Product Owner Certifications

There are three roles in a Scrum team: the ScrumMaster, the developer and the product owner. This last role might be the most important for a team that uses an Agile project management approach in software development. The product owner has the responsibility of building and prioritizing the backlog. If this is not done properly, you will just not build the right product. This article presents the certifications available for product owners in Scrum.

Author: Franco Martinig, Methods & Tools, http://www.methodsandtools.com/

Updates
June 20 2016: added IEEE & SAFe certifications

Certifications for product owners in Scrum are mainly provided by the two main Scrum organizations: the Scrum Alliance and Scrum.org. There has been also the creation of certifications provided by other organization like the IEEE Computer Society or the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe).

The training for these certifications is available from training organizations that are accredited by these two certification bodies.

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Certified Scrum Product Owner by the Scrum Alliance

The Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) is a certification provided by the Scrum Alliance. To be certified, you will need to attend a two-day CSPO training course taught by a Certified Scrum Trainer. In this course you will learn how Scrum works and the role of the Product Owner in a Scrum team. The topics covered in this course include managing stakeholders, ROI, grooming the requirements backlog, writing effective user stories, defining acceptance criteria for user stories and the definition of “Done.”

Find more information on http://www.scrumalliance.org/certifications/practitioners/cspo-certification

Professional Scrum Product Owner by Scrum.org

Professional Scrum Product Owner is a certification provided by Scrum.org. There are two levels of certification. The Professional Scrum Product Owner level 1 (PSPO I) assessment is available to anyone who wants to validate their knowledge of the Scrum framework and its ability to support creation and delivery of value. Taking a course is not required. The Professional Scrum Product Owner level 2 (PSPO II) assessment is available to anyone who has passed the PSPO I assessment and wishes to demonstrate his or her ability to apply the Scrum framework to solving complex problems about Product Management in the real world. Anyone attempting the PSPO II needs to have in-depth Scrum and Product Management experience and have taken the Professional Scrum Product Owner course

The Professional Scrum Product Owner (PSPO) training course is a 2-day course on how to maximize the value of software products and systems. The objective of the course is to develop and solidify the understanding of the Product Owner role through instruction and team-based exercises. You will understand thee role responsibilities in delivering a successful product from an Agile perspective on product management. Metrics are identified to track the creation of value and the successful delivery of it to the marketplace. This defines the perspective from which the role of the Product Owner in the Scrum framework is taught.

Find more information on https://www.scrum.org/Courses/Professional-Scrum-Product-Owner

SAFe Product Manager/Product Owner with PMPO Certification

This is a two-day course where you can learn how the roles of Product Manager, Product Owner, Solution Manager, and Epic Owner drive the delivery of value in the SAFe enterprise. This course provides an overview of the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®), the Lean-Agile mindset, and an understanding of how the Product Manager and Product Owner roles operate in the enterprise to drive the delivery of value. By the end of this course, product owner should be able to write Epics, Capabilities, Features, and User Stories within the context of SAFe, and have a solid foundation for managing backlogs and programs in a Lean-Agile enterprise.

Find more information on http://www.scaledagile.com/pmpo/

IEEE Computer Society Scrum Product Owner Certification

The IEEE Computer Society Scrum Product Owner Certification is designed to confirm the applicants’ practical knowledge of Scrum that equips them to understand the business aspects and interact with multiple stakeholders in a Scrum environment. Applicants will be awarded the IEEE Computer Society Scrum Product Owner Certification by the IEEE Computer Society upon successfully passing the certification exam. This certification is for anyone who interfaces with stakeholders or works as a Product Owner in a Scrum Team. There are no formal prerequisites for this certification. However, candidates need to have received some training or experience with Scrum. Suggestions by the web site: “IEEE Computer Society Scrum Developer Certification (or) the IEEE Computer Society Scrum Master Certification.” This seems strange to me…

Find more information on https://www.computer.org/web/education/scrum-product-owner

Scrum Product Owner Accredited Certification by the International Scrum Institute

The Scrum Product Owner Accredited Certification is a certification program provided by the International Scrum Institute. According to the web site ” Scrum Product Owner Accredited Certification Program is a multiple-choice online test examination in which you can participate from your own PC from anywhere around the world. The test contains 50 questions and you have 60 minutes in a single session to answer all of the questions. Test and certification cost in total USD 29. No other hidden costs or fees involved. In order to pass the examination and to obtain your Scrum Product Owner Accredited Certification you need to correctly answer at least 60% of the questions. Examination success rate is 98%”. You might think that this is a joke, but the web site seems to take it very seriously.

Find more information on http://www.scrum-institute.org/Scrum_Product_Owner_Accredited_Certification_Program.php

Further reading for Product Owners

* Agile Product Management with Scrum, Roman Pichler, Addison-Wesley
* User Stories Applied: For Agile Software Development, Mike Cohn, Addison-Wesley
* Discover to Deliver – Agile Product Planning and Analysis, Ellen Gottesdiener and Mary Gorman, EBG Consulting
* Agile Software Requirements, Dean Leffingwell, Addison-Wesley
* Scrum Product Ownership: Balancing Value from the Inside Out, Robert Galen, RGCG, LLC

* Confessions of a Serial Product Owner, free download from http://www.devagile.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=346

About the Author

Franco Martinig is the editor of Methods & Tools a free PDF magazine providing expert knowledge about all software development topics, including Agile approaches, requirements management and software project management.

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1 Comment on Product Owner Certifications

  1. Some of these certifications are really laughable, but even some of the serious one, like the Scrum, make me laugh with how easily and without proper experience you can achieve them ;o(

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