Inspire Scrum Product Owner Training - Preparation for's PSPO™ Level I (2 day Course)

This course covers all focus areas and exam preparation for the online Professional Scrum Product Owner PSPO™ certification from
Our courses and trainers are consistently rated 'Excellent' by attendees, with our hands-on exercises and simulations particularly popular for illustrating concepts (and being fun!).


The use of agile development methods such as Scrum continues to grow apace. This is based on extraordinary benefits in productivity, quality, predictability and flexibility being experienced across diverse companies and industries. Scrum has now entered the mainstream, with the majority of software development organisations worldwide using it in at least some projects. But to be successful, the role of Product Owner is key, and qualified Product Owners are in big demand. A rigorous certification is increasingly important in accessing these new and exciting opportunities.

The creators of Scrum, Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber, have defined the key concepts and practices of Scrum and introduced a certification scheme called 'Professional Scrum Product Owner'. This course provides a comprehensive overview of the concepts underlying agile, the Scrum framework itself and the core responsibilities of the Product Owner: Agile Requirements Management and Planning. The training includes classroom type presentation, interactive exercises and simulations, sample exam questions and in-depth discussions with experienced Scrum practitioners/trainers. Covering all material required for PSPO™ and much more, this course will give you the knowledge needed to pass the online exam and work as an effective Scrum Product Owner.

Who Should Attend?

This course is intended for Product Managers, Product Owners, Project Managers, Business Analysts and Team Leads - those involved in defining and managing requirements and planning Scrum sprints and releases.
For details on the Professional Scrum Product Owner Exam, see

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Define the key agile values, principles and benefits
  • Explain the theory behind Scrum and why it works
  • Describe the Scrum framework including roles, events and artifacts
  • Leverage Scrum to optimise value creation and customer satisfaction
  • Lead Story Writing Workshops to define user stories and acceptance criteria
  • Help the team plan and estimate in an agile environment
  • Run a Release Planning event with your team and project stakeholders
  • Define an effective product backlog covering stories and other work items
  • Steer the Scrum team by providing feedback and support for the evolving software system to maximise productivity and business value

Topics Covered

Introduction to Agile

  • Agile values, principles and practices - managing complexity with empiricism
  • Exercise: The Name Game
  • Business benefits of Agile

The Scrum Framework

  • Roles - ScrumMaster, Product Owner and Developer
  • Timeboxed Events - Sprint Planning, Stand-Up, Review and Retrospective
  • Backlog Refinement/Grooming - a continuous activity
  • Artifacts - Including Backlogs, Definition of Done and Product Increments

The Product Owner role and Responsibilities

  • Product owner role in the four Scrum meetings
  • Product Owner Characteristics and typical responsibilities
  • The Product Owner as Leader - working with the ScrumMaster

Requirements Management in Agile

  • Defining your stakeholders and understanding their needs
    • The Agile Contract - A new way to engage with your customers
  • Product Vision, Epics, User stories, Acceptance Criteria and Spikes
  • Exercise: Defining a Product Vision
  • Specification by Example - using examples to define Acceptance Criteria
  • The INVEST criteria for user stories
  • User stories and acceptance criteria with examples
  • Exercise: defining and refining user stories using a workshop approach
  • Rightsizing Work - Delivering Potentially Releasable Product Increments

Release and Sprint Planning

  • Estimation with Story Points, Planning Poker and Velocity
  • Exercise: Using Planning Poker
  • Effectively managing change with Scrum
  • Prioritising your Backlog to Maximise Value and Minimise Risk
    • Return on Investment, Cost of Delay, Weighted Shortest Job First
  • Defining Product and Release scope
    • Minimum Viable Features & Products
    • Planning and Costing Product Releases in Scrum
  • Tracking progress to scope and schedule in agile projects

Working with Scrum at Scale and across Distributed Organisations

Metrics to track creation and successful delivery of value

PSPO™ Exam Preparation

Exam Tips and Techniques

Recap of the Scrum Framework, the Scrum Guide and the Product Owner Role

Answer, Assess and Discuss Sample Exam Questions