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CSPO June 28-29 *-$100 Discount Seats available.

This two-day certification program is taught by Kiran Thakkar, a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST).


This 2-day course highlights how strong Product Ownership is key to a successful agile transformation. Not only will the course enable you to understand the product owner role in depth, it will also enable you to learn the practices necessary to succeed as a product owner.

In this course we will explain how particular agile or Scrum roles typically manifest themselves in enterprise environments. The course is an interactive workshop filled with lots of exercises whose goal is to demonstrate the difference between traditional and agile approaches to product management and software development. We will also discuss real-world organizational changes such as managing large or multiple teams, release planning and tracking progress through the right metrics.

Participants can also claim up to 14-16 PDU's or Contact Hours with the PMI. These PDUs can also apply towards your 21 contact hour requirement for your Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) status.

"Kiran delivered an excellent training class, it was very engaging, really practical with well thought out breakout group sessions. His knowledge of real world Scrum projects was very helpful, and his experience produced great answers to the hard questions brought up in class. It was a pleasure having him as a CST and after having experienced his vast knowledge on Scrum methodologies, I would recommend him and his services any time." - IT CIO

Kiran Thakkar's experience is hard to match: he played an instrumental role in one of the largest agile/scrum implementations in the world at Siemens Medical Solutions with over 40 teams 500 members. His combination of business and agile experience brings superior insight and understanding to every class.

Your tuition includes 2-year membership in ScrumAlliance® and all certification fees. Story Point estimation cards are provided

All students earn:

- Scrum Education Units (SEUs)

- Project Management Institute (PMI®) members earn PDUs

Free enrollment in ScrumAlliance® authorized AgilePA Users Group

Continental breakfast and lunch provided during class.

Topics and hands on activities:

Day 1:

  • Agile and Scrum Introduction
  • Overview on various Agile Methods
  • Why Agile? Team activity
  • Origins of Scrum and Understanding Scrum
  • Basic Scrum Engine, Agile Manifesto
  • Sprints Team activity
  • Four Meetings
  • Four Roles
  • Scrum Artifacts, non-scrum artifacts
  • Scrum and Compliance
  • Non-Scrum Roles Team activity
  • Various scrum team structure - Discussion on DevOps, globaly distributed scrum team
  • How do architecture, DBA, and other supporting roles fits in Scrum?
  • Enterprise Agile scenarios - 10, 20, 30, 40, .... 120+ scrum teams
  • Scrum Values
  • Scrum Phases
  • Scrum Simulation
  • Sprint planning meeting
  • Daily standup meeting
  • Burndown charts and project reporting
  • Sprint review and retrospective
  • The Product Owner (PO) Role – different scenarios
    < >PO Responsibilities and AccountabilityPO Role During LifecycleRequirements and the Product Backlog (On a case study)Five levels of planning
  • Product Vision – Why, What, and template with exercise
  • Hands on activity - Create Product Vision Box
  • Product Vision Box Demo
  • Team activity - Building a high level Product Backlog
  • Team activity - Define a Product Roadmap
  • User Roles and Personas
  • Exercise: Identify and Define User Roles

Day 2:

  • Q&A, Refresher from Day 1
  • Agile Transformation Team activity
  • Agile Portfolio and Release Planning
  • Product Backlog Refinement (a.k.a grooming) (on a case study)
    • Story slicing
    • Further refine your stories (Theme, Epic, Stories)
    • Hands on activity on case study
  • Prioritization (on a case study)
    • Drivers
      • Value Assessment
      • Risk-Based Prioritization
      • Exercise: Risk-Value Prioritization
      • Kano Analysis
      • Theme Screening
      • Relative Weighting
      • Exercise: Backlog Prioritization
    • Prioritization – Modifiers
      • Various dependencies
    • Cost
    • Writing User Stories template
    • Acceptance Criteria
    • User Story writing Workshops
      • Exercise: User Story Writing
    • Definition of Done, Definition of readiness
    • Story Aggregation and Decomposition
    • Non-Functional Requirements
    • Spikes and Special Stories
  • Estimation (on a case study)
    • Approaches to Estimation
    • Story Points vs. Ideal Days
    • Sizing
    • Exercise: Analogous Sizing Exercises
    • Planning Poker
    • Exercise: Estimating with planning poker
  • Metrics That Matters to you
    • Sprint Burn-Down
    • Release Burn-Down
    • Defect Trend
    • Test metrics
  • Additional Advance Topics
    • Scaling Scrum at an enterprise level
    • Scrum in globally distributed teams – managing offshore teams
    • Sidebar – Q&A
    • Course evaluation
  • Closing activities


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The certification class is appropriate for all software team members, including project managers, team leads, development managers, product managers, architects, developers, testers, as well as executives like CIOs and CTOs.

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