Agile Scrum Product Owner focuses on bringing value to the customer and value for the business, through Agile project management techniques. This certification is especially suitable for professionals working in the areas of project management, software development, IT service management and business management.
An Agile Scrum Product Owner certificate ensures that a candidate can successfully lead Agile Scrum projects in the context of an overall Service and Product Lifecycle, in a way that adds the most value possible for the customer.
In order to do this, the Product Owner provides direction, makes final decisions, and ensures that the Team is aimed at the right goals. The Product Owner is actively engaged with, communicates well with, and listens carefully to arguments from the Team. Within the context of the organization’s larger business objectives, the Product Owner provides the vision, but also the boundaries within which this vision must be realized. This is achieved by creating, maintaining and prioritizing the business value-driven Product Backlog. It is the Product Owner’s responsibility to make sure the project earns a good Return on Investment.
A good Product Owner understands the business and the market, is the Voice of the Customer (internal or external), manages the product or service lifecycle and balances the need for both functional and non-functional requirements.
Scrum Foundation and Scrum Master are required for attending this course.
What makes using conventional (waterfall) project management so ludicrous for most projects, is the assumption that detailed planning could and should precede project execution. There also seems to be a general misconception that agile methods don't do pre-planning, when in fact the opposite is true.
All Agile projects include time for pre-planning. The difference is that with an agile approach you plan based on what you know and you record what you don't know. Then allow people who need to deliver to answer the question during delivery. Knowledge gained from previous stages and understanding the context better as the project unfolds work so much better.
Projects are much more about expectations than specifications. No matter how well we try to define specifications up-front, we will never be able to capture and quantify expectations upfront. Sometimes the user or the consumer needs to see something tangible before they can either accept or reject it because it either meets or doesn't meet their expectations. It is often much easier to know what you don't want than to know what you want!
Agile delivers value sooner - now or later, you choose.
Are you scared of experimentation – do you need to get it right first time?
In most, if not all, industries no amount of research and detailed planning will be enough to get it right the first time! The only approach that is workable is an empirical approach.
Our knowledge is imperfect and we do not have time to perfect it, and by the time we can proof something, it may no longer be true. Experimentation is most often the only way we can get to a workable answer quickly enough to have an impact on our market and to satisfy customers' fickle and ever-changing needs.
We often hear people saying that Agile's lack of detailed upfront planning is a very risky approach.
My response is that we don't neglect detailed planning, we just don't spend inordinate amounts of time planning things based on guesses and assumptions!
We however do, do detailed planning, but we break planning up, and only do detailed planning when it's needed, when we have real tangible data and when we are about to do something, then, and ONLY then. The reality is that we often only find out the detailed required as we progress and start to deliver on requirements (user stories), and secondly, as customers and users see what we deliver they also, all of a sudden better understand their real requirements and are better able to articulate their needs.
Agile, like Lean, is a cultural and behavioural phenomenon before anything else and in essence the changes in behaviour it advocates, work best if the leadership of the organisation understands and commits to these changes. These changes in culture are impacted quite significantly by the leadership style in the organisation.
Leaders in organisations where successful adoption of Agile occurs, show genuine interest in how employees execute their tasks, stimulate and inspire employees to develop and grow and act as coaches, teachers and enablers rather than supervisors.
The most crucial factor for Agile success in complex environments is to have the right level product owners (skills and seniority), that work for the business and not the PMO, IT, or R&D and that drive delivery in every product or service portfolio, constantly thinking about P&L, Risk and Value Creation.
The added advantage of getting this rights is that the business now owns the outcomes and projects AND change and transformation become part of doing business as usual. This is the ONLY way any organisation will survive in this new, fickle, digital world we live in, with the only certainty being uncertainty and the need to change!
The Agile way of thinking is best known in the field of software development, but the principles are increasingly being applied in other types of projects and it is fast becoming a regular project management technique. Scrum is the most used Agile methodology and is suitable for all professionals looking to keep their knowledge up to date with the latest developments in the fields of IT and Project Management, particularly those leading or participating in projects. The Product Owner role focuses on bringing value for the customer and value for the business, through Project Management techniques.
In particular, the certification is suitable for professionals working in the areas of Project Management, Software development, IT Service Management and Business Management.
Day 1 - 2
The course prepares participants to sit the EXIN Agile Scrum Product Owner exam.
Exam is scheduled at the end of the last day of the course.
A passing mark of 65% is required.
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