Certified Scrum Product Owner
Certified Product Owner Training
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.
The Product Owner is the business representative on the Scrum Team. It is a big job to manage stakeholder desires and expectations, manage the Product Backlog to achieve maximum value and keep the Development Team working at a steady flow. The Product Owner is responsible for maximizing the delivery of value to the customer and return on investment to the organization. The Product Owner is the source of high-value work for the Development Team so that it can develop the best product incrementally.
In this class we will cover the basics of Scrum from the Product Owner's perspective and then drill down on the critical skills for success. These skills include creation and management of the Product Backlog, articulating the product vision, working with User Stories, prioritizing functionality for optimal value creation, planning and managing product releases and working with the Development Team.
Certification requires that you be present and participating for the entire class . There is currently no exam for this certifcation. We do not use computers in this class and we request that you use your electronic devices only at break times. More information about the certification is available here.
This class runs from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Course attendees are encouraged to have basic knowledge of the Scrum framework from books, journal articles, and online content. Prior experience with Scrum is a plus. We highly recommend that you also read Agile Project Management with Scrum by Ken Schwaber and read this article.
The class a highly interactive and immersive, leveraging many techniques of accelerated learning. Come prepared to participate in many hands-on exercises and discussions. We run the class like development of a product - starting with too much to do in the time available. Using Scrum tools and the Product Owner's challenge of choosing the highest value features, the class will make joint decisions on which topics we ultimately cover.
Our public classes are held at business-class venues with the amenities you would expect. We try to have plenty of elbow room and wall space for the class work. We provide morning and afternoon snacks, lunch and beverages throughout the day. All of this is included in the course price. Parking is also included. Ask us about hotel discounts if you have to stay overnight.
For private classes, we will use whatever space your company has available or arrange for a public space when needed.
Roger Brown has been coaching and training in Agile and Scrum since 2004. He was a software developer for more years than he cares to admit, working in many domains and systems. His development experience includes Dartmouth College, Microsoft and TeleAtlas. He was active in internet programming before the "world-wide web" existed.
Roger has done Agile and Scrum training in the US, Canada, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Belgium, Sweden, Australia and India. He prefers to stay close to home in California these days, though, so you will see most of our classes happening on the West Coast, USA.
Roger spends at least half of his time coaching Scrum Teams and the organizations around them. His clients include many small, unknown companies and many big, well-known companies, most of them in California. He is a founding member of the Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Coach program. You can see a list of our training and coaching clients here.
Why Choose This Class?
There are many choices for Scrum Alliance Scrum Certification™. In California, particularly in the North, there are dozens of trainers who fly in to do a CSM or CSPO every once in a while. We are located in San Jose and have been doing classes in San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Los Angeles since 2008. So what? It means that you Californians can get personalized follow-up coaching and private training in Scrum, Lean and Agile Development from a local one-stop shop instead of trying to figure out where your instructor came from.
In addition, this class is a lot of fun. Many people have remarked that it is the best technical course they have ever attended. Accelerated Learning techniques are not only engaging, they greatly increase your learning and retention.
We don't give away any prizes or do any raffles, but you will leave the class with these new possessions:
- A basic understanding of the Agile values and principles
- A good feel for how and why Scrum works
- A stress ball to help you deal with organizational impediments
- A printed copy of the class slides full of whatever notes you take
- A 2-year membership in the Scrum Alliance
- Membership in a few Scrum-related discussion groups
- 14 PDUs if you are a PMP
- A copy of this great book on Product Ownership to help you increase your skills
18-19 Jun 2012
Redwood City, CA
Seaport Conference Center
Discounted seats available. Contact Roger Brown for more information.
About the Instructor
Certified Scrum Product Owner Course Agenda
These are the topics cover in class. As with life in general, there is more to do than time to do it, so we have to prioritize to suit the participants' interest. We also cover many other topics as they come up, some in real time and some in the parking lot section at the end. For any special-interest topics we do not get to, we follow up the class with our list of Agile/Scrum articles.
The class will choose a subset of the following topics to cover. Some are required for certification, some are optional. Participants will make a joint prioritiy decision on which they agree on as most important, just like real-life Product Owners do every day.
- As a Certified Scrum Product Owner I can describe product ownership so that I am prepared for the lessons in this course
- As a Course Instructor I can start the course effectively so that the participants will have an idea of what to expect
- As a Product Owner I can explain the underlying principles of Scrum so that I can use Scrum effectively in my work
- As a Product Owner I can explain the Scrum framework to others so that I can help educate my organization to its intended use
Importance of Flow
- As a Product Owner I can describe some of the underlying dynamics of Scrum so that I can do my part to create a smooth, valuable flow
Creating the Backlog
- As a Product Owner I can describe Scrum planning so that I can effectively lead the development of my product
Defining the Product
- As a Product Owner I can define a product in Scrum form so that I can plan and direct product development for maximum value
- As a Product Owner I can create a four-quadrant roadmap so that I can make long-term plans for my product
- As a Product Owner I can create a product backlog of User Stories so that I can communicate the requirements to the Team in an efficient manner
- As a Product Owner I can prioritize the product backlog so that the Team can build the most valuable features first
Formal Prioritizing Tools
- As a Product Owner I can choose between prioritization tools to help prioritize Stories and themes in my Product Backlog
- As a Product Owner I can understand the basics of Agile estimating so that I have confidence in my Team’s estimates
- As a Product Owner I can split a User Story into smaller stories to make them easier to estimate, understand and fit into a Sprint
- As a Product Owner I can plan a product release so that my organization has confidence to invest in the development
Working with the Team
- As a Product Owner I can work with the Team to build the product so that they maintain a sustainable, high productivity pace
Planning the Sprint
- As a Product Owner I can work with the Team to plan the Sprint so that they can make a reasonable commitment to build the next most valuable stories
Executing the Sprint
- As a Product Owner I can describe the Team’s activities during the Sprint so that I can do my part to help them meet their commitment
- As a Product Owner I can review the work of the Team so that they know which stories are done
Product Backlog Management
- As a Product Owner I can keep the Product Backlog in good shape to help the Development Team maintain a healthy flow
Scaling Scrum Up and Out
- As a Product Owner I describe some commonly used patterns for multi-team products and geographically distributed teams
Where do Stories Come From?
- As a Product Owner I can name at least one way to gather desired features for my product so that I deliver value to my customers
Budget and Finance
- As a Product Owner I can describe alternate ways to finance an Agile product development so that we canavoid the pitfalls of annual budgeting
- As a Product Owner I can apply Agile and Scrum concepts to managing the company portfolio to maximize corporate profits
Product Ownership Review
- As a Product Owner I can describe the responsibilities and capabilities of my role to define and execute a strategy for producing value for my organization so that I can do my job effectively
- As a Certified Product Owner I can get answers to other questions about Scrum to help fill gaps in my knowledge
- As a Course Instructor I can wrap up the course so that participants leave with a firm understanding of Scrum Product Ownership
- As a class participant I can read two articles to help anchor the concepts from Day One of the class
Opportunities and Challenges(Internal classes only)
- Class discussion of opportunities from and challenges to Agile and Product Ownership in your organization
Who Should Attend?
This class is specific to the Product Owner role in Scrum. It is not for everyone, but there are many people in your organization who will benefit from the concepts we cover, including:
- Working or soon-to-be Product Owners
- Product Managers looking to transition to Scrum
- ScrumMasters and Agile Coaches who want to increase their understanding and ability to support Product Owners
- Business Analysts who may be working with Product Owners and Scrum Teams as advisors, SMEs or proxy Product Owners
- Marketing and Sales staff who want to understand the dynamics of incremental product releases
- Executives who want to shift to more agile product development