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Product Owner Certification
at Better Software East 2011
 Product Owner Certification*  
 Aligning Product Management with Agile Delivery
 Sunday, November 6 – Monday, November 7, 2011 • 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  *2-day Training

In Product Owner Certification training you will:

    •  Describe, manage, and prioritize features on a backlog effectively

    •  Balance competing needs across broad groups of stakeholders

    •  Plan sprints and releases, and forecast delivery dates for major milestones

    •  Facilitate effective creation and sharing of complex product visions

    •  Scale Scrum to work with multiple teams

    •  Ensure maximum return on investment (ROI)



About the Instructor: 

Arlen Bankston is an established leader in the application and evolution of process management methodologies such as lean, Six Sigma and BPM, as well as agile software development processes such as Extreme Programming (XP) and Scrum. He is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and Certified ScrumMaster Trainer. He also has twelve years of experience in product design, leveraging principles of information architecture, interaction design and usability to develop innovative products that meet customers' expressed and unspoken needs. Arlen has led agile and lean deployment and managed process improvement projects at clients such as Capital One, T. Rowe Price, Freddie Mac, and the Armed Forces Benefits Association. Arlen's recent work has centered on combining Lean Six Sigma process improvement methods with agile execution to dramatically improve both the speed and quality of business results. He has also led the integration of interaction design and usability practices into agile methodologies, presenting and training frequently at both industry conferences and to Fortune 100 clients.


This two-day course provides everything you need to be an effective customer to a Scrum team. You will learn the essential concepts and tools of Scrum, differences between agile processes and traditional "waterfall" methodologies, and how your particular role as a business customer will change when interacting with agile teams. Participants will learn how to effectively manage and prioritize product backlogs, plan releases and sprints, track and report progress, and scale Scrum to program-level efforts.
On completion, participants are registered as Certified Scrum Product Owners (CSPOs), which includes a one-year membership in the Scrum Alliance, where valuable materials and information are available exclusively to CSPOs. Participants are also eligible for 16 PDUs toward PMI continuing education credits.
This course is taught by Arlen Bankston, an agile practitioner with years of experience leading agile and lean deployment and managed process improvement projects for Fortune 500 companies. The course includes exercises, demonstrations, facilitated discussions, case studies, tool and template examples, and more.

Who Should Attend?
Business customers, product 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 should attend.

Course Completion and Certification
Successful attendees receive Scrum training materials, a listing as Certified Product Owner on the Scrum Alliance website, and a 12-month membership in the Scrum Alliance. In addition, the class is eligible for 16 PDU credits with the Project Management Institute.

Bonus Offerings
16 PDUs toward PMI Certification
Membership in Scrum Alliance ($50 value)
Managing Agile Projects book discount

Sunday  Monday  Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday  Friday
Product Owner Certification
* 2-day Training (Sunday - Monday)

Choose from Tuesday Tutorials in half- and full-day formats.
Concurrent Classes
Networking EXPO
Bonus Sessions
Special Events
…and More!
 Agile Leadership Summit


2-Day Course Outline

Introduction to Agile
A case for change
Scrum process overview

Planning: Modeling the Problem
Discovery sessions
Identifying measurable product goals
Identifying and modeling users
Modeling product usage
Agile estimation
Product backlog

Executing: Creating a Solution

Interacting with the team
Sprint backlog
Sprint planning
Burndown chart

Evaluating: Testing and Honing the Solution
Feedback loops
Sprint review

Adapting: Tuning the Process
Sprint retrospective
Stakeholder management

Seeding and Growing Scrum
Organizational adoption and scaling
Resource and portfolio management
Distributed delivery

Bonus: Getting the Most Out of Scrum
Agile contracts
The agile game

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