Agile Practitioner – Advanced Product Owner

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This course is intended for product owners, project managers, business analysts, architects, as well as change agents working in established lean-agile environments.
Course Duration:
2 days


This course assumes a working understanding of Agile methods like Scrum and Lean. Completion of the Certified Agile Practitioner – Product Owner Course or an equivalent type course is required. Participants should have a minimum of six months’ experience working on an Agile team.

Course Objectives:
  • Understand how to craft incremental requirements and minimum marketable features (MMFs) using stories and specification by example
  • Learn to define acceptance criteria and develop acceptance tests from them
  • Explore how to size stories correctly using progressive elaboration and splitting techniques
  • Learn how to base decisions on the economic view, quantifying the value, cost, risk and ROI of user stories
  • Learn how to prioritize based on the ROI, cost of delay, the weighted shortest job first (WSJF) method and net present value
  • Learn techniques for defining minimum viable products (MVP), product vision, roadmap and releases
  • Gain a better understanding of the product owner role in large, enterprise environment
  • Internal and external facing, product owner committees and product management organization
  • Gain insights into scaling the product owner role and best practices for scaling Scrum events -Discover how to identify and work with stakeholders
Course Outline:
  • Product Owner Challenges
  • Agile Review – Jeopardy™ Game
  • The Product Owner (PO) Role
    • Desirable Characteristics
    • Scrum Master and PO Relationship
    • Development Team and PO Relationship
    • Stakeholders and the PO Role
    • Scaling the Product Owner
    • Common Mistakes
  • Five Levels of Planning
  • Product Visioning – Desirable Qualities, Techniques for Creating
  • Visioning and the Product Roadmap
  • Release Planning
  • Sprint Planning
  • Daily Commitments
  • Common Problems and How to Solve Them Requirements
    • Requirements Elicitation
    • Non-Functional Requirements
    • UI Prototyping
    • Modeling
    • Use Cases
  • Prioritization – Taking the Economic View
    • Prioritization
    • Cost of Delay
    • Weighted Shortest Job First (WSJF)
    • ROI
    • Risk and Dependencies
    • Understanding Cost and Value of Stories
  • Portfolio, Program Backlog Management
    • Epics and the Business Case
    • Multitasking
    • The Pull versus Push Concept and WIP Limits
    • Identifying MVP and MMF
  • Product Backlog Management
    • Defining the User – Use of Personas
    • Story Mapping
    • Decomposing from Epics to User Stories
    • Finding the Right Slice
    • Better Acceptance Criteria
    • Automated Acceptance Testing
    • Facilitating a User Story Workshop
    • Avoiding Story Card Hell
  • Release Planning
    • Running the Release Planning Event for Multiple Teams
    • Monitoring and Reporting the Health of a Release
    • Managing Change
    • Mapping External Dependencies
  • Driving Organizational Transformation
    • Agile Scaling Frameworks Overview
    • Cultural Transformation
    • Change Management – Project Minded Agile Transformation
  • Final Retrospective
    • Next Few Steps
    • Down The Road
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