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Mastering the Product Owner Stances
This Professional Product Owner - Advanced (PSPO-A) course focuses on helping experienced practitioners expand their ability to establish a solid vision, validate their hypotheses, and ultimately deliver more value to their stakeholders. The PSPO-A course is intended for Product Owners who are looking to grow their knowledge and abilities.
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. This course is an interactive, experiential workshop where attendees explore topics through a series of exercises and discussions. Students should have at least one year of Product Owner experience and 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 certification exam (PSPO II).
The Product Owner’s role is multifaceted, requiring the practitioner to engage in behaviors and adopt mindsets beyond the core of Agility and the Scrum Framework. This course surfaces these behaviors by challenging the student to adopt several different Product Owner stances:
- Customer Representative - focused on understanding customer problems, challenges, and potential opportunities
- Visionary - communicating the vision, future state, and possibilities in ways that foster a common understanding
- Experimenter - focusing on innovation, hypothesis testing, and validating potential value to spark product innovation
- Influencer - communicating with and influencing stakeholders, customers, and the Scrum Team to act with a common purpose
- Collaborator - seeking input, ideas, and feedback from others
- Decision Maker - focusing on creating maximum impact by making clear choices and decisions
This Professional Product Owner - Advanced (PSPO-A) course focuses on helping experienced practitioners expand their ability to establish a solid vision, validate their hypotheses, and ultimately deliver more value to their stakeholders. It is intended for Product Owners who are looking to grow their knowledge and abilities.
This course is an interactive, experiential workshop where attendees explore topics through a series of exercises and discussions. Students should have at least one year of Product Owner experience and practical knowledge of Scrum in order to participate in and benefit from these exercises.
- Understanding your products
- Who are your customers?
- Connecting product features to customer outcomes
- Communicating the product vision and strategy
- Value and pricing models
- Innovation and experimentation
- Stakeholders and stakeholder management
- Agile governance, budgeting, and contracting in relation to Scrum
- Students are provided with a clear path to moving forward in their Product Owner journey through an exploration of the different stances a Product Owner takes.
- Students learn about the various types of stakeholders that Product Owners represent and how to best work with them.
- Students will better understand how to use vision, value, and validation to create a competitive advantage for any product.
- Discussions, case studies, and exercises introduce students to modern complementary practices.
Who Should Attend
The Professional Product Owner-Advanced course is specifically designed for Product Owners and product managers with practical experience managing or owning a product.
It is also beneficial to Scrum Masters and stakeholders who work with Product Owners. It is particularly beneficial for those with at least one year of building products with a Scrum Team.
All participants completing the Professional Scrum Product Owner - Advanced course receive a password for taking the PSPO II assessment and are entitled to a discount on the PSPO III assessment. The industry-recognized PSPO certifications require a minimum passing score on these rigorous assessments.
PMI PDU Credits
Students of Scrum.org courses are able to claim Project Management Institute (PMI) PDU credit: 14 PDUs after attending a Professional Scrum Product Owner - Advanced (PSPO-A) workshop. Please note that PMI PDUs are earned for course attendance, not for passing a Scrum.org assessment. Students can claim PDUs under PMI's "Education courses provided by other third-party providers” category. You can claim your PDUs online at https://ccrs.pmi.org.
Are you ready?
Attendees of Professional Scrum Foundations (PSF), Professional Scrum Master I (PSM I), and Professional Scrum Product Owner (PSPO) are expected to prepare themselves. In fact, regardless of the workshop, basic, intermediate, or advanced, the advice to prepare is to watch the following:
- Product Owner, in a Nutshell - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=502ILHjX9EE
- a video on common misperceptions of a Product Owner - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cr2rjaGmUzo
- Scrum Tapas videos at https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=scrum+tapas+scrum.org, especially video recordings by Steve Porter, Ryan Ripley, and Don McGreal
and slowly & carefully read:
- the agile manifesto (values and principles pages, particularly the principles pages) - http://agilemanifesto.org/
- the scrum guide and read the history at https://www.scrumguides.org/scrum-guide.html
- Bonus points if you have already read Liberating Structures for large group facilitation - http://www.liberatingstructures.com/ls/. Extra bonus points if you install and play with the Liberating Structures app; it's free.
Arriving at a workshop without slowly and carefully reading the Scrum Guide shows disrespect to other attendees. Respect is one of the five Scrum Values.
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