Succeeding 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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Software Product Owner Learning Program

Great Product Owners master these skills

You’ll learn them all in Product Owner Foundations and why they’re important. Once the foundation is built, you can go even further with our other programs.

Write good user stories

To clearly communicate the users’ needs and goals to the team.

Clarify user stories with acceptance criteria

To support delivering actual customer value and enable productive Scrum team execution.

Refine user stories

To support incremental value delivery and help ensure that the user stories can be completed within the Sprint boundary.

Appropriately participate in story pointing sessions

To provide clarifications and details to help the team estimate the work and make tradeoff decisions.

Actively participate in Sprint Planning

To help the team deliver the most important value each Sprint.

Effectively participate in Retrospectives

To help you as Product Owner and the entire Scrum team learn and improve.

Topics at a glance

Before your program starts

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

The importance of the Product Owner role

What are the responsibilities of the Product Owner?
What authority does the PO hold?
Help organizations create and deliver value quickly
Focusing on value
Fail fast and adapt quickly and why it’s important

Writing good user stories

The characteristics of a good user story
10 approaches for writing good user stories
Using user roles to create better user stories
Using the Invest model
The “three Cs” of good user stories
Using acceptance criteria to clarify requirements

Preparing user stories for a sprint

Refining the backlog and why it’s important
Defining and describing readiness for user stories
Best practices for splitting (decomposing) user stories
Using acceptance criteria to confirm mutual understanding of user stories
How do you surface acceptable exceptions?
Story point estimation and why it’s effective and important

Building the product

How the Product Owner participates in Scrum events
Involving users in the process
Guiding reviews to get robust and healthy feedback
Adapting the backlog based on the users’ feedback
The importance of retrospectives
Making retrospectives powerful
The role of quality in effective product development

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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