Certified Scrum Product Owner® (en)
This 2-day Certified Scrum Product Owner course provides the means for an acting Product Owner to take over this demanding role with success. The Product Owner represents the users and customers of a product being developed with Scrum. In this position her responsibility is to ensure that the development teams are working on the right things — the most valuable and important things from the perspective of users, customers and the business. The Product Owner is in charge of what features are built into the product and when they are released.
Our training methods lean on active, participative learning techniques based on a combination of new concepts, first-hand experience in applying the concepts through group exercises, and reflective thinking around those experiences. Brain science shows that the most effective way to learn is a combination of active doing and questioning, building on what we already know and focusing attention to topics that participants have a native interest in.
Following completion of the course, participants will be registered as Certified Scrum Product Owners with the Scrum Alliance, including a two-year membership and access to its library of online resources.
The Certified Scrum Product Owner course begins with an overview of the Scrum framework and its underlying theory to ensure sufficient foundations for the more pragmatic topics of being a Product Owner. This two-day training focuses on helping the Product Owner understand and make sense of their market, users and the product — arming the Product Owner with practical tools for managing product development, assessing and reasoning about options, as well as defining and prioritizing Product Backlog items effectively.
Among other things, and topics brought up by the participants themselves, the trainers draw on a variety of topics depending on the context and interest of the participants:
- How does Scrum differ from more traditional approaches to product management?
- How does Scrum increase transparency and improve predictability?
- How does Scrum help the Product Owner reduce project and business risks?
- What is the Product Owner role and what are her responsibilities?
- How to work with customers, users and other stakeholders?
- How to scale the Product Owner role when one person can’t do it all?
- How to describe users and their needs using personas?
- How to lay the foundations of a good user experience with scenarios and storyboards?
- How to write user stories to describe the product’s functionality?
- What are the desirable characteristics of a Product Backlog Item?
- How to maintain the Product Backlog with the whole team?
- How to keep track of the big picture for the product being built?
- How to validate work done in the Sprint Review meeting?
- How to assess progress towards release plans and schedules?
- How to scale Scrum framework and Product Owner role to meet the needs of large enterprise or big projects
Who should attend?
While the course is designed primarily for individuals acting as Product Owners it is also useful for people working directly with Product Owners in a supporting role as well as for executives and stakeholders seeking to understand the essentials of agile product management.
Basic knowledge of Scrum is useful but not required for effective participation. While reading the Core Scrum article on Scrum Alliance pages with thought should be sufficient for preparation, we warmly recommend interested participants to read the book The Elements of Scrum by Chris Sims and Hillary Louise Johnson for a more thorough treatment of the Scrum framework. Another great introduction to Scrum is the Scrum Primer by Pete Deemer.
This course will be held in English.