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.