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Professional Scrum Product Owner - Advanced

PSPO-A expands experienced practitioner's abilities to establish solid visions, validate hypotheses, and deliver more value to stakeholders.

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Online

Refund Policy

Refunds up to 30 days before event
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About this event

What is unique about SmoothApps workshops?

  • Discount for passed assessments: Receive a $100 discount for each Scrum.Org Professional Scrum assessment you have already passed (Scrum.org profile link will need to be sent to janie.purvis@smoothapps.com in order to receive discount code for registration)
  • Free Test Prep: Two 60-minute certification test prep sessions scheduled in the weeks after the workshop
  • Slack Alumni Community: Exchange tips, challenges and get ongoing support from SmoothApps trainers
  • Certified ROI Professional: Integrates ROI-based learning techniques into the training
  • Co-Active Institute Trained Coach: Integrates co-active coaching techniques into the training
  • Certified Trainer for Sharon Bowman’s “Training from the Back of the Room": Integrates brain-friendly learning into the training
  • Real-World Experience: Integrates success and horror stories from real-world Scrum adoptions in companies ranging from 10 people to 10,000 people
  • Humor & Story Telling: Brings ideas to life and keeps learners engaged
  • Shorter 3-day vs 2-day courses: Reduces Zoom fatigue, allows time to discuss real-world examples and to catch up on work each day before and after the training

To attend, you should have already attended the PSPO I training and we recommend that you pass the PSPO I exam before attending this course. Please contact janie.purvis@smoothapps.com if you have any questions or would like to discuss this.

Mastering the Product Owner Stances

Professional Scrum Product Owner™ - Advanced (PSPO-A) is a hands-on, activity-based course that focuses on helping experienced Product Owners and Product Managers expand their ability to establish a vision, validate their hypotheses, and ultimately deliver more value to their stakeholders. The course goes beyond the topics explored in the Professional Scrum Product Owner (PSPO) class by deepening the attendee's understanding of the role 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.

The course also includes a free attempt at the globally recognized Professional Scrum Product Owner II (PSPO II) certification exam.

Course Overview

Students will gain a better understanding of what it means to deliver value and how to express that value inside and outside of their organization. Through a case study based series of exercises, combined with instruction, students gain the entrepreneurial product leadership skills and practices critical to growing as a successful Product Owner.

The Product Owner role is multifaceted, requiring them to engage in behaviors and adopt mindsets beyond the core of Agility and the Scrum framework. Students explore these techniques and how to pivot among them by exploring several Product Owner "stances" including:

The Customer Representative:

  • Focus on understanding customer problems, pains and opportunities
  • Get into the mindset of the customer, placing yourself in their world, understanding their needs
  • Deliver value by connecting product features to customer outcomes

The Visionary:

  • Champion the future state, possibilities, goals and chances
  • Communicate the product vision, strategy and Product Goal
  • Understand value and pricing models

The Experimenter:

  • Focus on innovation through experiments, hypotheses, tests, learnings, data and validation of value
  • Understand the Product Owner’s role in a scaled environment

The Decision Maker:

  • Focus on making better decisions
  • Navigate conflicting customer feedback

The Collaborator:

  • Seek collaboration with stakeholders and the Scrum Team
  • Work beyond the Scrum Team including contracts, finance, budgeting and governance in an agile way

The Influencer:

  • Lead the stakeholders, customers and Scrum Team, to move in the right direction and to change their minds, when necessary
  • Learn how to create a stakeholder management strategy

Course Learning Objectives

  • Experienced Product Owners will learn different stances a Product Owner takes in order to navigate everyday challenges
  • Modern complementary practices will be introduced through discussions, case studies and exercises
  • Students will leave with a clear understanding of Agile Product Management as they continue on their Product Owner journey
  • Learn about the various types of stakeholders that Product Owners represent and how to best work with them.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for Product Owners, Product Managers, and Business Analysts focusing heavily on Product Management skills, tools, techniques, and knowledge as part of their work on the Scrum Team. The course does not address the Scrum framework (much), and we assume people have a proper understanding of the Scrum framework. Participants should have at least one year of experience as a Product Owner or Product Manager, while multiple years of experience and having attended the Professional Scrum Product Owner course and passing PSPO is preferred, but not mandatory.

Other people that might benefit from the PSPO-A course include:

  • Scrum Masters / Agile Coaches
  • Company leaders

Professional Scrum Certification

All participants completing the Professional Scrum Product Owner - Advanced course will receive a password to attempt the Professional Scrum Product Owner II (PSPO II) assessment. The industry-recognized PSPO II certification requires a minimum passing score of 85%. PSPO-A class participants who attempt the PSPO II assessment within 14 days of receiving their free password and do not score at least 85% will be granted a second attempt at no additional cost.

You are also entitled to a discount on the PSPO III assessment.

Schedule and Logistics:

Training will be online and begin at 9:30 AM sharp and will end around 3:30 PM on all 3 days. There will be a lunch break around noon, but times may vary. (All times US Central)

Students should login 5-10 minutes prior to start of each session to work through any technical issues.

All students should be able to use Zoom and Mural.

***A Prework email will be sent prior to class start date. Our messages tend to fall into spam, so please check there and contact us at janie.purvis@smoothapps.com if you do not receive a message from us at least 1 week prior to class. ***

Participation Agreement:

  • All students must complete the prework by the deadline to join the class.
  • All students should keep their cameras turned on throughout the training.
  • Any student who misses more than 30 minutes of the training will neither receive the certificate of course participation nor will they receive the free password for taking the assessment.
  • All students must stay focused and engaged and should not multi-task during class.
  • All students must behave in alignment with the working agreement co-created by all students in class.
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