Certified Scrum Product Owner Training with Michigan Technology Services
Michigan Technology Services offers instructor-led Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) training, as well as other Agile and Scrum courses, through a partnership with the only Scrum Alliance authorized Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) based in Michigan, Chet Hendrickson. Chet is one of the founders of extreme programming (XP), the first signatory of the Agile Manifesto, and is a globally recognized Scrum Trainer. Numerous Agile educators and coaches seek his guidance and have studied with him. He’s authored multiple books on agility. Taking a CSPO workshop with Chet is unlike any other Agile course. We also work with a number of other stellar Agile trainers.
In addition to 2 days of CSPO training we offer our students the ability to join one of our bonus 1/2 day Agile training sessions, at no additional cost. We will cover important Agile topics that are outside the scope of a Scrum Alliance CSPO workshop in these sessions. The value add will help you as you work with your Scrum team.
In a pre-Covid world our training would take place at our location in the Farmington Hills/Novi area, 20 miles outside of Detroit, or at your location anywhere around the world. Our Agile workshops and Agile coaching sessions are now offered online/virtually, reducing your need to travel.
While many CST’s fly into metro Detroit to deliver a class, and then leave, we live here and support the local Agile community. We continue to sponsor regional Agile conferences and local Agile and Scrum meetups. We have strong ties to Agile companies in the metro Detroit area. We have successfully run this course for multiple teams in the Great Lakes area.
What is Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) training?
Scrum is a very useful agile framework for completing complex projects.
This intensive two-day course will prepare you to take on the Product Owner role and is taught by a Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Trainer. We’ll cover the Scrum framework but more importantly, what it means to function as the Product Owner, or Customer, for a Scrum team. You will learn about managing stakeholders, creating and refining the Product Backlog, emerging detail with Product Backlog Items and User Stories including Acceptance Criteria and the Definition of Done.
You will participate in exercises, in-depth discussion, case studies and techniques to help illustrate practices and principles. After completing the course, you will earn the Certified Scrum Product Owner credential with the Scrum Alliance. You will also receive a two-year membership in the Scrum Alliance, an organization that provides valuable materials and resources exclusively to CSPOs.
Additional Benefits of taking our CSPO course
Participants are eligible for 16 Education Hours for the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner application and 16 PMI PDUs (Professional Development Units)
Note: The Scrum Alliance has allowed virtual classes taught by CSTs as we all deal with the Covid-19 situation. While we are located in Farmington Hills our upcoming CSPO workshops are now virtual workshops.
Our February Certified Scrum Product Owner class with Steve Spearman will be Saturday and Sunday, February 11-12. You are still eligible to get certified after 2 days of virtual/online training with Steve. The regular course fee is $995/student, but early enrollment, prior to February 10, is $695/student. The CSPO credential is included in the course fee, as well as a two year membership with the Scrum Alliance.
Our March Certified Scrum Product Owner class with Bob Sarni will be Monday and Tuesday, March 6-7. You are still eligible to get certified after 2 days of virtual/online training with Bob. The regular course fee is $995/student, but early enrollment, prior to February 21, is $695/student. The CSPO credential is included in the course fee, as well as a two year membership with the Scrum Alliance.
Additional 2023 Certified Scrum Product Owner classes with Bob Sarni will be announced soon.
Let us all hope we can return to in-person workshops and that all of our friends and family remain healthy.
Enroll in our one of our Certified Scrum Product Owner workshops by filling out the following enrollment form.
If you want a CSPO workshop prior to one that is listed call or email us. We often have private workshops that clients may let you join in on. We also have the ability to schedule CSPO training based upon demand.
Once you have earned the CSPO credential deepen your Product Owner knowledge by joining our Advanced Certified Scrum Product Owner workshop.
Private CSPO classes for groups or companies are available upon request. Your training can take place at our location in Farmington Hills, 20 miles outside of Detroit, virtually, or onsite at your office anywhere throughout the United States. Call 248-489-0408 for details.
For additional Scrum Product Owner class information or to request a class date contact Michigan Technology Services. 248-489-0408
Who Should Attend
Scrum is not just for programmers. Project managers, business analysts, technical writers, QA staff, testers - as well as developers - have all found value in our instruction.
You do not need to have substantial experience working in an Agile environment, but it helps if you have some experience managing projects. Anyone looking to gain an understanding of the Scrum framework will benefit from this course.
- The basics of what Scrum is and how it fits into an Agile process
- What the Product Owner role is and how it differs from a traditional product manager or project sponsor
- The process for creating, refining and maintaining a Product Backlog
- How to collaborate with the Scrum team to maximize business value with each Sprint
- How Scrum can enable your business to respond more rapidly to changing market, business and customer needs
Free Bonus Track for our CSM and CSPO students
Congratulations. You have completed one of our two-day CSM (or CSPO) workshops, and likely taken and passed the CSM exam.
The Scrum Alliance Scrum Master and Product Owner courses lay a foundation for you, but there are other topics we wish we had time to cover in our session with you. We think now is the time to start broadening and deepening your Agile knowledge.
We have decided to provide you with an opportunity to gain additional knowledge, at no additional cost. We want to help you work better as a ScrumMaster (or Product Owner).
In this optional four-hour session, we will cover three subjects. This material will not be on a CSM exam, but these are topics a Scrum practitioner should be aware of.
1) Doubtlessly, the term Kanban came up in our class. We will now take the time to see how it works, how to use it instead of Scrum, and how to use it with Scrum.
We will cover:
• The Pillars of the Lean House
• Kaizen (Continuous Improvement)
• The Seven Forms of Waste
• Representing the Gemba
• Common mistakes using Kanban
2) You may have noticed that Chet thinks testing is necessary in Agile Software Development. We will look at the two forms of testing in Extreme Programming.
We will show you a bit about Developer Testing and how it speeds up the development process, supports evolutionary design and refactoring, and helps document your developers work.
Next, we will look at, and in fact do some, Customer Testing, or to use Scrum words, Product Owner Testing. We will let you get your hands dirty with two of the most popular tools for Customer Testing, Cucumber and Fitnesse.
We will cover when and how these tests are created and executed and by whom.
3) Our final topic is how to use Scrum in your organization. The decision to adopt Scrum should come at the end of a string of analysis and decision making. As Chet often says, it is Number 15 on your list, not Number 1. We will look at what those first 14 should be and how to go about deciding them. We will look at the techniques from Lean Thinking and General Systems Theory that can help you decide where and how to change your organization to become more effective.
Finally, we will save some time to cover anything else that has come to mind since your class.
Starting January 4, 2021 this bonus session will be offered quarterly for students in Michigan Technology Services’ CSM and CSPO workshops taught by Chet Hendrickson.