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Certified Scrum Product Owner®
3/23/2017 12:00:00 AM Scrum WithStyle Karstens 123 Queen Street Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia -37.8152065 144.963937 1540 excl GST


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  • Course

    Date: 23-24 March, 2017
    Location: Melbourne, VIC, Australia

    Regular Price: $1,540 excl GST

    About the course 

    Please note | Due to illness Rowan Bunning who was orignally scheudled to conduct this course will now be unavailable. The course will be taken by Simon Bennett of Lasting Benefits instead.

    This Certified Scrum Product Owner® (CSPO) training course is an intensive two day workshop on one of the most critical roles defined by the world's most popular Agile framework: Scrum.

    We use highly immersive adult learning techniques such as visual modelling, simulations, role-plays and 'Training from the Back of the Room' activities to enable self-directed learning and enhanced retention.

    This course is organised and run using Scrum as a management framework. This allows for feedback and flexibility as well as experiencing Scrum in action throughout the course.

    The Product Owner role is critical to maximising Return on Investment from agile product development / projects and is one of the most challenging yet rewarding of the agile roles. As the voice of the customer to the delivery team, a Product Owner needs to be able to work effectively not only with end users and other stakeholders but with the team on a daily basis.

    This course provides guidance and practical tools for fulfilling the function of Product Ownership using the Scrum framework and a complimentary set of the most widely used Agile techniques including:

    • Collaborative Envisioning,
    • User Stories,
    • Story Mapping,
    • Minimum Viable Product (MVP) management,
    • Techniques for soliciting customer/stakeholder input on priorities,
    • Product Backlog management,
    • Rolling Release management, and
    • Release Burndown with scope tracking.

    You will learn:

    • The importance of iteration, learning and risk management in product development.
    • What Scrum is and how a Product Owner works in this environment.
    • What a Product Owner does and what it takes to perform the role well.
    • How to create a shared vision.
    • How to create and maintain a healthy Product Backlog.
    • How to manage a Release to a successful outcome using agile techniques.


    About certification

    Certified Scrum Product Owner seal

    This Certified Scrum Product Owner training course is all-inclusive of a globally recognised certification with the Scrum Alliance for participants who fulfil the expectations of the trainer during the course. Whilst some pre-reading is required, there is no exam to complete after the training course.

    This course may qualify Project Management Professionals (PMPs) for 14 PDUs as approved by the Project Management Institute (PMI).


    Meet your trainer - Simon Bennett

    • Practitioner, Coach, Trainer & Speaker
    • Occasional CTO
    • Once Global Head of Agile, Lean & Systems Thinking
    • Co-Creator of Scrum for Team System
    • 25+ years in software
    • 15+ years in Agile
    • Agile Stalwart
    • CALM Founder

    Simon Bennett


    Simon is Managing Principal for LASTing Benefits (UK / Australia). LASTing Benefits is a boutique consultancy specialising in augmenting Lean and Agile adoptions with cognitive complexity and systems thinking techniques to create self sustaining organisational change.

    Simon’s particular interest and expertise lie in how the systems and scenarios we find ourselves in drive our behaviour; specifically the ways in which we view and interact with each other and how this affects our perceptions of the world and our decision making processes.

    This interest in human systems began in the early 90’s whilst working on military simulations. It was during this time that he first learned about OODA loops, game theory and Lean Manufacturing. After a decade of 2167/A based projects Simon then discovered what was soon to be known as Agile Software Development and began experimenting with techniques such as XP, Crystal and Scrum for in-house software development before joining Conchango a UK based consultancy who specialised in the delivery of complex software projects for Blue Chip clients using Agile Methodologies and Lean Software Development.

    A popular conference speaker and workshop facilitator, Simon covers a wide gamut of topics with a central theme: from how Game Theory can improve the outcomes of your Agile Contracts, how your employment contract affects your performance (and those around you), what Cynefin can tell us about Scrum and how obsessive backlog grooming could lead to a breakdown in the cognitive abilities of your stakeholders.

    Email: info [at] for more information


    Testimonials from course participants

    “Myself and the 5 Product Owners came away with some really useful methods for writing better stories. I’ll keep an eye out for more of your courses."

    - Gameplay Producer, The Creative Assembly

    “I have been lucky to have had Rowan as my coach for both CSM and CSPO ceritfications (in fact I chose him for the CSPO after the great experience I had on the CSM course). Rowan brings a wide range of experience in coaching scrum teams and in helping businesses with their introductions of scrum and other agile techniques. I can't recommend Rowan enough."

    - Simon Waight, CSM, CSPO and Cloud Architect (blog)

    “A fab overview for a non-software developer, and great to see the benefits of Scrum when waterfall is failing time and time again in your organisation!"

    - Program Director - major projects, PTG Global

    More testimonials...



    Scrum WithStyle is proud to offer the following great deals:

    • $200 off early bird special for bookings made more than 2 weeks prior to the course,
    • 5% off group discount when a group of 3 or more participants from the same organisation are booked together, and
    • 10% off group discount when a group of 6 or more participants from the same organisation are booked together.

    The following table shows the total price inc. GST for each situation.

    Number of people Group Discount Price per person inc. GST
    > 2 weeks prior < 2 weeks prior
    1 or 2 0% $1,495.00 $1,695.00
    3, 4 or 5 5% $1,410.25 $1,610.25
    6+ 10% $1,325.50 $1,525.50




    • Two full days training with a highly experienced agile practitioner.
    • A printed course workbook including slides and worksheets.
    • Full catering during the course including morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.
    • Certification as a Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) for participants who successfully meet expectations during the course.
    • 2 years of membership with the Scrum Alliance.
    • A letter of course completion that may be submitted to your employer and/or a professional body (PMI/ACS) for PDUs (available upon request).



    To register one or more participants for this course, simply select the "REGISTER" button at the top of this page.

    Payment options:

    • Credit card - Mastercard, Visa, Amex
    • Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) - enter promo code INVOICE at checkout
    • Cheque - enter promo code INVOICE at checkout

    If you have any questions, please see the Frequently Asked Questions on our website, or
    Call us on (02) 9567 3101, or
    Email us at

    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 courses are taught by Trainers approved by the Scrum Alliance.

  • Details

    Date: 23-24 March, 2017
    Location: Melbourne, VIC, Australia

    123 Queen Street
    Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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    Regular Price: $1,540 excl GST


    Please note | Due to illness Rowan Bunning who was orignally scheudled to conduct this course will now be unavailable. The course will be taken by Simon Bennett of Lasting Benefits instead.

  • Agenda

    Sprint Goals

    We use the Scrum framework to manage our Scrum certification courses as a two day Scrum initiative cycle that includes four half day Sprints.

    The following Sprint Goals provide a high level learning objectives for each half day.

    Goal: Scrum Framework and Product Owner Role - I am able to describe the Scrum framework and how it works from a Product Owner’s perspective.

    Goal: Product Owner Activities - I can describe the responsibilities of a Product Owner and how they interact with the participants and artefacts in Scrum to achieve the outcomes expected of Product Ownership.

    Goal: Product Shaping - I can demonstrate techniques for collaboratively building a shared vision and generate a customer-focused high-level product backlog for it.

    Goal: Release Management - I can demonstrate techniques for prioritising a product backlog and managing an unpredictable multi-Sprint release to a successful outcome.


    Initial course backlog

    The following backlog provides an initial course agenda. Just like any good Agile initiative, the backlog that we choose to pull in can change as we inspect feedback from stakeholders and make adaptations to the backlog during the course.

    Please note that the following backlog does not detail the many group discussions and hands-on exercises that we run throughout the course.

    Day 1: Scrum Framework and Product Owner Activities

    • Agility: As a Product Owner, I want to understand what it really means to be Agile in order to profit in a turbulent business environment.
    • The Scrum Framework: As a Product Owner, I want to understand the Scrum Framework, so that I can leverage it effectively in order to build my product.
    • Completing the Scrum Puzzle: As a Product Owner, I want understand Scrum rituals, relationships with other participants and Scrum writings holistically from a Product Owner perspective so that I understand how I interact with other people and artefacts in Scrum environment.
    • Product Backlog: As a Product Owner I want to understand what a good Product Backlog looks like, so that I can use it effectively to craft a successful product.
    • Refining the Product Backlog: As a Product Owner I want to understand the criteria for a well refined backlog, so that I can keep mine in good shape.
    • Sprint Planning: As a Product Owner I want to understanding my responsibilities in Sprint Planning, so as to get the best out of this key activity.
    • Sprinting: As a Product Owner, I want to know what is expected of me during Sprints so I can behave in a way that is best aligned to the Scrum approach.
    • Sprint Review: As a Product Owner I want to understand my role in Sprint Review, so as to get the best out of this key activity.
    • The Product Owner Role: As a Product Owner, I want to understand the characteristics of a good Product Owner, so that I know what it takes to do the job well.
    • Living the Scrum Values: As a Product Owner, I want to know what is valued as part of the Scrum approach so that I can use these values to guide me in my work.

    Day 2: Full-day Product Development Simulation

    • Envisioning: As a Product Owner I want to learn how to create a shared Vision, so that I create a motivating environment and have rich ongoing engagement with the vision.
    • User Roles: As a Product Owner I want to have clarity on who we are building the solution for so we can solicit their input and address their specific needs.
    • User Stories and Story Writing workshop: As a Product Owner, I want hands-on experience with User Stories, so that I have a technique for creating good Product Backlog Items.
    • Story Mapping: As a Product Owner, I want to be able to plan releases in a collaborative way so that I can get the best ideas and buy-in from all key players.
    • Splitting Stories As a Product Owner, I want a toolkit of techniques for splitting stories that I can use to keep my backlog well refined.
    • Prioritisation tools: As a Product Owner, I want some techniques I can use to help me to order my Product Backlog effectively.
    • Buy a Feature: As a Product Owner I want a technique for soliciting input from customers / stakeholders as to their interest in features so that I have richer information on their interests when prioritising.
    • Release Burndown: As a Product Owner, I want to learn how to interpret and use a Release Burndown, so that I can control my product progress to release.
    • Agile Release Management: As a Product Owner, I want to know how to manage my release so that our probability of success is maximised.
  • Who Should Attend


    This course is particularly suitable for those shaping the product/solution from a business perspective. This includes, but is not limited to:

    • Product Owners,
    • Product Managers,
    • Business Owners, and
    • Business Analysts.

    This course is also highly relevant to those involved in coaching a Product Owner to be effective in their role. This includes:

    • ScrumMasters,
    • Iteration Managers, and
    • Project Managers.

    We expect that participants whose experience is predominately with business operations may have limited familiarity with project management and product design issues. Conversely, participants coming from a project management or technical background may have may have less familiarity with how to ascertain value and make business decisions. For these reasons, this course covers both the Product Management (determining the right product) and the Project Management (successful execution) components of the Product Owner’s role.



    Whilst there are no formal training pre-requisites for the CSPO course, it is expected that participants have an appreciation of the challenges involved in product development or business solution delivery from a stakeholder or management perspective.


    At minimum, it is expected that participants are familiar with the material in the Scrum Primer (3.2 Mb PDF).

    Whilst not essential, participants can expect to get more out of the course having read the following book:

    Agile Product Management with Scrum: Creating Products that Customers Love by Roman Pichler, Addison-Wesley Professional, 2010.


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