A Product Owner is one of the three main roles defined in Scrum.The Product Owner is responsible for maximizing the value of the product resulting from the work performed by the Development Team.
However, how the Product Owner accomplishes this can vary widely depending on many factors, including the team, the business stakeholders, and the development processes of the organization.
The job description of a product owner is to act on behalf of the customer, prioritize the backlog, answer, or get answers to the team’s queries and accept/reject the work that the team generates. To fulfill these responsibilities, the product owner needs skills such as facilitation, conflict management, creative thinking, and the ability to influence the team and other stakeholders.
From a business point of view, the role of the Product Owner is a very important and challenging role.To adequately take on the role of a Product Owner, one would need to become a Certified Scrum Product Owner® (CSPO®).
The first step towards getting a CSPO certification is to start with the Certified Scrum Product Owner® course with a certified coach or trainer.
The CSPO course was earlier offered by Scrum Alliance only as an in-person classroom training. The premise was that for better learning, students need to interact with each other and the trainer through the in-person classes.
However, considering the COVID-19 pandemic, Scrum Alliance now offers live online training in addition to the traditional in-person classroom training. Currently, all the courses are temporarily available in an online format including the Certified Product Owner class.
With this development, students can participate in the course from the safety and comfort of their homes. Along with the convenience and comfort, live online training also reduces the expenses, time, and travel involved for students and trainers. Most importantly, online CSPO training can be utilized in taking up advanced certifications and generate more time for self-learning.
Another advantage offered by online training is that students can revisit the lectures as many times as they can. It helps students to pay full attention to the CST® and they do not need to feel pressured to take notes during class. For whatever reason, if a class is missed, students can always peruse the lecture later.
Online training also allows the CST to get creative in different ways to impart the learning. The use of tools, graphics and videos make for rich learning content to help you understand the concepts better.
As opposed to the traditional 16-hour long in-person course, the online course is just 14 hours long. Scrum Alliance has also capped the online course size to 30 so that students have maximum engagement and learning experience. Unlike the in-person course that had 7-8 hours long classes for two consecutive days, online classes will be held with shorter hours for multiple consecutive days.
For the online course, the CST will teach the candidates in real-time using a webcam and other tools that allow them to interact with the students. The classes are interactive so that students can collaborate with one another virtually.
Here are the steps to take the CSPO course online:
Here are the steps for you to become a Certified Scrum Product Owner:
A Product Owner is an integral part of Agile projects and can go a long way in accelerating the velocity of the project and achieving the goals well within the deadlines.
With the popularity of Agile and Scrum growing, the demand for product owners is certain to grow. Upskill yourself as a Certified Scrum Product Owner and capitalize on the career growth opportunity.
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