Product Owner Training

Day 1: Product Owner Basic Training
The goal of Product Owner training is to introduce Product Owners and others to the key elements and practices of the Product Owner role.
9:00am – 10:00am The Product Owner Role

This lecture introduces the participants to the primary responsibilities of a Product Owner. The Product Owner creates user stories, develops the product backlog, and represents the customer to the team.

10:00am – 11:00am Product Backlog Tear Down

Participants will examine an actual Product Backlog and how it changes and develops over time.

11:00am – 11:15am Break
11:15am – 12:30pm User Story Development

Participants learn how to create user stories by developing a complete product backlog for a simple software application.

12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm – 2:00pm Release Management

Participants learn how to plan releases.

2:00pm – 2:45pm Product Owner Failure Modes

An examination of how Product Owners fail.

2:45pm – 3:00pm Break
3:00pm – 4:00pm Defining Business Value

Product Owners are charged with listing user stories in order of business value. In this session, each Product Owner will define business value for his product.

4:00pm – 4:30pm Multi-team Planning

Participants learn how to operate in a multi-team (Scrum of Scrums) environment.

4:30pm – 5:00pm Corporate Communication

Participants learn how to communicate the status and progress of their project to the larger organization.

Day 2: Product Owner Workshop
[Note: The recommended sequence of courses for Product Owners prior to launch is:
• Intro to Agile (one day)
• Product Owner Training (one day)
• Sprint 0 Training (one day)
If the organization chooses not to implement Sprint 0 training, we recommend that Product Owners attend the two day version of Product Owner Training.]
During the second day of Product Owner training, Product Owners create draft product and sprint backlogs for their products. They also develop an action plan for improving their product backlogs.
A typical agenda for the course is as follows:
9:00am – 10:00am Product Backlog Elaboration

Product Owners bring all product backlog related material (specifications, requirements, user stories, screen shots, wire diagrams, etc.) and begin to create product backlogs.

10:00am – 11:45am Product Backlog #1

One Product Owner presents his backlog to the class and the class works together to critique and improve the backlog.

11:45am – 12:30pm Product Backlog #2

One Product Owner presents his backlog to the class and the class works together to critique and improve the backlog.

12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm – 2:15pm Product Backlog #3

One Product Owner presents his backlog to the class and the class works together to critique and improve the backlog.

2:15pm – 3:00pm Sprint and Release Planning

A presentation on how to plan sprints and releases.

3:00pm – 3:45pm Team Interaction

An exercise on how to interact with the team.

3:45pm – 4:30pm Customer Interaction

An explanation and exercise on interaction with the customer.

4:30pm – 5:00pm Product Backlog Action Plan

Participants identify shortcomings in their existing Product Backlogs and create an action plan for improving their Product Backlogs.