A-CSPO® or Advanced Certified Scrum Product Owner is the next step on your learning journey after you earned your CSPO. Through the course you will improve your skills as a Product Owner in the areas of PO Core Competencies, purpose and strategy, empathizing with customers and users, product assumption validation, techniques for working with the product backlog and much more.
These are the actual certification courses. You do the course work and submit the assignments and attend the live sessions. When you are all done we will submit your certification.
The assignments included in the respective course will validate your learning so there are no additional official tests to pass to be certified.
Yes, you have to have a CSPO® on file to process the A-CSPO®. Once the A-CSPO® is processed we can then move forward with CSP-PO®. You have enough experience but you also need to update your profile with Scrum Alliance including your work history AND – on your job entry there is a checkbox at the bottom that says PATH TO CSP – you need to check that box and enter your Scrum experience there in order for the certifications to process.
People who work diligently generally finish the individual courses in 4-6 weeks. It’s self-paced so it depends on how diligently you work. I have mentoring sessions weekly twice a week and a minimum of 4 are required to complete the course work.
The learning experience goes deeper since there is no time constraint. This gives you time to practice what you learned with your team before trying to grasp another concept. This way helps you retain more of the learning you gain. Also, 8 hours live with a qualified mentor where you can bring the problems and challenges you are having in your real world and get help. Also, it includes up to 8 hours of live mentoring sessions with a qualified mentor where you can bring the problems and challenges you are having in your real world to get help.
Due to technical limitations, all courses listed on the SA website show as two-day course. However, this course is self paced and the live mentoring sessions are scheduled by you as best fits your schedule. So, you can start the coursework immediately and meet with your mentor as soon as you are ready.
During live mentoring sessions, the group builds the backlog of topics to discuss. Please come prepared with any questions, challenges, or situations you would like thought partnership and mentoring for.
Yes, there are mentoring sessions options that work for all timezones worldwide.
The learning objectives for the A-CSPO class fall into 5 broad categories as described below:
1.1. illustrate why Product Ownership is important for you.1.2. reflect on the mindset and actions to be successful as a Product Owner.
1.3. demonstrate at least three techniques to interact with stakeholders over multiple Sprints.1.4. describe two examples when the Product Owner should not act as the facilitator for the stakeholders.1.5. demonstrate at least three facilitative listening techniques.1.6. demonstrate the use of at least two alternatives to open discussion.1.7. describe at least three ways to facilitate a final decision with stakeholders.
1.8. explain why the Product Owner should be cautious about accumulating technical debt.1.9. list at least three ways technical practices may help Scrum Teams deliver a high-quality Product Increment and reduce technical debt each Sprint.1.10. describe at least three examples in which the Product Owner collaborates with the Development Team to maximize the flow of value.
1.11. recognize at least two approaches to scaling Scrum.1.12. identify at least two techniques for visualizing, managing, or reducing dependencies.1.13. describe at least three benefits and drawbacks of feature teams and component teams.
2.1. discuss a real-world example of how product strategy is operationalized and evolves over time in an Agile organization.2.2. practice at least two approaches to identify purpose or define strategy.
2.3. create a product plan or forecast with stakeholders.2.4. practice at least one technique to visualize and communicate product strategy, product ideas, features, and/or assumptions.
3.1. use one technique to connect teams directly to customers and users.3.2. practice at least two techniques of product discovery.
4.1. list two cognitive biases that may impact the Product Owner’s capability to effectively deliver business value.4.2. appraise how effectively the Sprint Review is used to inspect and adapt based on the Product
4.3. compare at least two approaches to validating assumptions.4.4. experiment with at least one approach to incorporate validating assumptions into the Scrum framework.4.5. develop at least two hypotheses for a target customer.4.6. create a plan to test at least one hypothesis.
5.1. describe one benefit of maximizing outcomes and impact while minimizing output.
5.2. use at least two techniques to model value and at least two techniques to measure value.
5.3. debate at least three techniques to order a Product Backlog.5.4. apply at least two techniques to organize and filter a Product Backlog to link to product goals or strategy.
5.5. illustrate how the Product Owner can ensure that enough Product Backlog items are “ready” for the upcoming Sprint.5.6. integrate feedback from at least three sources to generate and order Product Backlog items.5.7. assess the Product Backlog Refinement and identify at least three ways to improve.
This class does include some of the foundational agile understanding that you need as a Certified Agile Coach. These Certifications are competency, experience, and knowledge based. Thus, no program in isolation will contain everything you need to accomplish to meet these goals.
You must have at least one year of agile experience reflected on your Scrum Alliance Profile Work History. You must have an active CSPO®. And of course, you must finish all coursework in your A-CSPO® class.
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