Succeeding as a Product Owner

Optimizing Your Product Backlog

Great Product Owners create user stories that deliver optimum value, sequence the product backlog to maximize value, and quantify success and share that with the team.

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Software Product Owner Learning Program

Great Product Owners master these skills

You’ll learn them all in Optimizing Your Product Backlog and why they’re important. You can also review your core skills or go even further in our other programs.

Use story mapping

To visually represent the product backlog and help teams find missing stories, find duplicate stories, identify dependencies, and see the big picture.

Use impact mapping

To clearly delineate the goal for the system, product, or solution, clarify its actors or stakeholders, and make the why behind each feature obvious.

Establish target ranges

To provide a clear, meaningful way to capture outcomes for which binary results don’t make sense, such as quality requirements.

Effectively apply prioritization techniques

To help the team complete work in the order that creates the highest ROI.

Apply the Kano Model

To help the team discover the features or epics that are table stakes, those that provide only incremental value, and those that will delight your customers.

Take advantage of decomposing techniques

To ensure that your features or epics are decomposed in ways that provide incremental value to your users and support early feedback.

Topics at a glance

Before your program starts

Find your Product Owner strengths/weaknesses
Send epics/features from your current backlog
Meet with your mentor and review

Exploring user needs

Impact mapping
Prioritize benefits before prioritizing features
User story mapping
Using user story mapping to find a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) or solution
Tips and techniques for creating a user story map

Using measurable goals

Describing measurable goals
Using target ranges to capture successful outcomes
Using target ranges to capture quality requirements

Ordering the backlog for optimal ROI

Minimum Viable Product (MVP) or Solution
The Kano Model
Prioritizing with t-shirt sizing
Prioritizing with CD3 (Weighted Shortest Job First)

Incremental value delivery

Decomposing features and epics to support incremental value delivery
Lean Startup and the minimum viable experiment
How do you involve the users and adapt based on their feedback?

Sample Learning Program

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Why are our Learning Programs so effective?

We interviewed more than 400 software leaders around the world and what did they request?

Customized, minimally disruptive virtual sessions that focus on real-world results through a balanced mix of coursework, self-study, and expert mentoring.

Grow and thrive as a Product Owner

Product Owner Foundations

Gain the skills you need to be a great Product Owner–whether you’re considering the role, you’re new to the role, or you just need a refresher.

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Optimizing Your Product Backlog

Learn to use impact mapping, story mapping, and prioritization techniques to ensure that your user stories deliver optimum value, and understand how to quantify success and share that with the team.

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Defining Coherent Products

Great Product Owners understand the stakeholder landscape and help teams and stakeholders identify the outcomes that provide the greatest return for the company, product, or project vision.

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