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Agile for Product Owners

( Duration: 2 Days )

Utilizing an Agile approach effectively requires more than just ensuring the development team is following the Agile process. It is a collaborative effort between this team and the product owner. Agile represents a true paradigm change for most organizations, and in order to truly take advantage of the possible benefits, today's product owners need to know how to support their development partners.

This Agile for Product Owners training course will provide extensive knowledge and understanding of the principles of Agile, demonstrate how to use the product backlog as a tool for driving success product outcomes, instruct clearly in the ways of working in partnership with the development organization, and provide tools that enable teams to embrace the change that is required for delivering the best products possible.

By attending Agile for Product Owners workshop, delegates will learn:

  • What Agile is?
  • How to form an Agile team
  • The role of the Agile team product owner
  • The five levels of detail of Agile planning

  • Product Owners and Managers, Team leadership, Project managers.



Agile Overview

  • What is Agile?
  • Agile Manifesto
  • Agile Principles
  • Agile Methodologies
  • Agile Benefits
  • Requirements Reality

Forming the Agile Team

  • Team Roles and Responsibilities
  • Expectations
  • Self Organization
  • Communication

The Role of the Product Owner

  • Role and Responsibilities of the Product Owner
  • Agile Product Management
  • Working with the Team
  • Working with Management
  • What to Expect Section

Agile Planning

  • The Agile Framework
  • 5 Levels of Planning
  • Product Vision

Focus on the Customer

  • Customer Involvement
  • User Roles
  • Creating and Using Personas
  • Constraints

Creating the Product Backlog

  • The Product Backlog
  • User Stories
  • INVEST Model (Bill Wake, 2003)
  • Goals and Objectives
  • Acceptance Criteria and Acceptance Tests
  • Foundational Stories
  • Low-Fidelity Prototypes

Guidelines to Writing Effective User Stories

  • Start with Goal Stories
  • Slice the Cake
  • Open vs. Closed Stories
  • Story Constraints
  • Size the Story to the Horizon

Product Roadmap

  • Product Themes
  • Two Types of Roadmaps
  • Creating the Roadmap
  • Keeping Focus
  • Maintaining the Roadmap

Prioritizing the Product Backlog

  • Prioritization Themes
  • Decision Matrix
  • Kano Analysis
  • Preventing Fire Alarms
  • Maintaining the Product Backlog


  • Relative vs. Actual Estimating
  • Introduction to Story Points
  • Effectively Using Story Points
  • Planning Poker (Grenning 2002)
  • Product Planning Poker (Business Value)

Release Planning

  • Velocity
  • What is a Release
  • Schedule Based vs. Feature Based Planning
  • Building the Release Plan
  • Visibility

Detailed Requirements

  • Unused Requirements
  • Documentation
  • Adapting to Change
  • Test Driven Development
  • Use Cases
  • Alternative Methods
  • What is Important

Iteration Planning and Execution

  • Capacity
  • Engaging the Team
  • Planning the Iteration
  • Executing the Iteration
  • Defining "Done"
  • Demonstrate Working Software (Delivered Requirements)
  • Inspect and Adapt applied to Requirements


  • Elements of the Retrospective
  • Facilitating Retrospectives
  • Improvement Backlog from Retrospectives

Adopting Agile Product Management

  • Agile Process Overview
  • Overcoming Resistance
  • How to get Started
  • Agile Calendar of Events
  • Challenges to Adoption
  • Team Roadmap Exercise

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