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Certified Scrum Product Owner®

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1/12/2013 12:00:00 AM Tom Mellor Heartland Community College 1500 West Raab Road Workforce Development Center (WDC) Room 1006 Normal IL 61761 United States of America 40.5142026 -88.9906312 1200


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  • Course

    Date: 12-13 January, 2013
    Location: Normal, IL, United States of America

    Regular Price: $1200

    The Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) course equips the Scrum Product Owner with the foundational knowledge to operate in the role effectively and successfully.  This course will be held at Heartland Community College Workforce Development Center (WDC) Room 1006 in Normal, IL and will run from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Saturday and Sunday, January 12 and 13.


    Following successful completion of the course, each participant will be designated a Certified Scrum Product Owner. This certification includes a one-year membership in the Scrum Alliance, where additional member-only material and information are available.  The course counts for 15 professional development units in PMI.


    In the Scrum product development framework, the Product Owner is responsible and accountable for guiding and helping the product development team build a customer delighting product and for managing the release of that product.  The Product Owner must manage many relationships among stakeholders, organization managers, customers, product users, and the product development team, and the Product Owner must navigate the organization to understand the complex political processes and how to manage them.  Traditionally, trained project and product managers are responsible for these duties, but in Scrum, that responsibility falls to the Product Owner


    Scrum provides a way to directly and effectively manage the product development through its Intuitive and lightweight process.  Scrum delivers completed increments of the product at rapid, regular intervals, and the Product Owner manages the creation of the work through a Scrum artifact, the Product Backlog.  The Product Backlog is a placeholder of features the Product Owner and others desire in the product and these features are ordered according to value, cost, and risk criteria.  The Scrum Development Team relies upon the Product Backlog to help guide it in building the most valuable functionality first and to mitigate risks early in the project.


    As the product is developed incrementally, the Product Owner grooms the Product Backlog to incorporate changing desires and demands from the various interested parties and to respond to changing business conditions.  Scrum’s early and continuous learning and adaptation process can also identify troubled projects early, thus providing for earlier remedial action.


    Attendees will learn:

    ·           Practical, project-proven expected Product Owner behaviors, characteristics, and traits

    ·           How to create a usable Product Backlog using user stories and other techniques

    ·           Proven techniques for prioritizing the Product Backlog

    ·           Tips for working with the Scrum Development Team, stakeholders, management, and others

    ·           To forecast delivery and release dates for the product using various technique

    ·           Tips for managing various key variables influencing successful product delivery

    ·           Use of Scrum in delivering software and non-software products

    ·           Actual experiences of the instructor and a current Product Owner now actively managing a Product Backlog at a large company


    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: 12-13 January, 2013
    Location: Normal, IL, United States of America

    Heartland Community College
    1500 West Raab Road
    Workforce Development Center (WDC) Room 1006
    Normal, IL 61761 United States of America

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    Regular Price: $1200


    The trainer for this class is Tom Mellor ( / 309.846.6792).  Additional information about the class can also be obtained from Tom or Lowell Lindstrom of the Oobeya Group at / 630.335.0889. 


    Lowell Lindstrom


    Lowell is a Certified Scrum Trainer and an Innovation Games Trained Facilitator.  He received is BS in Computer Science from Northwestern University and his MM from Northwestern's Kellogg Graduate School of Management.  He is published in the Cutter IT Journal, the Auerbach IS Management Handbook (8th ed.), and various conference proceedings.  In 2005, Lowell founded The Oobeya Group, which helps organizations successfully spread thesuccessful use of lean and agile techniques toall teams and functional areas.  He designs and delivers custom transition engagements for businesses needing more effective practices. 


    Lowell has been involved in developing and deploying software products for over 25 years, having held roles from Software Developer, Test Lead, TQM Manager, Product Manager, Regional Sales Manager, and General Manager.    He is among the early pioneers in Agile Software Development. In 1999, while a VP at Object Mentor, he worked with Bob Martin, Kent Beck, Ron Jeffries and Martin Fowler to develop the ultimate Agile learning experience, XP Immersion™.  In 2002, Lowell designed and delivered the first commercially available course on the business practices of Agile Software Development.  


    Lowell continues to take on leadership roles in Agile-focused industry and community groups.   He was the organizing chair of the first North American conference on Agile Software Development (XP/Agile Universe) in 2001, and program chair in 2004.  He was instrumental in unifying the then two leading Agile conferences. He was the Business Theme Program Chair for Agile 2010. He is a co-founder and former director of the Agile Project Leadership Network (APLN).   He has been a member of the Scrum Alliance since its inception and and served as its interim Managing Director in late 2009/early 2010. 


    Tom Mellor


    Tom is a seasoned Certified Scrum Trainer and past member and chair of the Board of Directors of the Scrum Alliance. He has trained over 80 classes in certifed Scrum training and presented Scrum and Agile training in a number of workshops and conferences.  He has been involved in business and IT for 35+ years and enjoys working with the broader Scrum community and helping others learn and use Scrum. 


    Tom introduced Scrum and agile values, principles, and practices into one of the world's largest companies in 2004 and has spent the last 9 years working with, training, coaching, and helping several thousand ScrumMasters, Product Owners, Developers, other IT workers and business people in understanding and applying Scrum and understanding the ideas behind what it means to have an agile culture and work environment. He has worked directly on over 60 IT projects up to 85,000 labor hours in size, many of them using Scrum as the product development approach, and he has assisted with dozens of other projects.  


     Tom is a speaker at conferences and consults to organizations about the interplay of agile and company culture.  Tom is a member of Agile Indy, an Indianapolis Agile User Group and continues to serve in various volunteer capacities with the Scrum Alliance.



















  • Agenda

    ·         Scrum and Agile Foundation

    o   Scrum and Agile Values and Principles

    o   Scrum Roles and Responsibilities

    o   Scrum Empirical Process Lifecycle Including Artifacts and Meetings

    ·         The Product Owner Role

    o   Behaviors, Responsibilities and Accountability

    o   Product Owner Role During the Scrum Lifecycle

    ·         The Product Backlog

    o   Building and Managing the Product Backlog

    o   Stakeholder and Customer Input

    o   User Stories

    o   Acceptance Criteria and the Definition of Done

    ·         Prioritization of Features in the Product Backlog

    o   Value Assessment and Return on Investment

    o   Risk-Based Prioritization

    o   Minimal Releasable Features (MRF) and Minimum Viable Product (MVP)

    ·         Estimation and Release Planning

    o   Approaches to Estimation 

    o   Product Roadmap and Foreseeing Releases

    o   Velocity-Driven Release Planning

    o   Fixed-Schedule Planning

    o   Updating the Release Plan

    ·         Reporting

    o   Burn Charts and Other Reporting

  • Who Should Attend

    People who desire to know more about product development management using Scrum, including Product Managers, Product Owners, Project Managers, Business Analysts, and any user of Scrum who desires to know more about the Product Owner role.  Completers of the course will be certified through the Scrum Alliance as a Certified Scrum Product Owner. 


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