Certified Scrum Product Owner® by James Coplien


It is with great honor and joy that, after a long wait due to the pandemic, we have with us once again, the one and only: James Coplien!

The Code.Learn Certified Scrum Product Owner® program, designed in exclusive collaboration with James Coplien, author of Organizational Patterns and Lean/Agile Process and Architecture Coach, is designed to give aspiring and beginning Scrum Product Owners and team members the foundations of Scrum and Agile practice. Centered on practical exercises, the seminar creates lasting memories and learnings participants can carry over into their team in order to avoid common Agile pitfalls.


A Product Owner embodies the vision for their product, has the final say over product content, and is accountable for the value generated by the product. From this perspective, the Product Owner is the CEO of an autonomous corporation comprising one or more Scrum Teams.

The Product Owner role is not just a retread Product Manager: he or she specifies tests, builds working prototypes, and may also specify wireframes and navigation trees. The Product Owner must ensure that the team understands each imminent product increment to the point of having an Enabling Specification— otherwise, the team gets to make it visible that the specs are inadequate.

Overall, The Product Owner is held accountable for creating value from the product. Great Product Owners can realize immense satisfaction from guiding a product with great value, and by watching their teams respond to their inspirational leadership.


Taking this CSM course and accepting the license agreement designates the participant as a Certified Scrum Product Owner®, which indicates that they have been introduced to and understand the basic concepts they need to perform as a Scrum Product Owner or team member on a Scrum team.

There are no exam requirements for acquiring the CSPO® Certification.

Key Objectives

The key learning objectives of this program can be summarized as follows:

Scrum Introduction

    • Agile
    • The Roles, the Artifacts, and the Events
    • Risk Management

Your Job as a Product Owner

    • Optimizing Value
    • What and When — but not How
    • Backlog Refinement
    • Definition of Ready
    • Sprint Planning
    • Definition of Done
    • Emergency Procedure
    • Sprint Review
    • Sprint Retrospective
    • The PO as Firewall
    • Stakeholder Relationships

The Product Vision

    • The “big vision” and the “operational vision”
    • The roadmap
    • Prototypes
    • Securing funding

Building the Scrum Organization

    • The PO Team
    • The Development Team
    • Hire a ScrumMaster
    • The basic flow of work and process improvement
    • The Meta Scrum

How the Product Backlog Works

    • The Life Cycle of an idea
    • The Product Backlog
    • Relationship with the Dev Team
    • Burn-down Charts
    • Swarming
    • Responsive Deployment
    • The Daily Scrum
    • Sprint Goals, and Sprint Goals as the initial Product Backlog Items
    • Good Product Backlog Items — by example
        • Vision
        • Motivation
        • Consolidation
    • Enabling Specifications
    • The Structure of the Product Backlog
    • Estimation

Running the Business with a Product Backlog

    • Working with Stakeholders
    • The Last Responsible Moment and decision structure matrices
    • The Product Backlog breakdown
    • The Sprint Backlog
    • Defect / emergent requirement escalation: normal and advanced versions
    • Emergency Procedure
    • Fixed-Date PBIs
    • Release Planning
    • Agile Contracts

Kaizen Mind

    • Kaizen Pulse
    • Process Improvement
    • Increasing value versus increasing productivity

Miscellaneous Topics


2 full days (16 hours)

Target Audience

This course is for everyone who wants to learn more about how people work effectively on teams to build things together. Managers will learn how they can support teams, and Project Managers will learn new ways of looking at product development.

Prerequisite Knowledge

No prerequisite knowledge is required.


Sessions will be carried out inside a physical classroom in our premises at:

Code.Hub Training Center
Leof. Alexandras 205, Athina 115 23
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  • DURATION: 16 hours
  • PREMISES: Code.Hub Training Center: Leof. Alexandras 205, Athina 115 23