CSPO Certified Scrum Product Owner

Taught by Jeff Sutherland
May 31 - June 1, 2012 in Boston, MA, United States

The rules of Scrum are easy. Implementing them is hard. If you want to learn both, this is the course for you. Dr. Jeff Sutherland, who will be leading the course, ran the first Scrum team in 1993, and has been the driving force behind it for nearly twenty years.

This Product Owner course is based on the legendary fighter pilot John Boyd’s OODA Loop: Observe, Orient, Decide, Act. Dr. Sutherland learned it as an F-4 pilot in Viet Nam where it kept him alive, and now he brings that kind of quick thinking, analysis, and action to businesses. He has found this essential in training Product Owners for OpenView Venture Partners 18 expansion stage startup companies. It applies equally well to small projects in large companies where skillful execution is required for success.

Product ownership is one of the most difficult and critical roles in Scrum. While the role responsibilities of the product owner can be described simply enough, very little is said about the day-to-day practice for those filling the role. If you’re a product owner, you’re likely wrestling with competing demands for time and information from your team, and stakeholders. You’re likely working long hours to try to keep up with work that’s different than anything you’ve done before.

The Product Owner is crucial to the success of any Agile implantation. Scrum Inc. coaches Product Owners in a wide variety of areas: sales, marketing, finance, client services, senior management teams, investment groups, and non-profit organizations as well as software development teams. This course attracts managers, C-level executives, and product, project, and program managers looking to make the change to an Agile environment.

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OpenView Venture Partners
303 Congress Street, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02210



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Before the course, please read The Power of Scrum, a fast-paced novel that demonstrates how Scrum works in a narrative format. We also recommend you read the canonical Scrum Guide. You will get more out of the course if you are familiar with the basic Scrum concepts.

The Product Owner class will touch on the basics of Scrum briefly then take the participants through an immersive and intense two-day workshop to understand how the product development flow works within the Scrum context.


You will learn the essential concepts and tools of Scrum, how to maximize value for the business, how your role will interact with Agile teams and how the organization can support the Product Owner. The class is extremely pragmatic, through a combination of theory and hands-on exercises, participants will learn how to effectively manage and prioritize product backlogs, plan releases and sprints, track and report progress, quantify value and scale Scrum to program-level efforts.

Students are also eligible for 16 PMP PDUs with the Project Management Institute. This course will also satisfy 16 of the required 21 training hours for the new PMI-ACP (PMI-Agile Certified Practitioner).

The course will run 9:00 am to 5:00 pm each day. Please arrive at 8:30 each day for a continental breakfast. Lunch will be served.

Course Material

Before the class, participants should read The Scrum Guide (downloadable for free here) and The Power of Scrum, a fast paced novella by Jeff Sutherland, that demonstrates the concepts behind Scrum through narrative. Familiarity with the basic Scrum concepts will help you get the most out of the course.

All course materials will be available in hardcopy at the beginning of the course. As each course is tailored to the interests and knowledge level of participants a link to what was presented in your course will be provided at the conclusion of the class.

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