COURSE SCHEDULEDuration: 2 days
Prerequisites: Basic knowledge or experience with Scrum or agile
Outcome: CSPO certification

Certified Scrum Product Owner Training — Overview

3Back Certified Scrum Product Owner

3Back’s Certified Scrum Product Owner training provides a comprehensive look at Product Ownership in the Scrum environment. Learn the mechanics of routine activities, such as managing the Backlog, as well as enterprise-level concerns such as strategic visioning with Scrum, managing multiple projects per Team and managing single projects that span multiple Teams. Through a combination of lecture, activities and simulation, students will learn the fundamentals of leading an agile project.


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What You Get — the 3Back Difference

Since 3Back is a PMI Category A (previously referred to as Category 3) Registered Education Provider, you don’t have to worry about the security of your PDUs, even if you get audited!
Full attendance and participation in the course will result in becoming a Certified Scrum Product Owner from the Scrum Alliance, the world’s first and foremost certifying body for Scrum training. No Exam Required.
We’ll cover your Scrum Alliance membership dues for the first 2 years (a $50 value).
As a 3Back public course participant, you’ll receive free lifetime access* to the Scrum planning and implementation tool Get To Done® (a value of $60 per year). *Access expires if account remains inactive for 12 consecutive months.
3Back trainers don’t just teach Scrum; they have a combined 46 years of working on and with Scrum teams. They are authors of Exploring Scrum: The Fundamentals, the Scrum Study Guide and the agile tool Get To Done®, as well as world-renowned conference speakers.
Even with heightened engagement, most of us only retain a fraction of what we learn. That’s why 3Back provides you with the option to retake our class. Whether you’re looking for another trainer’s perspective or just want to refresh your knowledge, you can do so within six months at no cost. More details at can be found in our policies.
3Back’s CSPO course is not your usual classroom training. Our trainers use cutting edge adult learning practices, which not only make the class enjoyable, but are proven to increase retention and understanding.

3Back Certified Scrum Product Owner Experience

Certified Scrum Product Owner Training — Agenda

The 2-day Certified Scrum Product Owner class is an intensive interactive session designed to leverage the diverse background of the participants through facilitated discussion, activities and simulation. The following topics will be covered:

  • Values and Principles
  • The Scrum Framework
  • Modern Scrum vs. Original Scrum
  • Roles, Artifacts and Ceremonies
  • Scrum-Appropriate Projects

  • Product Owner vs. Project Manager
  • ScrumMaster, Product Owner and the Team
  • Establishing a Standard of Care
  • Working with your ScrumMaster
  • Business Value and Prioritization
  • Quality and Value in the Product

  • Writing and Gathering Stories
  • Understanding Context and Users
  • Definition of Done and Acceptance Criteria
  • Backlog Grooming and Refinement
  • Stakeholder Requests and Desires
  • Prioritization Factors

  • Dealing with Technical Debt
  • Needs and Features
  • Assumptions, Dependencies and Constraints
  • Releases, Milestones & Roadmaps
  • Other requirements

  • Team Velocity and Capacity
  • Tracking Progress to Inform Decision Making
  • Release Planning
  • BuildUp & BurnDown Graphs
  • Earned Value & Earned Business Value Metrics

  • Creating a Positive Scrum Environment
  • Tools for the Agile Project Manager
  • Multiple Projects and Large Projects
  • Scaling and Extending Scrum
  • Scaling Product Ownership


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Benefits of 3Back Product Owner Training

So you want to learn about Agile Project Management. But is training really worth it? Isn’t ‘Product Owner’ just the Scrum term for ‘Product Manager’? What can training provide that reading a few books can’t?

  • A Good ScrumMaster isn’t Everything Although the emphasized ScrumMaster role is key to successful Scrum application, the role of Product Owner is no less important, though it may be less talked about. Learn how to partner with your ScrumMaster to make an effective Scrum force.
  • Time = Money Transforming your team or organization to a new methodology is a big undertaking. Organized training will give you the kickstart you need and save you valuable time otherwise wasted on costly trial and error.
  • Increased Retention Studies show that when learners “do and say,” they experience an increase of knowledge retention up to 80% over reading alone.
  • Build Skill, not Just Knowledge Books and blogs are good knowledge resources. Skill, however, is acquired by doing. There is simply no replacement for the skill building that occurs with hands-on activities and real-life simulations.
  • Cut Through the Miscommunication Stop wasting time and energy on misunderstandings and ‘crossed wires’. Actively learn skills that will help you determine what your customers really want and better communicate those desires to your development Team.

The Cycles of Poor Team Communication

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What the Customer said.
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What the Business Consultant described.
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What the Project Leaders understood.
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What the Engineering Team designed.
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What the Construction Team built.
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What was operational.
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What the Team documented.
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What the Customer was billed for.
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What was supported.
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What the Customer really needed.

Who Should Attend?

There is no right or wrong person to attend Scrum training. In fact, the most successful agile adoptions have included training for everyone, right down to Finance and Sales staff.

Scrum Product Owner training is especially appropriate for anyone in the corporate structure dealing with rapidly changing demands and decision-making responsibilities. In a traditional organization, these roles might include:

Product Managers
Stakeholders
Functional Managers
C-Level Executives
Directors & VPs
Program Managers
Leadership Team
Project Managers

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What Industries Use Scrum?

The most popular use of Scrum is for software development in a wide variety of industries, including financial services, insurance, education, information technology, government programs and supply chain management.

But Scrum is about product development, not just software development! We’ve known organizations and individuals who have used Scrum for graphic design, wedding planning, classroom projects, household management and much more.

Scrum is appropriate for almost any complex project with rapidly changing or emergent requirements, regardless of the industry.


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Optional Reading for the Course

exploring-scrum-new-small-coverExploring Scrum: The Fundamentals (People, Product, and Practices) by Dan Rawsthorne and Doug ShimpDan Rawsthorne and Doug Shimp have trained and coached thousands of people, most of them whom are already using Scrum, their most common complaint is that they need help to do it right. And many (if not most) of them need some help.

This book is for them and others like them.

This book is not an introductory text. Dan and Doug assume that those who read this book know, or think they know, something about Scrum. This book takes a deep, exploratory, look into the Scrum framework, and offers advice about how to think about it, and how to use it. Some of this advice is philosophical, some is pragmatic, some is practical, and some of it is controversial.

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