CSPO Certified Scrum Product Owner

Taught by Jeff Sutherland, Scott Downey, Dan Greening, and Arline Sutherland
March 1-2, 2012 in Los Angeles, CA, United States

Update: This is a new Product Owner course based on John Boyd’s OODA loop which Jeff has found essential to 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 will guarantee career success.

Learn the essentials of working as a Product Owner in this two-day class. As the Inventor and Co-Creator of Scrum, Jeff Sutherland has worked with many of the best Product Owners worldwide. He carefully selected and trained the first Product Owner for the first Scrum team. In eight Scrum companies he has recruited, trained, and coached the Product Owners and has often been the Chief Product Owner. Working with OpenView Venture Partners as their Senior Advisor, he is Agile coach to 18 portfolio companies doing Scrum. For OpenView expansion stage startups he works extensively with the management and the product owners as well as coaching the Scrum development teams.

Scott and Jeff are experts on high performing teams. See their “Hyperproductive Scrum Metrics” videos. The Product Owner’s vision, backlog, and roadmap is critical for these teams and maximizing revenue for products, or value from projects and services.

As the inventor and Co-Creator of Scrum, Jeff Sutherland, is constantly working with industry leaders. The latest information on several key topics will be discussed in this class:
1. Working with Microsoft we now have data showing story point estimation is much better than traditional estimation. The improvement is astonishing!
2. Meeting with Jim Johnson, CEO of the Standish Group, we have learned that he is taking a radical new stance on agile development based on analysis of the past decade of project success/failure data. We will discuss his latest findings.
3. Working with the Lean Enterprise Institute, the founders of the “lean” approach to manufacturing, we have discovered a remarkable connection between the origins of Scrum and lean Japanese teams.

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The Olympic Collection Banquet & Conference Center
11301 Olympic Blvd., #204
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 575- 4585



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This course is sponsored by Scrum Inc. and will be taught by Jeff Sutherland, Co-Creator of Scrum, and Agile coach Scott Downey, owner of While the Scrum Alliance provides a list of core concepts that must be covered in the class, each instructor creates his or her own material, allowing courses to differ based on the strengths, interests and experiences of the instructor.


Business representatives, product, program, project managers and line managers aiming to maximize the benefit that they receive from their Agile projects by learning how to better prioritize and interface with Agile teams.


At a minimum we request you read The Power of Scrum, a fast-paced novel about how to save a project with Scrum. Having attended a Scrum class or hands-on experience working with an Agile team is an advantage. 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.

Course Overview

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.

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 new 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 course emphasizes a product team based approach to product ownership. The time and expertise demands of product ownership make it difficult for a single person to meet all the demands. A product owner supported by a product team can more effectively make decisions and perform the necessary work to identify and describe valuable, usable and feasible software.

During the two days participants will learn about:

*Identifying the sources of business value that drive feature prioritization
*Understanding customers and users
*Building a product backlog that helps understand the product and plan effective releases
*Steering development tactically using iterative and incremental strategies
*Collaborating with customers and users throughout the development process

This two-day Product Owner certification course provides everything you need to work effectively with a Scrum team. On completion, participants are registered as Certified Product Owners (CPOs), which includes a one-year membership in the Scrum Alliance, ( where valuable materials and information are available exclusively to CPOs.

You can apply for 16 PMP PDUs with the Project Management Institute, satisfying 16 of the required 21 training hours for the new PMI-ACP (PMI-Agile Certified Practitioner)