Agile Practitioner - Advanced Product Owner


Course Number: AGL-162

Duration: 2 days (13 hours)

Format: Live, hands-on

Advanced Product Owner Training Overview

This two-day course is aimed at individuals who are actively using Lean-Agile methods within their organization. To take its participants to the next level, this course delves into advanced topics relevant to the product owner role, including progressive and current thoughts in requirements gathering, defining user stories, spikes and acceptance criteria, managing technical requirements, specification by example, acceptance test-driven development, prioritization based on project economics, scaling the PO role, and Scrum events for large programs.  Additionally, this course offers in-depth coverage of the five levels of planning, focusing specifically on release planning and the preparation required to make it successful, as well as powerful discussions about organizing and managing the product management team.

Participants start by brainstorming many of the real-world challenges they face as product owners in a lean organization and then proceed to explore a multitude of topics surrounding the product owner role. Time to discuss potential solutions to the listed challenges is provided as the course progresses. The course concludes with a retrospective, providing the next steps servant leaders should take in guiding their teams to higher levels of performance.

Location and Pricing

Accelebrate offers instructor-led enterprise training for groups of 3 or more online or at your site. Most Accelebrate classes can be flexibly scheduled for your group, including delivery in half-day segments across a week or set of weeks. To receive a customized proposal and price quote for private corporate training on-site or online, please contact us.

Objectives

  • Understand how to craft incremental requirements and minimum marketable features (MMFs) using stories and specification by example
  • Define acceptance criteria and develop acceptance tests from them
  • Size stories correctly using progressive elaboration and splitting techniques
  • Learn how to base decisions on the economic view, quantifying the value, cost, risk, and ROI of user stories
  • Learn how to prioritize based on the ROI, cost of delay, the weighted shortest job first (WSJF) method, and net present value
  • Gain techniques for defining minimum viable products (MVP), product vision, roadmap, and releases
  • Gain a better understanding of the product owner role within an enterprise environment
  • Gain insights into scaling the product owner role and best practices for scaling Scrum events
  • Discover how to identify and work with stakeholders

Prerequisites

This course assumes a working understanding of Agile methods like Scrum and Lean. Students should have taken Accelebrate's introductory Agile Product Owner course or have equivalent experience. Participants should have a minimum of six months experience working on an Agile team.

Outline

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Introduction
Product Owner Challenges
The Product Owner (PO) Role
  • Desirable Characteristics
  • Scrum Master and PO Relationship
  • Development Team and PO Relationship
  • Stakeholders and the PO Role
  • Scaling the Product Owner
  • Common Mistakes
Five Levels of Planning
  • Product Visioning – Desirable Qualities, Techniques for Creating
  • Visioning and the Product Roadmap
  • Release Planning
  • Sprint Planning
  • Daily Commitments
  • Common Problems and How to Solve Them
Requirements
  • Requirements Elicitation
  • Non-Functional Requirements
  • UI Prototyping
  • Modeling
  • Use Cases
Prioritization – Taking the Economic View
  • Prioritization
  • Cost of Delay
  • Weighted Shortest Job First (WSJF)
  • ROI
  • Risk and Dependencies
  • Understanding Cost and Value of Stories
Portfolio, Program Backlog Management
  • Epics and the Business Case
  • Multitasking
  • The Pull versus Push Concept and WIP Limits
  • Identifying MVP and MMF
Product Backlog Management
  • Defining the User – Use of Personas
  • Story Mapping
  • Decomposing from Epics to User Stories
  • Finding the Right Slice
  • Better Acceptance Criteria
  • Automated Acceptance Testing
  • Facilitating a User Story Workshop
  • Avoiding Story Card Hell
Release Planning
  • Running the Release Planning Event for Multiple Teams
  • Monitoring and Reporting the Health of a Release
Final Retrospective
  • Next Few Steps
Down The Road
Conclusion

Training Materials:

All attendees receive comprehensive courseware.

Software Requirements:

No software is required. Students should be seated in pods of 3 or 4, with a notebook and pen for each student. Each pod should have a flipchart with multiple colors of markers. The instructor will require connectivity for her/his laptop to a projection system and Internet.



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