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Certified Scrum Product Owner Course - Mike Cohn

Mike’s Scrum Product Owner course will help you fully understand your role as a product owner and teach you how to use the product backlog as a tool for success. As the product takes shape over a number of sprints, you can restructure the product backlog to incorporate insights or respond to changes in business conditions. This way you can identify and cancel potentially unsuccessful projects early, and ensure that your team is always working in the most efficient way possible.

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CSPO logoTraditionally a project is turned over to a project manager and everyone is left waiting and hoping for a good outcome. This is not a promising situation when we consider that over half of projects fail. Furthermore, of the 50% that do succeed, 64% have functionality which is rarely or never used. Scrum offers an appealing and effective alternative to this old fashioned setup. Intuitive and lightweight, the Scrum process delivers completed increments of the product at rapid, regular intervals.

What you will learn: 
• What the Products Owner is and is not responsible for 
• How to write user stories for the product backlog 
• Proven techniques for prioritizing the product backlog 
• How to predict the delivery date of a project (or the features that will be complete by a given date) using velocity 
• Tips for managing the key variables influencing project success 
• Tips and tricks from the instructor's fifteen years of using Scrum in a wide variety of environments

Following successful completion of the course, each participant will be designated a Certified Scrum Product Owner. There is no exam for this course, full attendance and completion of the group exercises are the only prerequisites for certification. This certification includes a one year membership in the Scrum Alliance, where additional member–only material and information is available.

SEUs: This course qualifies as 16 Scrum Educational Units (SEUs) toward the 70 required to become a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP).

Project Management Institute (PMI):
This course counts as 15 of the 21 contact hours needed of Agile Project Management Training to be eligible for the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) certification.

This course also counts for 15 Professional Development Units (PDUs).

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In preparation for your course you should read the Agile Manifesto and the Scrum Guide.

Reading the two materials is required, as they'll be referenced in the course but only covered in passing. If you've read them before we'd recommend you re-read or at least skim them before the course to refresh your memory.

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