This course is targeted at Product Owners and anyone else accountable for maximizing the value delivered by software products and services. Typically we teach this course to Product Managers, Project Managers, Business Analysts, existing Product Owners and managers who come from a business value perspective. Scrum Masters also take this course to understand the Product Owner role and to help guide the Product Owner in the use of Scrum.
What will you achieve?
- The skills of a Scrum Product Owner through practical real world instruction and team-based exercises.
- The understanding of how to maximize the value of software products and systems.
- The ability to manage your product backlog.
- A thorough understanding of the empirical process theory underpinning the mechanics, rules and roles of the Scrum framework.
- Product management from an Agile perspective.
- The knowledge to take and pass the Certified Scrum Product Owner exam at the end of this course.
What will you learn?
Maximizing Business Value
Scrum is a foundation to unlocking business agility and we teach you how to achieve this by closely collaborating with the Scrum team on an ongoing basis and to guide and direct the team through actively managing the product backlog, providing clarity on questions as they arise, providing feedback, setting the priorities and signing off on the product deliverables.
The Scrum Framework
Scrum theory includes time-boxing, and specific roles, rules, and artifacts. All elements of Scrum complement each other to form a consistent whole. All work is performed in Sprints. You will learn the base rules, events, and roles as described in the Scrum Guide and how these apply to your role as a Product Owner in your organisation. Each part of Scrum ultimately ties back to the principles and theory of the Scrum Guide so we will master these principles.
This is foundational knowledge for every Product Owner and Scrum Team member.
Scrum Theory and Principles
Scrum is founded on empirical process theory to deal with the complexity typical to software development. All principles and values of Scrum are based on the fundamental view of software development as being creative and complex work.
As a Product Owner you will learn from a value perspective, how Scrum implements empiricism in software development. An understanding of this process will significantly help you when dealing with the Scrum Team and negotiating on elements such as Technical Debt. You will be able to explain how the Scrum principles tie back to the empirical nature of Scrum, and how they are fundamentally different from those of more traditional software development approaches. You will understand the impact of the transparency that Scrum brings and requires, and how Scrum is best used to increase an organization’s agility.
The Scrum Ceremonies
The three ceremonies (meetings) are Sprint Planning, Sprint Reviews and the Daily Scrum. We will simulate these meetings, provide scenarios and role play to provide you with the confidence to fulfill your role effectively during these meetings.
The Scrum Artefacts
The 3 main deliverables from the Scrum team are the Product Backlog, the Sprint Backlogs and the Burndown charts. You will need to fully understand these and we will look at some of the common problems you may face and how to overcome them.
As a Product Owner, you may be required to scale up operations or even take on the role of Product Owner on more than one Scrum team at the same time. Understanding scaling as well as distributed Scrum is our goal in this area and the challenges of transitioning an organization to Scrum.
At the end of the second day of this course you will take an exam. This is a one hour open book exam. You will receive your exam results on the same day. Upon successfully passing this exam you will be issued with a Certificate and you can then add "Certified Product Owner" to your C.V.
Anyone needing to retake this exam will be offered one extra attempt free of charge. If any further attempts are needed they are charged at £45 per attempt and you can take your exam at the end of day 2 of the next available scheduled Product Owner course.
There are no formal prerequisites for this course. However to get the most from your training we recommend reading the following:
- The Scrum Guide is a single document summarising the essential elements of Scrum, written by the founders of Scrum, Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber.
- The Agile Manifesto details the pillars upon which Scrum was founded and comprises a declaration of their aims and 12 guiding principles.
- We strongly recommend that you read Agile Product Management with Scrum by Roman Pichler. This is our absolute favourite book on being a Scrum Product Owner.
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