Scrum Product Owner Certified Without Books (SPOC-BP) | CoursesPlatform.com

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The product owner, representing the product’s stakeholders and the voice of the customer (or may represent the desires of a committee), is responsible for delivering good business results.  Hence, the product owner is accountable for the product backlog and for maximizing the value that the team delivers. The product owner defines the product in customer-centric terms (typically user stories), adds them to the product backlog, and prioritizes them based on importance and dependencies. A scrum team should have only one product owner (although a product owner could support more than one team) This role should not be combined with that of the scrum master. The product owner should focus on the business side of product development and spend the majority of their time liaising with stakeholders and the team. The product owner should not dictate how the team reaches a technical solution, but rather will seek consensus among the team members. This role is crucial and requires a deep understanding of both sides: the business and the engineers (developers) in the scrum team. Therefore a good product owner should be able to communicate what the business needs, ask why they need it (because there may be better ways to achieve that), and convey the message to all stakeholders including the delivery Team using a technical language, as required. The Product Owner uses Scrum’s empirical tools to manage highly complex work while controlling risk and achieving value.

Communication is a core responsibility of the product owner. The ability to convey priorities and empathize with team members and stakeholders is vital to steer product development in the right direction. The product owner role bridges the communication gap between the team and its stakeholders, serving as a proxy for stakeholders to the team and as a team representative to the overall stakeholder community.

As the face of the team to the stakeholders, the following are some of the communication tasks of the product owner to the stakeholders:

  • Define and announce releases.
  • Communicate delivery and team status.
  • Share progress during governance meetings.
  • Share significant RIDAs (risks, impediments, dependencies, and assumptions) with stakeholders.
  • Negotiate priorities, scope, funding, and schedule.
  • Ensure that the product backlog is visible, transparent and clear.

Empathy is a key attribute for a product owner to have—the ability to put one’s self in another’s shoes. A product owner converses with different stakeholders, who have a variety of backgrounds, job roles, and objectives. A product owner must be able to see from these different points of view. To be effective, it is wise for a product owner to know the level of detail the audience needs. The development team needs thorough feedback and specifications so they can build a product up to expectation, while an executive sponsor may just need summaries of progress. Providing more information than necessary may lose stakeholder interest and waste time. A direct means of communication is the most preferred by seasoned agile product owners.

A product owner’s ability to communicate effectively is also enhanced by being skilled in techniques that identify stakeholder needs, negotiate priorities between stakeholder interests, and collaborate with developers to ensure effective implementation of requirements.

 

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The Curriculum for this course is designed for learners to have a clear understanding, simplified learning experience which allows the learner to easily understand and get certified. It comes with an added Certification of Scrum Fundamentals which allows having the basic understanding prior to the transition into the Scrum Product Owner certification.

The unique advantage of this course is to allow the user to have two examination retakes which are not offered by any offline institute for free. Also, you get lifetime access to the learning content without paying extra cost for examination with examination voucher which is inclusive within the course price.

The examination needs to be booked 48 hours in advance and it will be live online with a proctor, all instructions will be given to you with course access, you need to ensure that you have a good reliable internet connection, also a webcam. The examination will be a hundred forty multiple-choice questions, Three hours duration, and no negative marking. And you also get access to downloadable content inclusive SBOK™ Guide (Scrum Body of Knowledge).

 

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