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Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) Workshop

2 Days
Classroom Session


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16.00 CPEs
10.00 T-PDUs
2.00 T-PDUs
10.00 T-PDUs
2.00 L-PDUs
2.00 S-PDUs

Expertise Level: Intermediate
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As we move through the disciplines promoted by Scrum you will gain a comprehensive understanding of this agile product development methodology while specifically reviewing the behaviors expected of a Product Owner. While many of us may be accustomed to the practice of establishing value and priority across projects, the Product Owner needs to consider value and priority across the features of a single project.

After successfully completing this class, participants will be registered with the Scrum Alliance as Certified Scrum Product Owners (CSPO), and will have on-line access to the class training materials and any updates for one year. PMPs can also claim 14 PDU's with the PMI.


Upcoming Dates and Locations
Guaranteed To Run
Sep 20, 2017 – Sep 21, 2017    8:30am – 5:00pm Nashville, Tennessee

Instructor: Kate Megaw

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at 1-877-800-5221
Nashville, TN 37201
United States

Sep 20, 2017 – Sep 21, 2017    8:30am – 5:00pm Dallas, Texas

Instructor: Judy Neher

Homewood Suites by Hilton Dallas-DFW Airport N-Grapevine
2214 Grapevine Mills Circle West
Grapevine, TX 76051
United States

Sep 25, 2017 – Sep 26, 2017    8:30am – 5:00pm Kansas City, Missouri

H&R Block Headquarters
One H&R Block Way
Kansas City, MO 64105
United States

Sep 27, 2017 – Sep 28, 2017    8:30am – 5:00pm Atlanta, Georgia

Instructor: Aakash Srinivasan

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at 1-877-800-5221
Atlanta, GA 30301
United States

Sep 27, 2017 – Sep 28, 2017    8:30am – 5:00pm Jacksonville, Florida

Instructor: Lonnie Weaver-Johnson

Holiday Inn Baymeadows
11083 Nurseryfields Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32256
United States

Oct 4, 2017 – Oct 5, 2017    8:30am – 5:00pm Indianapolis, Indiana

Instructor: Tom Mellor

Indiana Wesleyan University
6325 Digital Way
Suite 222
Indianapolis, IN 46278
United States

Oct 12, 2017 – Oct 13, 2017    8:30am – 5:00pm Madison, Wisconsin

Instructor: Lonnie Weaver-Johnson

Hyatt Place Madison Downtown
333 West Washington Ave
Madison, WI 53703
United States

Oct 17, 2017 – Oct 18, 2017    9:00am – 5:00pm Redmond, Washington

Instructor: Bryan Stallings

6801 185th Ave NE
Suite 200
Redmond, WA 98052
United States

Oct 19, 2017 – Oct 20, 2017    8:30am – 5:00pm Charleston, South Carolina

Instructor: Anu Smalley

Holiday Inn Mt. Pleasant
250 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. Hwy 17
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
United States

Oct 23, 2017 – Oct 24, 2017    8:30am – 5:00pm Raleigh, North Carolina

Instructor: Jason Tanner

Hilton Garden Inn RDU Airport
1500 RDU Center Drive
Morrisville, NC 27560
United States

Oct 25, 2017 – Oct 26, 2017    8:30am – 5:00pm Tampa, Florida

Instructor: Judy Neher

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at 1-877-800-5221
Tampa, FL 33601
United States

Oct 26, 2017 – Oct 27, 2017    8:30am – 5:00pm Clearwater, Florida

Homewood Suites St. Petersburgh Clearwater
2233 Ulmerton Road
Clearwater, FL 33762
United States

Nov 8, 2017 – Nov 9, 2017    8:30am – 5:00pm Charlotte, North Carolina

Instructor: Chris Lee

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at 1-877-800-5221
Charlotte, NC 28201
United States

Nov 9, 2017 – Nov 10, 2017    8:30am – 5:00pm Des Moines, Iowa

Instructor: Lonnie Weaver-Johnson

Staybridge Suites West Des Moines
6905 Lake Dr
West Des Moines, IA 50266
United States

Nov 9, 2017 – Nov 10, 2017    8:30am – 5:00pm Charlotte, North Carolina

Hyatt Place Charlotte Downtown
222 S Caldwell Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
United States

Nov 9, 2017 – Nov 10, 2017    8:30am – 5:00pm Atlanta, Georgia

Instructor: Brian Rabon

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at 1-877-800-5221
Atlanta, GA 30301
United States

Nov 15, 2017 – Nov 16, 2017    8:30am – 5:00pm Chicago, Illinois

Instructor: Tom Mellor

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at 1-877-800-5221
Chicago, IL 60601
United States

Nov 15, 2017 – Nov 16, 2017    8:30am – 5:00pm Salt Lake City, Utah

Instructor: Anu Smalley

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at 1-877-800-5221
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
United States

Nov 15, 2017 – Nov 16, 2017    8:30am – 5:00pm Birmingham, Alabama

Instructor: Anu Smalley

Hampton Birmingham Colonnade
3400 Colonnade Pkwy
Birmingham, AL 35243
United States

Nov 16, 2017 – Nov 17, 2017    8:30am – 5:00pm New York, New York

NYC Seminar and Conference Center
71 West 23rd
Suite 515-Lower Level
New York, NY 10010
United States

Course Outline

Short exercises and case studies will be scattered throughout the two-day session. Longer exercises are detailed below. Time spent on each topic will vary depending on the composition of the class and the interest in particular areas.

Day 1

I. Agile Thinking - In order for us to understand the benefits of Scrum and the nuances behind its framework, we begin with the history of agile methods and how relatively new thoughts in software development have brought us to Scrum.

a. How manufacturing has influenced software development
b. The origins of agile thinking
c. The Agile Manifesto
d. The complexity of projects
e. Theoretical Vs. Empirical processes overview
f. The "Iron Triangle" of Project Management

Exercise: The "Art of the Possible." This is an opportunity to understand how small changes in behavior can have a large impact on productivity. This also turns our thinking towards new ideas and a willingness to change for the better.

Exercise: The Ball Point Game", courtesy of Boris Gloger. Project simulation is designed to expose different agile concepts in practice, allowing participants to experience work in an iterative, self-managed environment.

II. The Scrum Framework - Here we'll ensure that we're all working from the same foundational concepts that make up the Scrum Framework.

a. The different Scrum roles
b. Chickens and Pigs
c. Iterative Development vs. Waterfall
d. Self Management concepts
e. Full disclosure and visibility
f. The Scrum Framework Overview

Exercise: The 59-minute Scrum Simulation. This popular exposure to Scrum asks us to work on a short project that lasts for just 59 minutes! We'll actually take more time than that as we walk through all of the key steps under the Scrum framework, work in project teams to deliver a new product.

III. Scrum Roles - Who are the different players in the Scrum game? We'll review checklists of role expectations and discuss some difficult situations that we might encounter.

a. The Team Member
b. The Product Owner
c. The Scrum Master

Exercise: This is a long-running exercise that carries through into our remaining sections that follow where we will discuss and practice various aspects of product and project planning in an agile Scrum environment.

Day 2

IV. The Product Backlog, Product Visioning, and Progressive Elaboration. The Scrum Team must have an understanding of our Product Vision so they can make good decisions. The Product Backlog is a reflection of that vision, and we'll practice developing its content.

a. Defining the Product Vision
b. The Contents of The Product Backlog
c. Prioritizing our Time Spent on the Product Backlog
d. Using User Stories
e. Bill Wake's INVEST Model
f. Product Backlog Granularity

V. Velocity and Story Points. Since a Product Owner is responsible for monitoring progress, we'll discuss and practice how to measure a Team's progress in delivering product features.

a. Relative Effort
b. Planning Poker and Story Points
c. Ideal Team Days
d. Team Capacity
e. Projecting a Schedule
f. Project Management Variables and Velocity

VI. Prioritization Considerations and Methods. Prioritization is the Product Owner's number one tool for maximizing return on investment. In this section we'll review different techniques available to establish meaningful priorities.

a. Bringing Prioritization Into a Project
b. Themes and Relative Weighted Priority
c. Prioritization Questions and Considerations
d. The Value of Increasing our Understanding
e. The Value of Risk Reduction

VII. Extracting Value and the Cost of Change. This section touches on several different areas of interest that influence our ability to extract the most value from our projects.

a. Fixed Date Contracts
b. Product Backlog Refactoring ("Grooming")
c. Release Management
d. The Impact of Project Switching
e. The Impact of Continuous Forced Marches
f. Earned Value in an Agile Environment

VIII. Meetings and Artifacts. While most of this material was discussed in previous portions of class, more detailed documentation is included here for future reference, including sample agendas for each of the Scrum Meetings.

a. A Chart of Scrum Meetings
b. The Product Backlog
c. Sprint Planning
d. The Sprint Backlog
e. The Sprint
f. The Daily Scrum
g. Gathering Metrics
h. The Sprint Demo/Review
i. Getting to "Done"
j. The Retrospective
k. Why Plan?

IX. Advanced Considerations. This section is reserved for reference material. Particular interests from the class may warrant discussion during our class time together.

a. Weighted Impacts
b. Theme Screening
c. Kano Modeling
d. The Meta-Scrum
e. The Scrum of Scrums
f. The Integration Scrum Team
g. Scaling Scrum
h. Developing Architecture

X. Closing Topics. We'll wrap up with direction on where to go next with your Scrum experience, some recommended reading, Scrum reference materials, and our graduation ceremony.

Who should attend

Technical professionals associated with the specification, design, development and testing of products will benefit from this two-day program. Some of the professionals this will benefit include:

  • Product Managers/Business Analysts
  • Functional/Operational Managers/Directors
  • Project Sponsors
  • IT Leadership (Managers/Directors/VPs/CIOs/CTOs)
  • Anyone interested in learning the benefits of Scrum for Product Management

This class is suitable for those who are responsible for setting product direction on a Scrum project. While current Certified ScrumMasters are welcome to attend, this class should not be considered as a next step after taking the CSM Class, but instead should be viewed as an alternative to the CSM Class.

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