Recommended Courses for Product Owners
Product Owners have to balance working with stakeholders, the Scrum Team and customers. They are accountable for maximizing the value of the product resulting from the work of the Scrum Team.
Product Ownership requires a distinct set of capabilities and skills. Product Owners are also accountable for effective Product Backlog Management, and may do this work or delegate the responsibility to others. Product Backlog Management includes:
- Developing and explicitly communicating the Product Goal
- Creating and clearly communicating Product Backlog items
- Ordering Product Backlog items
- Ensuring that the Product Backlog is transparent, visible and understood
We have put together a series of courses to help you as a Product Owner be more effective and deliver greater value.
Core Courses for Product Owners
In the Applying Professional Scrum™ course, work together with other students as a team in a series of Sprints to solve complex problems, facing similar challenges that they face outside of class and learning how to use Scrum to address them. As a Product Owner, you learn Scrum and take on the Product Owner accountabilities for your team learning new skills as well as experiencing common missteps and misunderstandings often seen while using Scrum. This allows you to develop an awareness of the associated symptoms and how to correct them. This is a great class to bring your entire Scrum Team or teams together for a shared learning experience.
In the Professional Scrum Product Owner™ course, you will explore Professional Scrum and develop an understanding of the critical role that the Product Owner plays on the Scrum Team. There are many myths and misconceptions about the role of the Product Owner. The accountabilities of the Product Owner, however, go well beyond managing the Product Backlog and writing User Stories. The Product Owner is pivotal to bridging business strategy and product execution in order to help the Scrum Team create valuable products. Throughout the course you will learn a number of Product Ownership practices that you can use in your day-to-day activities while also receiving an introduction to Agile Product Management.
In the Professional Scrum Product Backlog Management Skills™ course, participants will learn techniques and methods to effectively manage a Product Backlog that clearly expresses the future vision of the product and brings transparency to what is most valuable for the Scrum Team to work on to delight stakeholders and customers. Students will get hands-on experience with refinement techniques such as decomposing and slicing Product Backlog items, while learning how simplicity can cure complicated and complex Product Backlogs.
Improving Product Owner Skills
In the Professional Scrum Product Owner™ - Advanced course, focuses on helping you as an experienced Product Owner expand your ability to establish a vision, validate hypotheses, and ultimately deliver more value to stakeholders. The course goes beyond the topics explored in the Professional Scrum Product Owner class by deepening your understanding of the accountabilities through the exploration of the many stances of a professional Product Owner.
Students should have at least one year of Product Owner experience and a practical knowledge of Scrum in order to participate in and benefit from these exercises. Having previously taken the PSPO class is recommended, but not required.
In the Professional Scrum Facilitation Skills™ course, Product Owners will develop a facilitator’s mindset, increase proficiency in facilitation skills, and learn when and how to select effective techniques for various circumstances to better solve problems, create a shared understanding and foster transparency. The course addresses a series of common Scrum-related scenarios while you learn to apply several facilitation techniques that you can add to your collection of agile practices. You will create and leave with your own facilitation “plan” to improve your next team, organization or stakeholder discussion by becoming a better facilitator.
In the Professional Scrum™ with User Experience course, Product Owners learn how to integrate the User Experience (UX) specialty with what you already know about the power of self-managing, cross-functional teams. This will enable you to learn more about the customer, plan learning/discovery/design work, and work with the Developers as they deliver a "Done" increment each Sprint. In addition, you will learn how to incorporate product discovery techniques into Sprints and how to balance the product discovery work with the product delivery work by experiencing how Scrum and UX align and integrate to create cross-functional teams, ultimately delivering more value and improving outcomes through combining design and delivery.
Supporting the Organization
In the Professional Agile Leadership Essentials™ course Product Owners are often joined by other leaders where they together gain a practical understanding of how to best support, guide and work with your team(s) to create conditions for greater agility. You will develop a deep understanding of the role that you play as a leader in creating the conditions for a successful agile environment. This workshop uses a combination of instruction and team-based exercises to help you learn how to form and support your Scrum Team(s) to achieve better results, and how to help in leading the cultural and behavioral changes that your organization must make to reap the benefits of an agile product delivery approach.
In the Scaled Professional Scrum™ course, Product Owners develop a collection of skills that can be applied to help overcome challenges when your product development spans beyond a single Scrum Team, while learning about and using the Nexus framework. Throughout the course you will work together in a Nexus to organize and simulate a scaled product development project. In this case study based class, common challenges that are encountered when scaling are presented and more than fifty practices for overcoming them are revealed. Some of these practices rely on what you already know about Scrum and some are complementary techniques.
Measuring Value and Flow
In the Professional Scrum™ with Kanban course experienced Product Owners and other Scrum practitioners learn how to improve the way you work by applying Kanban practices in the context of Professional Scrum. Through theory, case studies and hands-on exercises, you will learn the importance of flow and be equipped with practical knowledge to implement Kanban practices to help Scrum Teams enhance how they work. You will leave with a better understanding of what good Kanban looks like and how to implement it within a Professional Scrum environment.
In the Professional Agile Leadership™ - Evidence-Based Management™ course Product Owners are often joined by Scrum Masters, coaches and consultants where you will experience how to work together toward continuously improving customer outcomes, organizational capabilities and business results. You will learn what EBM is and how to apply the framework to set clear goals and measures through a series of exercises. You will learn techniques that support a more agile mindset by shifting the conversation away from measuring progress purely through team performance metrics, toward a focus on customer-centricity and improving customer outcomes.