Students are introduced to the foundational aspects of agility and Scrum. Understanding the values and principles of Scrum help form the basis for the rest of the course.
Students explore the three recognized roles within Scrum and how the activities and responsibilities are divided among them. Being able to differentiate between the activities of a Product Owner, separate from a Scrum Master and the Development Team, is critical for the success of the entire team.
Product Backlog Topics
Students focus on the aspects of the Product Backlog and Product Backlog Items. Additional topics covered in this section include Personas, User Stories, and Acceptance Criteria.
Product Backlog Refinement
Students will concentrate on the Backlog Refinement Activity, exploring activities around adding appropriate detail, estimates, and ordering of Product Backlog Items. These Product Owner skills set the Scrum Team up for success by establishing mutual understanding and providing clarity.
Students learn about a Sprint and the characteristics of this time-box within Scrum. Additional topics of focus include the Increment and the Definition of Done.
Students will explore the events that comprise a Sprint, focusing on the different goals, attendees, length, and overall intent of each activity. Product Owners have a different and critical part to play in each of these.
Considerations and Assumptions
Students interact with one another to experience and discuss situations that will very likely present themselves during their Product Owner activities. Learning the concepts of Suspending Judgment, Anti-Patterns, Facilitation, and Decision-Making techniques will assist Product Owners in their day-to-day responsibilities. This section concludes with activities around validating assumptions, differentiating between types of risks and learning costs.
Customers and Product
Students focus on a set of techniques used to connect Customers and Users with their teams, building the empathy needed to deliver great products. Concepts in this module include identifying customer segments, visioning techniques, and building an “elevator pitch”.
Value and Communication
Students gain an understanding of strategy, mission, goals, and value. This module involves interactive activities focused on identifying small sets of functionality, techniques to measure value, and pitching concepts of Scrum to different audiences.