Professional Scrum Product Owner Training: Overview
The Professional Scrum Product Owner Training course provides certified product owner training by Scrum.org. The PSPO is for those who are, or wish to be, a Scrum product owner, providing the skills and confidence to achieve the greatest value in agile software product development. Using well-proven techniques in agile product management, the certified product owner will become a highly effective member of any Scrum team.
This course is designed to leave delegates more confident in five key areas:
- How product management works in an agile organisation.
- Maximising and measuring the value of the product.
- Scrum theory and empiricism.
- Using a product backlog as a tool to communicate and update the plan.
- Release management and forecasting delivery dates.
Attending this training includes two free attempts at the PSPO I assessment , leading to an industry-recognised certification (the second free attempt is only available if the first attempt is made within two weeks).
|Course Date||Course Venue||Booking Link|
|15 – 16 January 2018||London, UK||Book Now|
|19 – 20 March 2018||London, UK||Book Now|
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Professional Scrum Product Owner Training: Approach
To be a Scrum product owner requires more than knowledge of how to write a user story or manage a product backlog. A Scrum product owner needs to have a concrete understanding of everything that drives value from their products.
The Professional Scrum Product Owner (PSPO) Training course helps people to develop this understanding – from early stakeholder management to release planning and delivery.
This Scrum product owner training course addresses a significant gap in the skills software development industry that has grown over the last few years. An effective Scrum product owner is one of the best predictors of product success, but many Scrum product owners seem to misunderstand the breadth of the role’s responsibilities in delivering a successful product.
Professional Scrum Product Owner Training: Content
The PSPO course consists of modules that build on each other. Modules are exercise-driven and their success depends on effective group participation and interaction. Delegates will be able to immediately apply the techniques discussed in this course when they return to work.
Agile Product Management
Delegates explore the traditional practice of product management and how an agile approach can provide a competitive advantage. Rather than success being defined up front in terms of time, scope and budget; we highlight the aim of agile product management: optimising the value of the product at the point of delivery.
The case study project spanning the whole class is initiated as delegates chose a seed of an idea for a new product (or use their own real-life products), and explore the following techniques:
- Establishing a product vision.
- Modelling business strategy.
- Assessing the strategic alignment of their product within the organisation.
Value Driven Development
The primary job of a product owner is to optimise the value of their product, but value is a subjective measure. Delegates discuss what value means for their organisations and learn a range of techniques to help them maximise the value created by development teams:
- How to assess the current value of a product.
- The need to validate value hypotheses by releasing to customers and measuring feedback.
- Measuring and influencing the cost and lead time requires to get an idea to market.
- Improving innovation rates by managing technical overheads and customer usage.
Many of these techniques involve the selective and targeted use of the right metrics with clear goals in mind. We highlight some common anti-patterns where metrics are incentivised or used just because they are available. Delegates then apply these principles to the class case study project by selecting a small number of success criteria for their products.
Scrum Theory and Empiricism
Delegates explore the nature of software and the effect of uncertainty in planning and release management. We identify tools to help categorise work and match it to the framework and leadership style.
Scrum is an empirical process of regular inspection and adaption. This risk management strategy deals with complexity by frequently refining an imperfect plan rather than seeking to anticipate every variable through up-front design, architecture and requirements analysis.
The Scrum Framework
We define and describe the Scrum framework core elements and relate them back to agile principles and empiricism. Having defined the framework within which agile product management may be achieved, delegates apply this to a number of product delivery scenarios including:
- Re-writing legacy applications with new technology.
- Creating distinct product lines within an enterprise organisation.
- Issues arising from splitting decision-making across multiple roles and/or business units.
Product Backlog Management
The product backlog is the central artefact representing a strategic plan for all work to be carried out in the future. Delegates learn industry standard practices for effective product backlog management:
- Analysing items to the level of detail required at the time.
- Reducing waste that occurs when building up an inventory of analysis: identifying the “last responsible moment”.
- Presenting roadmaps, release plans and forecasts.
- User stories and acceptance criteria as options for expressing requirements.
- User story mapping.
- Understanding the relative sizing / story point estimation undertaken by development teams.
- Other factors to consider when ordering the backlog: risk; return on investment; dependancies.
Delegates use a selection of these techniques to take their product vision and business model; and create an ordered product backlog.
A key accountability of the product owner is to decide what and when to release. Exactly what and precisely when are factors that will evolve throughout the development of a product, so product owners need to be equipped with the following insights:
- Understanding the range of reasons to make a release; from fixing bugs to responding to market opportunity.
- Release strategies; from infrequent major releases to small, functional releases occurring multiple times in a single sprint.
- Matching your release strategy to the rate at which your customers will accept change.
- Forecasting release dates using velocity.
- Date-driven vs feature-driven planning.
- Creating and updating release plans and how to communicate these to stakeholders.
Delegates will create a release plan for their products and explore the extent to which time, scope and cost can be understood at the start. Delegates are able to reflect on the constraints that exist at this stage in their own organisations, and how to bring clarity to the decision-making process.
Professional Scrum Product Owner Training: Outcomes
Becoming a certified product owner requires more than attendance on the training course. Scrum.org product owner certification requires a minimum score on a rigorous online assessment. On completion of the course delegates are provided with a password for them to take the PSPO I assessment. If the minimum score is achieved on the PSPO I assessment certified Scrum product owners will be posted on the Scrum.org website and use their product owner certificate to demonstrate completion of this effective Scrum product owner training course.