Struggling to decide whether to take the ScrumMaster or Product Owner training?
First, know the problem that you’re trying to solve, then let that guide you. The ScrumMaster workshop helps grow a great team that can build a high quality product rapidly. The Product Owner course is all about working with the customers, stakeholders, and development team to determine which product to build.
A simplified explanation of the differences between the courses:
The ScrumMaster (CSM) course is usually the best fit for anyone new to Scrum. CSM is focused on the role of the team and the ScrumMaster. It touches on Product Ownership but only as part of the whole big picture. Some things include: understanding the how and why of Scrum (not just the what), how to design retrospectives that help teams overcome problems, how to coach their team through challenges, and how to coach their Product Owner. Our CSM workshops get attendees from across the spectrum: individual contributor (Developer, Tester, BA), ScrumMaster, Product Owner, traditional Project Managers, mid-level executives, etc.
CSPO focuses on Product Ownership in Scrum and the role of the Product Owner. It digs into how to make Product Ownership a collaborative effort with your development team. Some things include: how to create an effective vision and strategy, why the PO shouldn’t be the one to write User Stories, how to help the team split large User Stories into manageable-sized chunks, and how to help the team focus on delivering a useable product every sprint. The CSPO gets people who want to understand how to build, manage, and maintain an effective product backlog, and/or work with the Product Owner to do so (ScrumMasters, Business Analysts, etc).