Certified Scrum Product Owner Training

The Product Owner is the business representative on the Scrum Team. It is a big job to manage stakeholder desires and expectations, manage the Product Backlog to achieve maximum value and keep the Development Team working at a steady flow. The Product Owner is responsible for maximizing the delivery of value to the customer and return on investment to the organization. The Product Owner is the source of high-value work for the Development Team so that it can develop the best product incrementally.

In this class we will cover the basics of Scrum from the Product Owner’s perspective and then drill down on the critical skills for success. These skills include creation and management of the Product Backlog, articulating the product vision, working with User Stories, prioritizing functionality for optimal value creation, planning and managing product releases and working with the Development Team.

The Certificate

Certification requires that you be present and participating for the entire class . There is currently no exam for this certification. We do not use computers in this class and we request that you use your electronic devices only at break times. More information about the certification is available here.

The Course

This class runs from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Course attendees are encouraged to have basic knowledge of the Scrum framework from books, journal articles, and online content. Prior experience with Scrum is a plus. We highly recommend that you read this article.

The class a highly interactive and immersive, leveraging many techniques of accelerated learning. Come prepared to participate in many hands-on exercises and discussions. We run the class like development of a product – starting with too much to do in the time available. Using Scrum tools and the Product Owner’s challenge of choosing the highest value features, the class will make joint decisions on which topics we ultimately cover. Click here to see a more complete class agenda.

Who Should Attend?

This class is specific to the Product Owner role in Scrum. It is not for everyone, but there are many people in your organization who will benefit from the concepts we cover, including:

  • Working or soon-to-be Product Owners
  • Product Managers looking to transition to Scrum
  • ScrumMasters and Agile Coaches who want to increase their understanding and ability to support Product Owners
  • Business Analysts who may be working with Product Owners and Scrum Teams as advisors, SMEs or proxy Product Owners
  • Marketing and Sales staff who want to understand the dynamics of incremental product releases
  • Executives who want to shift to more agile product development

The Venues

Our public classes are held at business-class venues with the amenities you would expect. We try to have plenty of elbow room and wall space for the class work. We provide morning and afternoon snacks, lunch and beverages throughout the day. All of this is included in the course price. Parking is also included. Ask us about hotel discounts if you have to stay overnight.

For private classes, we will use whatever space your company has available or arrange for a public space when needed.

The Instructor

Roger Brown has been coaching and training in Agile and Scrum since 2004. He was a software developer for more years than he cares to admit, working in many domains and systems. His development experience includes Dartmouth College, Microsoft and TeleAtlas. He was active in internet programming before the “world-wide web” existed.

Roger has done Agile and Scrum training in the US, Canada, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Belgium, Sweden, Australia and India. He prefers to stay close to home in California these days, though, so you will see most of our classes happening on the West Coast, USA.

Roger spends at least half of his time coaching Scrum Teams and the organizations around them. His clients include many small, unknown companies and many big, well-known companies, most of them in California. He is a founding member of the Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Coach program. You can see a list of our training and coaching clients here.

Why Choose This Class?

There are many choices for Scrum Alliance Scrum Certification™. In California, particularly in the North, there are dozens of trainers who fly in to do a CSM or CSPO every once in a while. We are located in San Diego and have been doing classes in San Diego, San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Los Angeles since 2008. So what? It means that you Californians can get personalized follow-up coaching and private training in Scrum, Lean and Agile Development from a local one-stop shop instead of trying to figure out where your instructor came from.

In addition, this class is a lot of fun. Many people have remarked that it is the best technical course they have ever attended. Accelerated Learning techniques are not only engaging, they greatly increase your learning and retention. Take a look here at some comments from our clients.

We don’t give away any prizes or do any raffles, but you will leave the class with these new possessions:

  • A basic understanding of the Agile values and principles
  • A good feel for how and why Scrum works
  • A stress ball to help you deal with organizational impediments
  • A printed copy of the class slides full of whatever notes you take
  • A 2-year membership in the Scrum Alliance
  • Membership in a few Scrum-related discussion groups
  • 14 PDUs if you are a PMP

Private Training and Coaching

If you have 8 or more people looking for certification, want Agile training for many people with no concern for the certificate or have a team or two to get started, contact us for targeted training.