hands on experience in roles of both ScrumMaster and Product Owner, and is well versed in the common challenges encountered by software teams adopting Scrum. She has worked in a number of large corporations including Microsoft, IBM and JP Morgan as well as smaller companies mostly in the financial services and telecoms domains.
Her background includes many years as a project and program manager using more traditional approaches like RUP and V-Model. In her career Karen has been certified as a PMP and Prince2 Practitioner. She can offer insights about the benefits of moving from these more traditional approaches to Scrum, and can help relate the benefits of Scrum in terms well understood by experienced project managers.
Karen is also an experienced speaker and has given the following talks to the agile community:
"Taming the Customer Support Queue" at Agile2011 Salt Lake City coming August 2011
"Agile Management: Creating a culture to help your team succeed" at Agile2011 Salt Lake City coming August 2011
"Deep Dive on Retrospectives" at South Africa Scrum Gathering September 2010 (with Josef Scherer)
"Scrum Smells" at Scrum Day September 2009 "Agile Testing" at Scrum User Group meeting May 2010
"Lessons learned in a Scrum Implementation" at SPIN meeting April 2009.
Part A: Scrum Framework
Story: "As a Product Owner, I want to understand the Scrum framework so that I can work in harmony with it."
- Introducing Scrum
- The Empirical Journey
- Team and ScrumMaster
- Product Owner Role
- Defining "Done"
- Undone Work Debt
Part B: Activities and Interaction
Story: "As a Product Owner, I want to known when and how I should interact with other participants so that I can keep on top of my day-to-day work."
- Product Backlog
- Constraint Stories
- Sprint Planning
- Sprint Review
- Scrum Values
Part C: Shaping the Product
Story: "As a Product Owner, I want to shape my product in an agile way to help ensure that we build the right thing."
- User Roles
- User Stories
- Story Mapping
Part D: Release Management
Story: "As a Product Owner, I want to manage releases using agile techniques to help me maximise Return on Investment."
- Release Planning
- Grooming the Product Backlog
- Agile Release Management
- Next Steps
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- two full days training with two highly experienced agile practitioners
- full catering during the course including morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea
- access to online electronic resources following the course
- 2 years membership with the Scrum Alliance
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Though each CSPO course varies depending on the instructor, all Certified Scrum Product Owner courses focus on Scrum from a product owner's perspective. Graduates will receive the CSPO designation. All CSPO course are taught by Certified Scrum Trainers.