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Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO)® - Indianapolis

Project Brilliant

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 8:00 AM - Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 5:00 PM (EST)

Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO)® - Indianapolis

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The Certified Scrum Product Owner® course is a two-day, interactive class introducing the concepts of Agile business leadership using the Scrum framework. Successful participants will become Certified Scrum Product Owners®, a first step in the journey towards a more adaptive form of business leadership. This course is based on over 24 years of industry experience, including nearly 10 years of experience in the role of Product Owner/Agile Customer and teaching/mentoring others in this role.

Though each Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO)® course varies depending on the instructor, all CSPO® courses focus on Scrum from a product owner's perspective. Graduates will receive the CSPO® designation. All CSPO® courses are taught by Certified Scrum Trainers.


This course is designed for team members and managers involved in projects who may assume the Product Owner role. This is often a product manager, business analyst or business sponsor. In large organizations, it is recommended that Directors and Vice Presidents who oversee IT projects or functional areas also participate.


Participants must have knowledge of Scrum by reading one of the Scrum introduction books or other self-study. A basic understanding of Scrum is assumed. Previous experience on a Scrum project is desirable.


Prepare participants to effectively participate on projects using Scrum and to assume the Product Owner role. View the CSPO® Content Outline and Learning Objectives


The course is primarily exercises and discussions with some lecture to define terms and concepts. Ample time is available to learn from real experiences on real projects from the instructor’s experience as a product owner and from teaching and coaching Scrum teams.

Course Agenda

Product Vision - A clear, shared vision is crucial for successful agile teams. We'll walk through three techniques to help unify your team, stakeholders, and customers around the right vision for your product or service:

  • "We're #1!" - boiling your product vision down to its essence
  • Product Differentiation - what makes your product unique, different and better
  • Collaborating on Product Vision - use the Product Box Innovation Game for a collaborative discussion about your vision


Agile Roadmapping - Roadmaps are an important link between vision and the product backlog. Unfortunately, many roadmaps are a slide with a date and some bullet pointed features, which doesn't provide any context.


  • Learn how to create a rich, easily updated agile roadmap that gives the right amount of context to help stakeholders and team members understand where we might be headed and why.
  • Learn how to use the Prune the Product Tree Innovation Game to collaborate with customers on your road map.


Product Backlog Basics - Learn the rules for a Scrum Product Backlog as well as a set of key practices for using the Product Backlog to help ensure consensus on what we are building.

  • Product Backlog Basics
  • Writing User Stories
  • Vertically Slicing User Stories
  • Acceptance Criteria
  • Backlog Refinement


Prioritization - The core of the Product Owner's job is to prioritize among the many great things we could do and help the team focus only on what is most important to do first. Traditional techniques like Kano and market research are too slow for most agile teams, so many product owners prioritize solely on gut feel or by responding to the currently squeakiest wheel.

  • Learn a prioritization framework that helps you visualize the relative importance of your customer segments, internal & external stakeholders, corporate strategy, and maintaining a clean code base.
  • Use the Buy a Feature Innovation Game to collaborate with customers on priority.


Agile Release Planning - Believe it or not, I've heard many times the misinformed statement: "We're agile, so we don't really plan." Not only is this not in line with Agile values, which state "We value Responding to Change over Following a Plan", it is usually just bad business. The Agile value does not mean that we do not plan, but that we create a plan but then expect it to change as we start working on it!

  • Learn the nuts and bolts of creating an Agile release plan
  • Learn how and when to update the release plan


Working in Sprints - the Product Owner job doesn't end once the Product Backlog is ready for sprint planning. Your team will be most effective if you are available during the sprint to provide feedback at key points. 

  • Learn the Product Owner role during the sprint


What You Get

  • A printed copy of all course materials
  • A one-year membership in the Scrum Alliance
  • Recognition by the Scrum Alliance as a Certified Scrum Product Owner



Aaron Kopel

Aaron Kopel

Aaron found his way into Agile and Scrum on accident while founding two tech startups in the 2000’s. He discovered that his personal philosophy and model for execution were closely aligned to Lean, Agile and Scrum, and began to coach and train others on how to work this way.  Ever since, Aaron has been a consultant, coach and trainer helping individuals and large companies focus on customer value, teamwork, and transform to an Agile mindset.


Aaron is the founder and CEO of Project Brilliant, LLC, an Indianapolis, IN based management consulting firm specializing in Agile transformation, coaching, and training.  He is one of only 40 people in the world who holds both top-level Scrum Alliance certifications: CST (Certified Scrum Trainer) and CEC (Certified Enterprise Coach). Aaron has led several major Agile transformation initiatives with companies ranging from early stage startups to Fortune 100 firms. He and his coaching teams have established more than 1,000 Agile delivery teams and trained more than 10,000 individuals.


Aaron is the co-founder and Chairman of the AgileIndy meetup group (1,100+ users strong!), as well as a board member, and has been the conference chair, keynote speaker, and session presenter for the AgileIndy Conference.  He is a frequent presenter at regional user groups and conferences, and an inaugural participant in the Agile for Human’s Podcast series. He holds a BA from Wartburg College (Waverly, IA) with a double major in Business Administration and Computer Information Systems, and a MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.  He also holds way too many industry certifications such as CST, CEC, CSM, CSPO, CSP, SAFe SPC4, PMI-ACP, PMP, CLP (Certified LeSS Practitioner).  Aaron lives with his wife and their two children in Carmel, IN.


 Certified ScrumMasterCertified Scrum Product OwnerCertified Scrum ProfessionalCertified Enterprise CoachCertified Scrum TrainerCertified Agile Leader

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 8:00 AM - Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 5:00 PM (EST)

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Project Brilliant

Project Brilliant, LLC is based in Indianapolis, IN and is your trusted local Agile advisor.  Our experienced Agile trainers and coaches provide knowledge, skills and expertise to meet you where you are and guide you along your Agile journey.  We have trained more than 10,000 people and helped than 1,000 Agile teams liftoff.  We’re ready to help you!

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