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Product Owners FAQ’s

Would you recommend the CSPO course for entrepreneurs?

Yes. If you are interested in building a new product or service, Scrum and the product owner courses are great for that line of thinking. If you work in complex environments where the product or solut…

How do I progress as a Product Owner?

The product owner role is a dynamic and collaborative role within a scrum environment. You will find that you are learning every single day and the interactions and engagements you have with others wi…

Do companies invest in CSPO courses?

Very much so. We find a blend of private in-house training as well as individuals attending our public training courses via the company’s training budget. Sometimes, a company will have 12 or more peo…

Is the CSPO course theoretical or practical?

It’s a blend of both. We need to introduce aspiring product owners to Scrum theory and the scrum framework. Much of day one focuses on bringing it all together from a scrum perspective so that product…

How long is the CSPO course and how is it configured?

The Scrum Alliance require a minimum of 16 hours of training to award the Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) certification. At Agile Centre, work on two separate configurations of the CSPO course. F…

Are there different CSPO certifications and how do they differ?

There are multiple product owner courses you can attend but only one CSPO (Certified Scrum Product Owner) course. The CSPO course has been developed and nurtured by the Scrum Alliance. It is internati…

What would be a good certification path for a product owner?

The Certified Scrum Product Owner course is a great place to start. It is the entry-level course that introduces you to the scrum framework and helps you understand the purpose of the events, the role…

Do I get textbooks and course materials as part of my CSPO course?

Yes, you do. On the in-person courses, you will receive an Agile Centre workbook that contains all the curriculum for the Certified Scrum Product Owner course. For the online courses, you will receive…

How well does the CSPO course prepare you to be a product owner?

It prepares you very well. It is a 2-day course so you won’t be in the sphere of mastery, but you will be in a position where you understand Scrum and understand the role of a product owner within a s…

What do you need to know before signing up for the CSPO course?

The Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) course is an entry-level scrum course that doesn’t require you to have any previous scrum or project management experience. Everything you need to know will be…

How well recognised and respected is the CSPO course?

The Scrum Alliance CSPO course is one of the oldest and most widely recognised product owner courses available. Developed in conjunction with Certified Scrum Trainers, the Certified Scrum Product Owne…

What will you learn on a CSPO course?

You’ll learn about the fundamentals of Scrum. The roles. The events. The artefacts. You’ll learn how it all combines into an effective vehicle for creating new products and solving compelling problems…

Will I be able to lead product development after a CSPO course?

It depends on what you mean by lead. You won’t be able to tell people how to do their jobs and you won’t be able to tell people what to do. That is more in the domain of project management than produc…

What is a Certified Scrum Product Owner?

A Certified Scrum Product Owner is someone who has attended the Scrum Alliance CSPO course and achieved the product owner certification. What does that mean? It means that they are prepared for the ro…

Do entrepreneurs make great product owners?

It depends. A successful entrepreneur is an individual who has an idea for a product or service that will solve a customer problem or create a perceived gain in value for the customer. Entrepreneurs u…

How does a product owner integrate into a marketing team?

A product owner is the CEO of the product. They know the vision, mission and purpose of the product and they know what the product is and why it exists. A marketing team have the skills necessary to d…

Do product owners interact and engage with project stakeholders?

Scrum speaks to product rather than project, but yes, a product owner would engage and interact with product and project stakeholders across the organisation. As a product owner, you are making decisi…

Do product owners attend daily scrums?

It isn’t a requirement as defined by the scrum guide but it is an awesome opportunity for product owners to gain valuable insights into the product development process. A daily scrum is designed for t…

How will I know if the product owner role is a great fit for me?

The best way to find out is to immerse yourself in the role and give it a go. It is a unique role within the business world. The closest I’ve seen to this role is a product manager, except within the …

What are great traits of a product owner?

4 traits stand out for me as being super valuable for an effective product owner. Available This might seem strange but it’s incredibly important that a product owner is available to their team. A dev…

Can you create a product owner role in a company that doesn’t use Scrum?

Yes, you can. Agile purists will spend hours debating whether it is genuinely a product owner role or not if the rest of the team isn’t using Scrum to build that product but that is a matter of semant…

Do you need to be a developer to be a product owner for a software company?

No, you don’t. The Good It can be super helpful if you are a developer transitioning into a product owner role and have a great deal of experience building software products. You’re able to connect wi…

What do product owners do?

A great product owner acts as the CEO of a product. They are also the glue that binds the scrum team and product stakeholders together with the objective of creating the most valuable product, service…

What are career opportunities for product owners?

A product owner could be the glue that binds a small product development team together or they could be the CEO of a valuable start-up that is disrupting major organisations. The sky truly is the limi…

Are there different levels of seniority for product owners?

The Scrum Guide makes provision for the role of a product owner. It doesn’t specify seniority, nor does it make provision for a hierarchy. A product owner is a product owner. That said, there will alw…

Do project managers traditionally make great Product Owners?

Yes, they do. Although it can require a shift in perception and focus. The Pros Project Managers have great skill sets. They work closely with stakeholders, are great at communications, and excel in m…

Is the product owner role a great fit for people in creative industries?

Yes, it is. The creative industries, from software development through to design and engineering, often focus on creating products and services that have never existed before. Often, they are solving …

How does a product owner integrate into a Scrum Team?

A scrum team consists of a Scrum Master, a Product Owner, and a team of developers. Outside of software environments, developers are the people who do the work. From content creators to writers throug…

Do you need project management experience to be a product owner?

No, you do not need project management experience to become a product owner. A product owner is like the CEO of the product. They work with elements such as product scope, cost management, risk manage…

Is a product owner a member of the development team?

They can be. In start-up environments, they often are. The CEO or founder has an idea and then sets about creating the product or service in alignment with their vision and mission for the product. In…

How is a product owner different from a project manager?

They are vastly different roles. A project manager is primarily concerned with the delivery of products within a predetermined time frame. A product owner is primarily concerned that the right product…

How is a product owner different to a product manager?

Often, a product owner is a product manager. It is the role that differs rather than the title. A common misconception is that a Product Manager is outward looking whilst a product owner is internal. …

Should I do the CSM or the CSPO course?

Ideally, you would do both. To summarise, if you have anything to do with product development or product management, then the Certified Scrum Product Owner course would be a great fit for you. If you …

What is a Scrum Team?

A Scrum Team is a complex problem-solving unit comprised of three roles. Scrum Master Product Owner Development Team A few people. Ideally 5 to 7 people but it can be as high as 10 people on the upper…

What is the Agile Manifesto?

In February 2001, seventeen (17) individuals – considered to be some of the brightest minds in software engineering and product development – met at a ski resort known as Snowbird in Utah,…

What is the difference between a Scrum Master and a Product Owner?

The difference between a Scrum Master and a Product Owner really boils down to their focus. A product owner thinks about the customer, represents the customer, and makes sure that the customer’s probl…

Do Senior Users Make Good Product Owners?

Few people would disagree that the Product Owner is a critical role in agile teams. That means that organisations often want to ensure that the product owner is as effective as possible – and th…