Obtaining CSPO Certification

On the way to becoming a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) (and training CSPOs) holding the CSPO Certification oneself is mandatory. So I recently participated in a really good Certified Scrum Product Owner Training® (CSPO) in Berlin. The course was organized by KnowledgeHut and hosted by Marco Mulder, Certified Scrum Trainer and Enterprise Coach.  Covering the complete curriculum he not only made this training a Scrum project, he also succeeded in highly engaging both starters and experienced practitioners.

The course agenda does not vary from the agenda of my workshop for Product Owners and stakeholders. A strong encouragement to further pursue the path of becoming a CST.

Following my approach from the Global Scrum Gathering Dublin 2017 I again scribbled notes throughout the training, taking a protocol of the “agenda”, practicing my drawing skills and of course memorizing some of the most noteworthy points.

Course outline:

  • Origins of Agile
  • Product Backlog Creation
  • Scrum
  • Roles
  • Product Vision & Story Mapping
  • Sprints
  • Backlogs
  • Scaling to more teams

Here are my scribbles:

Becoming CSPO

Becoming CSPO

Becoming CSPO

Becoming CSPOOver the course of the two days a lot of questions had been asked. Some of them were not covered by the agenda and took us on a little detour:

  • Stakeholders interfering with the Sprint (side requests)
  • Big team in grooming meetings and whether a split would be recommended
  • How to deal with “non-value” efforts? (I.e. track velocity for bugs?)
  • Breaking down stories bigger than 1, 2, 3, 5, 8 (or just limiting the scale)
  • Dependencies on other teams

In future posts I will go into detail on the questions. I was happy to see that I could answer all of them.

Robert Kalweit
Agile Coach and If-need-be Project Manager
Certified ScrumMaster, Scrum Product Owner and Scrum Professional. If-need-be Project Manager with 10 years experience in complex projects with a teamsize of 3 to 10 developers. Agile Coaches Team Lead, thus coaching coaches and shaping processes for an organization of 100+ engineers. Having both perseverance and the willingness to compromise I know how to use my excellent organizational skills to lead teams to high productivity. An agile mindset helps me to execute tasks efficiently and on time and even more important: With personal heartiness.

* I had a big share in organizing companies’ overall team structure and established agile in most of those teams.

* Working in an agency and collaborating closely with clients on small to large development- and design-only projects honed my project management experience.

* Leading a team of Agile Coaches not only helped me find my own leadership style, but sharpened my eye for team members’ and my own potential for personal improvement.

Special skills: Scrum, Process Management, Establishing the basic conditions for productive work in teams, Product Management

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