Preparation for Product Owner certification with scrum.org (2 day)

This course covers all focus areas and exam preparation for the online Product Owner certification from scrum.org

Background

The use of agile development methods such as Scrum continues to grow apace. This is based on extraordinary benefits in productivity, quality, predictability and flexibility being experienced across diverse companies and industries. Scrum has now entered the mainstream, with the majority of software development organisations worldwide using it in at least some projects. But to be successful, the role of Product Owner is key, and qualified Product Owners are in big demand. A rigorous certification is increasingly important in accessing these new and exciting opportunities.

The creators of Scrum, Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber, have defined the key concepts and practices of Scrum and introduced a certification Scrum Product Owners. This course provides a comprehensive overview of the concepts underlying agile, the Scrum framework itself and the core responsibilities of the Product Owner: Agile Requirements Management and Planning. The training includes classroom type presentation, interactive exercises and simulations, sample exam questions and in-depth discussions with experienced Scrum practitioners/trainers. Covering all material in the certification syllabus and much more, this course will give you the knowledge needed to pass the online exam and work as an effective Scrum Product Owner.

 

Our courses and trainers are consistently rated ‘Excellent’ by attendees, with our hands-on exercises and simulations particularly popular for illustrating concepts (and being fun!) 

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for Product Managers, Product Owners, Project Managers, Business Analysts and Team Leads – those involved in defining and managing requirements and planning Scrum sprints and releases.

For details on the Scrum Product Owner certification Exam, see www.scrum.org

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Define the key agile values, principles and benefits
  • Explain the theory behind Scrum and why it works
  • Describe the Scrum framework including roles, events and artifacts
  • Leverage Scrum to optimise value creation and customer satisfaction
  • Lead Story Writing Workshops to define user stories and acceptance criteria
  • Help the team plan and estimate in an agile environment
  • Run a Release Planning event with your team and project stakeholders
  • Define an effective product backlog covering stories and other work items
  • Steer the Scrum team by providing feedback and support for the evolving software system to maximise productivity and business value

Topics Covered

  • Introduction to Agile
    • Agile values, principles and practices – managing complexity with empiricism
    • Exercise: The Name Game
    • Business benefits of Agile
    • Exercise: Value Flow Game
  • The Scrum Framework
    • Roles – ScrumMaster, Product Owner and Developer
    • Timeboxed Events – Sprint Planning, Stand-Up, Review and Retrospective
    • Backlog Refinement/Grooming – a continuous activity
    • Artifacts – Including Backlogs, Definition of Done and Product Increments
  • The Product Owner role and Responsibilities
    • Product owner role in the four Scrum meetings
    • Product Owner Characteristics and typical responsibilities
    • The Product Owner as Leader – working with the ScrumMaster
  • Requirements Management in Agile
    • Defining your stakeholders and understanding their needs
      • The Agile Contract – A new way to engage with your customers
    • Product Vision, Epics, User stories, Acceptance Criteria and Spikes
    • Exercise: Defining a Product Vision and Project Charter
    • Specification by Example – using examples to define Acceptance Criteria
    • The INVEST criteria for user stories
    • User stories and acceptance criteria with examples
    • Exercise: defining and refining user stories using a workshop approach
    • Rightsizing Work – Delivering Potentially Releasable Product Increments
    • Exercise: Breaking up Work and Defining Spikes
  • Release and Sprint Planning
    • Estimation with Story Points, Planning Poker and Velocity
    • Exercise: Using Planning Poker
    • Effectively managing change with Scrum
    • Prioritising your Backlog to Maximise Value and Minimise Risk
      • Return on Investment, Cost of Delay, Weighted Shortest Job First
    • Defining Product and Release scope
      • Minimum Viable Features & Products
      • Planning and Costing Product Releases in Scrum
    • Tracking progress to scope and schedule in agile projects
  • Working with Scrum at Scale and across Distributed Organisations
    • The Dual Role Product Owner model
  • Certification Exam Preparation
  • Exam Tips and Techniques
  • Recap of the Scrum Framework, the Scrum Guide and the Product Owner Role
  • Answer, Assess and Discuss Sample Exam Questions

2 Responses to Preparation for Product Owner certification with scrum.org (2 day)

  1. Anddrea Baccolini says:

    Hi, I would like to know when there is a Product Owner training certification .
    Also I would like to know where is the certification recognize in which standard and organizations etc. And time and costs involved in the process

    • coheocha says:

      Hi Anddrea,
      I hope to schedule a public course later in the summer – I’m currently only running this course in-house with specific organisations. I’ll add you to a mailing list so you get notification of dates.
      The cost is €850 for the training, and if you want to do the exam to gain certification, there is an additional $200 fee. Certification is from scrum.org, founded and run by the creators of Scrum. See scrum.org for details. Its a two day intensive course, and a few hours study is advised to ensure you pass the ‘non-trivial’ exam.

      Regards, Colm

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