The Product Owner is the key member of the Scrum Team and shoulders the responsibility of leading the project strategically, collaborating with customers and team on a daily basis, and managing the business value. Though he doesn't need to be an expert in the process, the Product Owner must have sufficient understanding of the Agile Manifesto and enough knowledge to assist the ScrumMaster if the need arises.
Our two-day Certified Scrum Product Owner Course is delivered by Scrum Alliance Certified Trainers (CSTs) and offers blended-learning combining classroom study, group discussions, and hands-on practice exercises, to give you a keen understanding of Scrum from the point of view of a Product Owner, enabling you to be an effective customer to the Scrum team and maximizing ROI.
To demonstrate Scrum in action and to adapt the training to the particular interests of the participants, Scrum itself is used to teach Scrum. As a participant, you are stakeholder and your input is used to create and maintain a Product Backlog with learning goals. While working on these learning goals, the training thoroughly covers all that is needed to pass as a Certified Scrum Master. Because of the adaptive nature of the training, the agenda is different from training to training. Typically, training topics are as follows:
Product Backlog and user stories
Estimating and Planning
Definition of Done
Scrum Master Challenges
Scrum and offshore
Scrum simulation game
The training has a healthy mix of theory and practice. By using Agile exercises with powerful debriefs, the participants will internalise the theory. During the training Marco shares his own experiences of doing Agile in many companies, which is highly appreciated by the participants. Participants who are already doing Scrum leave with clear insights on how to improve further. Participants new to Scrum are capable and usually very eager to apply Scrum right after the training.
Your successful completion of the 2-day CSPO course provided by our Certified Scrum Trainer makes you eligible for the CSPO Certification from Scrum Alliance.
There is no process. Following successful completion of this course, you will receive a Certificate from Scrum Alliance designating you as Certified Scrum Product Owner. The certification includes a one-year membership in Scrum Alliance.
This training and certification is ideal for :
What does it mean to be a CSPO?
A Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) is someone who has been taught (by a Certified Scrum Trainer) the Scrum terminology, practices, and principles that will enable him or her to fulfill the role of Scrum product owner.
Do I receive PDU credits for a CSPO course?
Yes. Please follow PMI''s procedure for Category B: Courses offered by Other Education Provider. According to the PMP handbook: 'Contact hours of project and/or program management education may be earned by attending relevant educational courses offered by organizations not registered with PMI. To calculate the number of PDUs earned, use the following formula: one contact hour of learning relevant to project and/or program management within a structured activity or course equals one PDU. Documentation required upon PMI audit/request: registration form, certificate or letter of attendance, and a brochure or course materials outlining the subject matter covered and the qualifications of the instructor/lecturer.' Most CSTs can tell you how many PDUs their course offers.
Should I do both Certified ScrumMaster and Certified Scrum Product Owner if I don't know where I will be working?
Both designations address different concerns for developing Products. Employers are looking for people with a background in agile (scrum). These designations will help identify you as having been trained in Scrum. Experience still counts so time spent doing Scrum is equally valuable.
In Scrum, which person is the Project Manager? Is it the ScrumMaster or the Scrum Product Owner?
The short answer is neither. The term Project Manager is not defined in Scrum. The term Project Manager is defined broadly in the market and is used differently by many organizations. If you compare the terms side by side you will find that sometimes it is the PO, sometimes the SM and sometimes it is both. Again, the term is not defined in Scrum but, you can compare them.
Which should I pursue: Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) or Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO)? Why?
Both certifications will lead to a full understanding of Scrum. The CSPO is targeted for Product Owners who need skills and techniques for managing features and determining what the right product to build is. The CSM is a deep dive introduction to Scrum. CSM is focused on the scrum framework and its application for building well form teams that are directed by a Product Owner. The CSM is recommended for all Scrum team members, this include Product Owners.
Would it be better to spend time renewing a PMP credential or becoming a Certified ScrumMaster or Product Owner?
Becoming a CSM and/or CSPO is recommended. We are seeing increase demand from companies who are looking for people with CSM / CSPO experience.
I understand Scrum is used widely for software development projects. Can it be used for other fields?
Scrum has seen an application into every major vertical industry. The number of domains outside software that it has been applied to is increasing rapidly. Scrum is a general purpose framework that is used to set an empirical pattern of behavior at a small team level. Scaling Scrum is thought of as multiple scrum teams working together in an empirical process controlled manner.
How do I get my certificate and who issues it?
Students taking classes offering a Scrum certification (Certified ScrumMaster and Certified Product Owner) will receive their certifications from the Scrum Alliance. Shortly after completion of the class, participants will receive an email from the Scrum Alliance with instructions for creating a membership account and taking any required certification exams. Once certified, students will have access to exclusive content and the ability to print a copy of any Scrum certificates they have achieved.
What time do classes start and how long do they go each day?
Unless otherwise stated, all of our classes begin at 8:30 and run to 5:00 PM, local time. Classes generally include a break for lunch around noon, as well as a brief break in the morning and afternoon.
What are the benefits of taking a class to learn about Agile & Scrum as opposed to simply reading a book?
Books are valuable resources and we strongly encourage potential students to leverage these sources of information. Our training classes are designed to reinforce concepts with in depth simulations and robust discussion. All of our course blend lecture, practice, and reflection. This allows participants to gain a much more profound understanding of the subject matter.
What do I need to bring to a class?
Our classes are designed to be a stand-alone experience and do not require participants to bring anything to a class other than an open mind and willingness to learn and perhaps something to take notes.
Can I buy a seat with a Purchase Order?
Yes, we will accept purchase orders. Please email us at email@example.com to arrange for payment via a purchase order.
What happens if a class is canceled?
In the case that a class is canceled by KnowledgeHut, participants are entitled to transfer to another class or receive a full refund at their discretion.
What does it mean to be a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP)?
A Certified Scrum Professional has proven experience and expertise in the art of Scrum. CSP is the level of certification that all practitioners of Scrum should strive to attain. Before becoming a CSP, applicants must be CSMs, CSPOs, or CSDs.
Marco Mulder CST
In 1997, Marco graduated cum laude in Computer Science at the VU University in Amsterdam. His experience with Agile dates back to 2001, when he worked at OTI to develop Eclipse. Since 2009, Marco has done many co-trainings with Scrum co-creator Jeff Sutherland. According to him: "Marco has an excellent understanding of Scrum and a deep knowledge of XP engineering practices."
Marco Mulder is Certified Scrum Trainer and Certified Scrum Coach. His clients as a Scrum coach include the largest webshop and the largest online grocery store in The Netherlands. He coaches their management and teams to use Scrum to be even more competitive and an even better place to work for.
Marco consistently receives high rankings from the participants of his trainings.
Cormac Donnelly, PMP, CSM, Ireland:
Marco's skill and experience shine through in his ability to balance concepts, in-class exercise work and his real-life experience, while sticking to a tight schedule and adapting to the key interest areas of the group.
Gregory Forel, PMP, Ireland:
Marco's 2 days CSM (Certified Scrum Master) course is simply the best I've attended yet, for few reasons:
- Marco is engaging from the first minute to the last, you won't fall asleep and you won't need coffee. - He's an expert, you will learn and feel confident to apply the skills by the end of his course. - His course is delivered in the most effective possible way, I won't ruin the surprise: you'll have to attend. Let's just say he walks the talk and 'applied' Scrum on improving his own course!
Dmitry Nabatchikov, Senior IT Project Manager, PMP, CSM Russia:
I attended a CSM workshop conducted by Marco. I recommend him as highly professional trainer. He is very passionate about Scrum. He conducted the training in an energetic and agile manner inspiring all the participants.
Carlos Cardoza, Test Engineer at LS Retail, Iceland:
Excellent training, good coverage, very professional and the best part: The Agile Scrum approach applied to the entire course!