Published on August 1st, 2019
What does a Scrum Product Owner do? A Certified Scrum Product Owner, or a CSPO, is someone who’s professionally trained by a Certified Scrum Trainer, recognised by the Scrum Alliance.
He is familiar with all the principles of Scrum agile framework, its techniques and practices. He is the key bridge between the clients and the development team.
He is the equivalent of a project manager who is in charge of overseeing the projects and ensuring that the deliverables are according to standard and meet the requirements of the customer.
Therefore, he plays the role of a business analyst and project assessment manager for the clients, business manager, project stakeholder, and process owner for the development team.
The value of a CSPO is not so much in the certification he holds as much as how well he is able to implement those principles in the organisation.
1. Getting Certified As A Scrum Product Owner
There are no major pre-requisites for becoming a CSPO. One should have a working knowledge of Scrum. The certification process is much the same as it is for a ScrumMaster or a Scrum Developer.
You would need to attend a two-day training program with any trainer that is recognised by the Scrum Alliance.
Unlike others though, there are no exams here. Your certification is valid for two years. For renewal, you would need to clock in at least 20 SEUs in the last two years.
2. Career Paths For A CSPO
Beyond mainstream certification, a CSPO equips himself with accurate foresight, better decision-making skills and effective communication with all the stakeholders in the process.
Therefore, the career paths for a certified Scrum Product Owner are not set. Each organisation applies its Scrum Philosophy in a different way.
This just means that the CSPO roles and responsibilities are versatile and there’s a need to adapt to the organisation’s requirements. That being said, there are some career paths that a CSPO would definitely be considered for.
3. Business Analyst
The role of a business analyst is to understand the requirements of a client and communicate with the people who would actually work on the process. However, this role isn’t without its challenges.
Achieving a consensus with the clients regarding what they want and what your team can do requires an understanding of the market, understanding of the capabilities of your team members, the trade-off between the time that is actually required to be invested on the project, and the deadlines that the customer wants it delivered within.
Value of a CSPO is evident in that context where the knowledge learned from the course can be utilised in the versatile business conditions.
4. Project Manager
The line between a business analyst and a project manager is not as fine as people think. Beyond communication with stakeholders, CSPO roles and responsibilities include planning for the project, budgeting resources, bringing in personnel, planning Sprints, encouraging sprint planning among a lot of other duties.
As a project manager, you are in charge of seeing a project to its execution and that’s an important function in the business.
5. Product And Quality Analyst
The original requirements during the initial discussions aren’t all going into the final deliverable. Over the course of meetings, and a lot of discussions, a lot of things unravel in terms of what the team can do, and whether the client is willing to accept the changes.
And if he isn’t, then new proposals as to alternate options come into play. A CSPO negotiates all these and more and once the final product is ready, he needs to act as quality assurance and a product manager as well, to understand whether the final product meets the clients’ requirements or not.
In case it doesn’t, he needs to understand how much of it can still be sold to the client and how much of it needs to be reworked. Therefore, he is the supreme authority over the development team in terms of the deliverable.
6. C-Level Management Officers
The core CSPO roles and responsibilities include effective communication and management with all the people in the organisation and establishing an effective network of interaction so that the process becomes leaner and the model becomes sustainable.
In the end, the quality matched with shorter delivery timelines operated in a sustainable way is the only way to run a profitable business. This is where the value of a CSPO is apparent.
There is no role better suited for this function than at the top of the ship. As a C-Level officer, he’d be in charge of all the duties including building fraternal relationships between all the teams.