I attended the Certified Scrum Product Owner course this month run by Agil8.
To be honest I was a bit sceptical as have worked with some really great Agile practictioners, but I came away feeling like I had my Agile Compass recalibrated!
The instructor was David Hicks who had a great teaching technique, was very good at energising the room and broad experience of working in Agile.
The Syllabus is available on Agil8 website here.
The main take away points for me on the course were;
- First Question should always be why?
- Agile is an Empirical Process , defining a goal and moving towards it in steps.
- Three pillars of Empirical Process Control - Tranparency , Inspection & Adaptation
- At the start of the process uncertainity is high - with each sprint it reduces
- It is important to stop if a product is not going to work, failing fast is one of the main benefits of the MVP process
- User stories should always focus on business values - even technical ones
- Need inspect all the time and to measure value!
- Value is offered by having a potentially shippable product - you don't have to ship it but you can get feedback from customers and prove ROI early.
- SCRUM is a mirror showing state of project from the data - removes the politics and emotions
- Being a good product owner is hard.
The course provides the Scrum Alliance Certification https://www.scrumalliance.org/community/profile/jgregory21 and two years membership.
I can really recommend this course to anyone to attend. I am now relooking at all the projects I am working on with a product owner perspective and to unlearn the Agile bad habits that have formed over the last few years.