Scrum for Product Owners

This online course will help you achieve the requirements of the Product Owner role in Agile Scrum, and give you a competitive edge to grow your career prospects.

Course Description

The skills of successful Product Owners are in-demand across many industries using the Agile Scrum methodology, including software development, marketing, education and design. The Product Owner has the important role of setting and prioritizing clear goals, understanding the needs of stakeholders and end users, and communicating the vision to the Scrum team in order to create high quality products.

Course Outcomes:
  • Understand the roles of Scrum Master, and Scrum Team and Product Owner.
  • Know the steps in planning and executing an Agile Scrum project.
  • Understand the organizational impact of using Agile Scrum for project management.
  • Recognize the differences between Sequential, Concurrent, and Agile project management and know when to use each approach.
  • Understand how to use the Agile Scrum tools of Story Cards, Product Backlog, Scrum Boards, and Burn-down Charts.
  • Refers to the Project Management Institute's Agile Certified Practitioner Handbook.
  • Earn 18.5 contact hours or PDUs toward your project management education for certification with PMI.
Certificate Info:

Type of Certification

A Certificate of Training is awarded for completing all lessons within the course. An Accredited Certificate of Achievement is awarded if the learner passes the skills test at the end of the course. The skills test can be taken as many times as needed. The Certificate of Achievement will reflect the highest score achieved.

Format of Certification

Digital and Print

Professional Association/Affiliation

GoSkills is a member of the Continuing Professional Development Certification Service (CPD UK). GoSkills courses have been accredited by the CPD UK, which means that they meet the industry-wide guidelines.

As a PMI Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.), GoSkills has agreed to abide by PMI established quality assurance criteria.

Method of Obtaining Certification

Once the learner has earned the certificate they can be downloaded from their GoSkills dashboard.  The certificates are in a pdf format, so they can be printed or emailed.  The certificate can also be added to LinkedIn if the learner has an account.

Additional Details

Upon successful completion of a course, the learner earns contact hours or PDUs toward a project management education for certification with PMI.
About Instructor:

Ray Sheen - Project Management Instructor & Author

Ray is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute and a certified Scrum Master with Scrum Alliance. He is a member of the Project Management Institute and the Product Development Management Association.

He is president and founder of Product & Process Innovation, Inc. and is a veteran business leader with over 25 years of executive, project management, and engineering management experience. Ray has worked in several industries including aerospace, electrical distribution and utilities, biotechnology, appliances, electronics, machining, medical devices, pharmaceutical, automotive, and financial services. He has held executive management positions in a Fortune 500 company and has been involved in entrepreneurial startup organizations.

Ray has spoken at regional symposiums of the Project Management Institute, corporate programs for project management instruction, and provided expert witness testimony on several lawsuits involving project management and weapon system production on government programs.

Ray provides training and consulting in all aspects of Project Management, Product Development, Innovation Management, Strategy Formulation, Process Design & Setup, Design for Manufacturability, Poka Yoke, Lean Manufacturing, Product Line Strategy and Finance for Engineers through universities such as Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Clemson University, and the University of Winnipeg.

He is also an instructor at the China Institute for Innovation. His recent consulting clients include General Electric, Medtronic, Covidien, Tyco, Johnson & Johnson, Dominion Power, NSTAR, American Superconductor, Draexlmaier, Kaman Aerospace, Endologix, Nypro, and Instrumentation Laboratory.

Course Outline

Agile/Scrum is a project management methodology. This means that it provides a set of tools and processes that can be used to organize and manage the project activities.
A sequential project management methodology is a traditional approach to project management. It minimizes risk, but this conservative approach can be lengthy and expensive.
The concurrent project management methodology is a collaborative approach. It can significantly accelerate a project as compared to the sequential approach, but it is much more difficult to project manage.
The Agile/Scrum project management methodology is an iterative approach that requires fewer resources than other approaches.
The three approaches presented are three very different ways of managing a project. Understanding the differences will enable a business to select the best approach for their projects.
The Agile/Scrum is a project management methodology that is in sharp contrast to traditional project management. That is because it starts with a different set of underlying precepts.
The Agile/Scrum methodology is a structured project management methodology. It follows a prescribed process that includes Sprints and Scrums.
Within the Agile/Scrum project management methodology there are a set of meetings that are used to plan and manage the process. Rather than analytical tools, this methodology relies heavily on the use of specific targeted meetings.
Story Cards, also known as Product Backlog Items (PBIs) are the technique used for documenting project scope, quality requirements, estimates and priority of the deliverables in an Agile/Scrum project.
The product backlog is the prioritized list of project deliverables.
The Scrum Team performs the project work conducted during a Sprint on an Agile/Scrum project.
The Scrum Master is the individual who is responsible for facilitating the Agile/Scrum Sprint process.
The Product Owner role is the person on an Agile/Scrum project who is responsible for establishing and explaining the desired project scope.
Sprint Controls are the project management tools that are used by the Scrum Master and Scrum Team to assess performance.
A clear goal or vision is essential to project success. That is as true with Agile/Scrum as with traditional projects.
Preparing the Product Backlog is the first step in the Agile/Scrum Sprint methodology. It includes creating and prioritizing all the Story Cards.
To do the work of the Sprint, a Scrum Team must be assigned.
The Sprint is initiated with a Sprint Planning Session that organizes the work, estimates the effort, and initializes the Scrum Board and Burn Down Chart.
Sprint execution is the actual work of the Scrum team during the Sprint to accomplish the tasks needed to complete each Story in the Sprint Backlog.
The Sprint Demonstration is the formal meeting where the Scrum Team demonstrates to the Product Owner the performance of each deliverable that was created during the Sprint.
The Backlog Refinement is the update of the Product Backlog based upon what has been completed and what has been learned in a recently completed Sprint.
The Sprint Retrospective is a lessons learned meeting with a focus of identifying opportunities to improve the performance and management of the next Sprint.
Project requirements management in an Agile/Scrum project is conducted using Story Cards and Backlogs. The list of requirements is variable and is not finalized until the end of the project.
Stakeholder Engagement is the effort by the Product Owner to communicate with all affected stakeholders in order to identify potential requirements and provide project status.
The Product Owner writes the story cards, which document the requested scope of an Agile/Scrum project.
The Product Owner must regularly prioritize the Story Cards that make up the Product Backlog and at the beginning of a Sprint he or she must prioritize the Story Cards selected for the Sprint Backlog.
Release planning allows the Product Owner to manage the rollout of capability in order to obtain feedback and assess progress.
The first portion of the Sprint Planning meeting consists of selecting the Sprint Backlog and clarifying Stories.
During a Sprint, the Scrum Team meets daily at a Scrum Meeting to provide status on progress.
Roadblocks are impediments that prevent the Scrum Team from completing Stories and tasks. The Scrum Master is charged with removing or creating a workaround for the Roadblocks.
Sprint Demonstration Planning ensures that the Sprint Demo meeting appropriately reflects the work accomplished by the Scrum Team.
Agile/Scrum is an organizational approach to project management and requires buy-in from senior management to be effective.
Organizational alignment is the activity needed to ensure the systems and processes within the organization support the Agile/Scrum methodology and do not undermine it.
Agile/Scrum projects are often used to implement both product line strategy and operational strategy. They can be used with customer projects – but there are challenges with that approach.
Senior management also has the role of selecting projects that are suitable for the Agile/Scrum methodology.
When implementing Agile/Scrum, there are several process and project challenges that most organizations encounter and must be addressed.
There are common reasons for why an Agile/Scrum implementation initiative will fail. Awareness of these failure points reduces the likelihood that an organization will fall prey to one of these.


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