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Certified Scrum Product Owner®
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM Tom Mellor Marten House Hotel and Lilly Conference Center 1801 W 86th St, Indianapolis Indianapolis IN 46260 United States of America 39.9101971 -86.1972284 950


Tom Mellor


  • Course

    Date: 13-14 July, 2013
    Location: Indianapolis, IN, United States of America

    Regular Price: $950

    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 Marten House Hotel and Conference Center in Indianapolis, IN and will run from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Saturday and Sunday, July 13 and 14.

    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 14 professional development units (PDUs) 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


    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: 13-14 July, 2013
    Location: Indianapolis, IN, United States of America

    Marten House Hotel and Lilly Conference Center
    1801 W 86th St, Indianapolis
    Indianapolis, IN 46260 United States of America

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    Regular Price: $950


    The trainers for this class are Tom Mellor, CST ( / 309.846.6792) and Brad Swanson, CST (

    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 Certified ScrumMaster and Certified Product Owner. He has also presented about Scrum and Agile in numerous 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 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 70 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 in coaching and mentoring others in modern product development. 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.

    Brad Swanson

    Brad Swanson is a Senior Agile Coach and Vice President at agile42. He started his software career at age 10 on the Apple IIe and is now a Certified Scrum Trainer® (CST) and Coach (CSC) with 19 years of experience in management, project and program leadership, product management, and software development in both start-ups and large companies. Brad has led agile transformations using XP, Scrum and Kanban at many organizations across the US, Europe, and Asia. He has deep experience with agile software development, starting with eXtreme Programming (XP) in 1999. Brad is President of Agile Denver and a speaker at international conferences. In addition to his deep experience with agile software methods, Brad has a long history with software process improvement initiatives. He has led ISO 9001 and CMM initiatives for a 2000-person engineering organization. Brad previously held the positions of Director, Engineering Manager, Senior Consultant, Software Performance Engineering Lead, Technical Lead, and Senior Software Engineer.

  • Agenda

    · Scrum Product Ownership and Product Management

    o Similarities and differences between Scrum Product Ownership and Product Management

    o Integration of the roles and necessary skills and knowledge for each

    o Lean Startup influences and applications to Scrum Product Ownership

    o Management of products at the project, component and enterprise levels

    · 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 Required Skills and Behaviors, and Responsibilities and Accountabilities

    o Product Owner interactions with team and others during the Scrum Lifecycle

    · The Product Backlog

    o Building and Managing the Product Backlog – building the right product the right way

    o Stakeholder and Customer Input

    o User Stories

    o Acceptance Criteria and the Definition of Done

    o 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

  • 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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