The Product Owner in the Lean-Agile Enterprise

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Course Overview

The Product Owner in the Lean-Agile Enterprise blends several technologies together in a breakthrough two-day course that gives the practices the business and entire development team need to define and prioritize and produce business increments of value. Software development is most like product development where most of the work is in discovering what the customer needs and how to build it. This course focuses on how to most efficiently discover those features that will return the highest benefit to the customers of a company.

This course uses SAFe® terminology to maintain consistency with it.  However, it goes beyond the standard SAFe® Product Manager/Product Owner course by continuing the drive from business value that the Product Manager in the Lean-Agile Enterprise course starts with minimum business increments (MBIs). 

This hands-on course helps participants to go through the entire process of defining and prioritizing business requirements based on business value, creating a product backlog representing all work involved, and forecasting and release planning to manage scope and time line to ensure highest business value is produced.

Participants learn to prioritize and decompose work into stories for the team(s) to produce.

Course Objectives: 

The objectives for this course include:

  • Giving business managers of agile projects an understanding of the Lean-Agile process
  • Emphasizing the need for driving agile projects from business needs
  • Defining, prioritizing, and planning business increments based on highest business value
  • Preparing analysts, developers and testers to do Lean-Agile projects
  • Creating a focus in the development team towards delivering high value, high quality software in a sustainable manner

Target Audience:

Primary Audience: 

Business sponsors, managers, Subject Matter Experts and/or individuals responsible for the business success (ROI) of technology projects.

Learning Objectives: 

The learning objectives for this course include:

  • Define the role and responsibilities of a Lean-Agile Product Owner
  • Define and utilize Business Value criteria for prioritization, planning, and decomposing work
  • Learn how to ensure that the highest business value is always focused on and delivered by the team.
  • Compare and contrast the difference between a release and iteration
  • Understand how to manage scope and time line using velocity of the team(s)
  • Understand the mechanics of product backlog management
  • Compare / contrast the difference in writing of the business feature and user story
  • Identify challenges that may impede the flow of work
  • Learn how to plan for and manage dependencies
  • Understand how to write stories to address architecture & analysis over the life of the project
  • Learn how to decompose complex work into small stories for the teams
  • Identify tools and techniques that provide visibility for work in progress
  • Execute decision making using Lean thinking and business value

Any Certifications/PDUs

14 PDUs

Maximum Number in Class

24 (Approximate. Depends upon make up and experience level of team.)
Room Setup and Equipment Needed

Course materials will be provided at the start of the class. Attendees should bring information on their current project. Students sit 4-6 at tables. One flip chart per table and a flip chart or whiteboard for the instructor. A projector with screen.