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International Product Owner Foundation

Steen Lerche-Jensen


This course is the foundation course to become a professional Product Owner. Before you take this course, you have passed the International Scrum Master Foundation, which has taken you through all the fundamental knowledge of the Scrum Method.

The course gives you a deeper understanding of the Task a Product Owner does. It also gives you techniques and methods for becoming a successful Product Owner.

Who should take this course: As this is a foundation course, everyone who is interested in Scrum should take it.

  1. Project leaders: who are interested in the Product or Scrum Master role, will benefit from this course which gives you access to becoming a certified Advanced Product Owner.
  2. Scrum Team members: will also benefit from this course, as it gives you understanding of the job the Product Owner has to perform, and what expectation you as a Scrum Team member should have towards your Product Owner.

The Product Owner represents the interests of the Stakeholder community towards the Scrum Team. The Product Owner is responsible for ensuring clear communication of product or service functionality requirements to the Scrum Team, defining Acceptance Criteria, and ensuring those criteria are met. In other words, the Product Owner is responsible for ensuring that the Scrum Team delivers value.

The Product Owner must always maintain a dual view. He or she must understand and support the needs and interests of all Stakeholders, while also understanding the needs and workings of the Scrum Team. Because the Product Owner must understand the needs and priorities of the Stakeholders, including Customers and users, this role is commonly referred to as the Voice of the Customer.

The Product Owner’s responsibilities in the various Scrum processes and this course will take you through this in more details:


Product Owner Responsibilities

Create Product Vision

  1. Defines the Product Vision

Identify People Requirements

  1. Helps organize Scrum Teams for the project
  2. Identifies Stakeholder(s) and Scrum Master(s)

Form Scrum Team

  1. Helps select Scrum Team members
  2. Helps develop a Collaboration Plan
  3. Helps develop the Team Building Plan with Scrum Master(s)

Develop Epic(s)

  1. Creates Epic(s) and Personas

Create Prioritized Product Backlog

  1. Prioritizes Prioritized Product Backlog Items
  2. Defines Done Criteria

Conduct Release Planning

  1. Creates Release Planning Schedule
  2. Helps determine Length of Sprint

Create User Stories

  1. Helps create User Stories
  2. Defines Acceptance Criteria for every User Story

Approve, Estimate and Commit User Stories

  1. Approves User Stories
  2. Facilitates Scrum Team and commits User Stories

Create Tasks

  1. Explains User Stories to the Scrum Team while creating the Task List

Estimate Tasks

  1. Provides guidance and clarification to the Scrum Team in estimating effort for Tasks

Create Sprint Backlog

  1. Clarifies requirements to the Scrum Team while creating the Sprint Backlog

Create Deliverables

  1. Clarifies business requirements to the Scrum Team

Groom Prioritized Product Backlog 

  1. Grooms the Prioritized Product Backlog

Demonstrate and Validate Sprint

  1. Accepts/Rejects Deliverables
  2. Provides necessary feedback to Scrum Master and Scrum Teams
  3. Updates Release Plan and Prioritized Product Backlog

Ship Deliverables

  1. Helps deploy Product Releases and coordinates this with the Customer

Retrospect Project

  1. Participates in Retrospect Sprint Meetings

Other responsibilities of a Product Owner are:

  1. Determining the project's initial overall requirements and kicking off project activities, this may involve interaction with the Program Product Owner and the Portfolio Product Owner to ensure that the project aligns with direction provided by senior management.
  2. Representing user(s) of the product or service with a thorough understanding of the user community.
  3. Securing the initial and ongoing financial resources for the project.
  4. Focusing on value creation and overall Return on Investment (ROI).
  5. Assessing the viability and ensuring the delivery of the product or service.
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