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Professional Scrum Product Owner (PSPO)

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2 Days

Participants will be able to make the most of the class if they:

  • Have studied the Scrum Guide (required). 
  • Understand the basics of product management. 
  • Currently manage a product, or will be managing a product in the future. 
  • Have a clear sense of the challenges and opportunities facing their product. 
  • Want to know more about how to leverage agility to deliver more value to their customers.
The Professional Scrum Product Owner (PSPO) course teaches people how to maximize the delivery of value through software products and systems. Agile Product Ownership today requires more than knowledge of how to write a User Story or manage a Product Backlog. Professional Product Owners need to have a concrete understanding of everything that drives value from their products. The PSPO course helps students develop and solidify this understanding - from early stakeholder management to release planning and delivery.

The PSPO course addresses a significant skill gap in the software development industry that we have seen growing over the last few years. An effective Product Owner is one of the best predictors of product success, but many Product Owners seem to misunderstand the breadth of the role's responsibilities in delivering a successful product. Maximizing Return On Investment (ROI), optimizing Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), and capitalizing on product Agility are the things a Product Owner is intimately concerned with that the PSPO course focuses on.

The defined curriculum of the PSPO course is maintained and regularly enhanced through contributions from experts in the Scrum network of Professional Scrum Trainers. Only the most qualified instructors are chosen to become Professional Scrum Trainers and deliver this course. Each instructor brings his or her individual experiences and areas of expertise to bear, but all students learn the same core course content. This improves their ability to pass the Professional Scrum Product Owner assessments and apply Scrum in their workplaces.

Below is a high-level agenda for the PSPO course. The course consists of modules that build on each other. Modules are exercise-driven, and their success depends on effective group participation and interaction. Participants should be able to immediately start applying the techniques discussed in this course upon return to work.

This course is designed for individuals who are accountable for maximizing the value delivered by products and services, including:

  • Product Managers and Scrum Product Owners responsible for the delivery of a product, from conception to customer usage. 
  • IT Development Managers responsible for a line of business or internal company system. 
  • Strategy managers responsible for the overarching direction of a product or product family.

Scrum Masters can also benefit from this course as their role often includes coaching Product Owners.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand value drivers and strategies for assessing 
  • Differentiate between Agile product management and tradition 
  • Manage requirements and products 
  • Explore release strategies and lean planning

Value Driven Development
The primary job of a Product Owner is to maximize the value created by the product for which he or she is responsible. This section covers value drivers, and strategies for measuring them.

Product Management
Agile product management is different than traditional approaches. This section explores those differences, as well as how the Product Owner works in an Agile environment to deliver a product.

Managing Requirements
The Product Backlog is the fuel that feeds the development team, and managing it is one of the primary roles of the Scrum Product Owner. Here you will learn about User Stories, ordering and organization strategies, and Product Backlog grooming.

Planning Releases
What does a good release look like? Why are releases done? What impact can a bad release have on you and your customer? This section explores release strategies and how to optimize the delivery of value with them.

Lean Planning
A release is the first step to realizing value. What better way to learn how to plan a release than to do it? Here students cover the basics of identifying a release goal and requirements, backlog ordering, estimation, adjustment, and baseline planning.

Managing Products
Understanding Total Cost of Ownership is fundamental to successfully managing a product. How do you balance between optimizing the value of a release and maximizing the value of the product or system as an asset for the organization? How does that fit into your product roadmap, and why is your Development Team's "Definition of Done" so fundamental to everything that you do?

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