Course 372:
Certified Scrum Product Owner

(2 days)


Business Need

Scrum is the fastest growing Agile project management methodology. The success of a Scrum team comes from its ability to stay focused around iterative development and incremental delivery. The responsibility of a Scrum project falls in the hands of the Product Owner and the challenge becomes how to evaluate and control delivery, communicate across delivery teams, and make the final decisions of when to approve requirements. When the capabilities of the Product Owner are optimized, a Scrum team will experience immediate benefits that lead to improved effectiveness.

This course explores the responsibilities and expectations of the Product Owner role. The best Product Owners are committed to a strategy of constantly improving the product delivery cycle within the organizational environment. Students will learn how a Product Owner can infuse priorities, goals, and vision into a development team and thereby, build highly effective products. Ultimately, the Project Owner is required to effectively manage the product backlog and keep the project moving forward with each iteration.

Course Description

This two-day course will provide students with the best practices of Agile Product Owner techniques that will transform and empower their organization.

Students will learn:

  • The role of the Agile team Product Owner
  • How to work with an Agile team in an organization
  • The levels of detail of Agile planning
  • Successes and challenges in implementation

Learning Objectives

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

  • Describe the framework of Agile development within typical project management
  • Recognize key responsibilities of an Agile Product Owner
  • Accurately plan Sprints and estimate project delivery dates in order to keep the project moving forward
  • Build a requirements document by managing and prioritizing the Product Backlog
  • Apply effective practices from a Product Owner perspective
  • Work effectively on an Agile project with customers, users, and other stakeholders
  • Review unique challenges for Agile Product Owners
  • Execute Scrum projects with excellence!

Who Should Attend

Product and line managers, project managers, technical leads, developers, testers, business analysts, and anyone interested in learning more about Scrum and Agile methods.


A familiarity with Agile principles as in Course 348: Agile Project Management.

Course Outline

Agile Scrum Framework

  • Agile Manifesto
  • Need for Agile
  • Predictive vs. Adaptive (Waterfall and Iterative)
  • Agile Development Methodologies
  • Agile Project Successes

Agile Scrum Team

  • Scrum Lifecycle Overview
  • Team Roles and Responsibilities
  • Scrum Team Maturity
  • Working with the Agile Team as the Product Owner
  • Challenges with Agile
  • Agile IPT
  • Project Considerations for the Product Owner

Product Vision and Agile Discovery

  • Characteristics of Effective Vision Statement
  • Benefits of an Effective Vision Statement
  • Elevator Pitch
  • Release Strategy
  • Sprints and Releases
  • Agile Project Charter
  • Project Considerations for the Product Owner

Release Plan

  • Agile Initiation
  • Agile Discovery and Story Mapping
  • Ubiquitous Language/Personas
  • Writing User Stories
  • Acceptance Criteria
  • Story Gathering Techniques
  • Agile Storyboards
  • Project Considerations for the Product Owner

Product Backlog

  • Prioritizing User Stories
  • Decomposing User Stories
  • Agile Estimation
  • Assigning Story Points
  • Velocity
  • Product Backlog Grooming
  • Release Burndown Chart
  • Agile Risk Assessment and Burndown Chart
  • Project Considerations for the Product Owner

Sprint Planning Execution and Evaluation

  • Sprint Planning/Execution and the Product Owner
  • Sprint Monitoring Tools
  • Acceptance Testing
  • Definition of Done
  • Sprint Review and Retrospective
  • Agile Rolling Wave Planning
  • Agile EVM
  • Project Considerations for the Product Owner

The Product Owner: What’s Next?

  • Best Practices
  • Agile Guidance Documentation
  • Agile Teaming in your Organization

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