Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO)
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Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO)

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Course Description

As with life in general, there is more to do than time to do it, so we have to prioritize to suit the participants’ interest. We also cover many other topics as they come up, some in real time and some in the parking lot section at the end. For any special-interest topics we do not get to, we follow up the class with our list of Agile/Scrum articles.

The class will choose a subset of the following topics to cover. Some are required for certification, some are optional. Participants will make a joint priority decision on which they agree on as most important, just like real-life Product Owners do every day.


Topics Covered

* = Required for certification

* Product Ownership

  • Your organization may encounter challenges to product ownership
  • The Product Owner job has three main dimensions that make it a very large job for one person

* Opening

  • The overall objectives of the course are listed
  • The course materials include too much information for the time available. What shall we do?

* Scrum Planning

  • Scrum planning is continuous
  • Scrum planning happens at 5 levels, each with a different time horizon
  • The Product Backlog is the primary source of work to be completed and value to be delivered

* Product Vision

  • The Vision describes the purpose of the product to be created or enhanced
  • There are several ways to present the vision as a common goal for the Scrum Team
  • The Vision is the inspiration for the Product Backlog

Product Roadmap

  • Roadmapping is a tool for creating a longer term release strategy
  • Roadmaps describe the product in very high level terms

* User Stories

  • User Stories are simple descriptions of desired functionality
  • Stories are elaborated just-in-time for implementation
  • Stories are used for planning
  • The INVEST Criteria help us write good stories

* Prioritization

  • Priorities help the Scrum Team decide what to do next
  • Priorities help with long term planning
  • Prioritization can be done in many ways, based on many criteria


  • Agile estimation is done at both the high level and the low level
  • Estimates are used for planning and for tracking progress
  • Estimates are done quickly, by the Development Team
  • Estimates are not commitments

* Just in Time Elaboration

  • Story elaboration is done just in time to reduce wasted time defining details that may never get used
  • Details are provided to the Dev Team as conversations, acceptance criteria and speclets
  • Details may also lead to story splits

* Release Planning

  • There are two basic product release strategies based on time and scope
  • Risk is reduced by including slack in the plan
  • Release tracking and forecasting are based on real data about actual product completed

FAQ/Parking Lot

  • What questions remain?

Product Ownership Review

  • The Product Owner is a navigator in the world of profit-making
  • What skills would you look for in a Product Owner?

* Closing

  • More information for Product Owners
  • Wrapping up

* Agile Principles

  • Agile software development implements Lean principles and dynamics
  • The primary driver of Agile work is Value
  • Scrum is one form of Agile, designed initially for software development, but applicable to other kinds of work

* Scrum Framework

  • Scrum has 4 meetings and 3 artifacts
  • Scrum has 3 roles that share the responsibility of creating value in small increments
  • The roles complement each other to create a balanced team

Story Splitting

  • Smaller stories are easier to work with and enhance flow
  • Smaller stories gives us more options to reduce scope

* Working with the Dev Team

  • The Dev Team may propose stories for the Product Backlog
  • Teams take time to mature
  • The Dev Team is self-organizing
  • Awareness of effective motivators can help build a high performance team

Working with the ScrumMaster

  • The ScrumMaster is your partner in achieving a smooth flow and continuous improvement
  • The ScrumMaster is a productivity multiplier for the Team

Working with Stakeholders

  • Customers are not your only Stakeholders
  • You can’t please everyone all the time

Agile Testing

  • Testing during the Sprint
  • Agile testing practices
  • Roles/responsibilities in testing:

* Scrum Meetings

  • Scrum organizes work into 1-4 week time boxes called Sprints
  • Each Sprint has 4 primary meetings
  • The bulk of the time is spent creating value in the form of a product

* Product Backlog Management

  • A well-managed Product Backlog keeps the Development Team running smoothly
  • A 1-sprint look-ahead on stories will help the flow
  • The Team needs details Just In Time
  • Defining Ready and Done will dramatically reduce time waste


  • Where do Stories Come From?
  • Agile Teams may build product faster than traditional methods can discover user needs
  • There are few more Agile methods for finding customer needs

Budget and Finance

  • Budgeting relies on Release Planning
  • Velocity is the primary unknown in budget requests
  • Some organizations are moving to more Agile budgeting models

Scaling Scrum Up and Out

  • Scrum can scale to many Teams
  • Distributed Scrum is constrained by the laws of physics but there are patterns that can help

Portfolio Management

  • Agile and Scrum concepts can be applied at the product portfolio level


  • Read 2 articles
  • Discuss one

Focus and Flow

  • Scrum works best when the Team achieves a smooth flow of work
  • Scrum dynamics are based on the mathematics of queuing theory that we use to manage the Internet
  • Continuous improvement is an underlying goal of Scrum

Other Prioritization Tools

  • Relative Weighting can be applied to Stories
  • Financial Projection can be applied to Releases and Features
  • Innovation Games can quickly get input from your customers

Action Plan (Private classes only)

  • What concrete actions can we take to incorporate these concepts in our Scrum work?

Audience and Certification Details

This course is intended for anyone who will actively participate in a project using this approach. People on the edges of the project (secondary customers, management staff, and participants in related processes) will also benefit. Project teams are encouraged to attend as a group.




2 days


$1,295. $100 Early Bird Discount until 4 weeks before class. Call (636) 530-7776 ext 803 to enroll.