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Agile Product Owner Training

Agile Product Owner Training



This hands-on 2-day training taught by Helene Gidley and Thomas Meloche is focused on building the skills and behaviors for creating and maintaining a high-quality Agile backlog. From managing multiple sources of ideas, to balancing competing priorities, to meeting multiple stakeholder expectations, the job of managing a backlog of work is complex. This workshop-focused training gives you the tools and techniques to hone and refine a high-quality agile backlog.


Activities include:


  • A deep dive into into the requirements gathering through creative and successive ideation workshop

  • Fleshing out Personas for existing products and selecting the target persona

  • Building out a story map for the selected persona

  • Story writing workshop for both existing story refinement and new story writing

  • Work prioritization

  • Paper Prototyping

  • Cognitive Walkthroughs of the prototypes to validate assumptions and uncover problems

  • Metrics for tracking product progress

  • Defining a backlog construction and management process for your organization

  • Building testing into story construction

  • Practice pairing


Participant Takeaway:


You will leave with the tools and techniques to refine your product backlog and a defined process for direct implementation on backlog management and earn 14 PDU's or SEU's.




Product Owners, Business Analysts, Quality Assurance, Scrum Masters, Managers


About your trainers:


Helene Gidley, PMP, CSM, is an agile coach and the owner of HSG Consulting LLC where she provides coaching and training to teams navigating their agile journeys. She has over thirty years of experience in the IT industry at Fortune 500, startups, and mid-sized companies bringing broad experience in coaching and training project teams. Helene is the founder of Agile Groupies, a Scrum Alliance Meetup, based in Ann Arbor with over 200 members located in the southeastern Michigan and northern Ohio area, and can be found providing training and speaking at Meetups, Agile & Beyond conferences, and PMI Chapter meetings.


Thomas Meloche
The co-founder of one of the most successful little agile software development houses in the country (Menlo Innovations LLC), Thomas Meloche has been creating, teaching, and implementing agile methodologies for almost two decades. He consults on how to leverage ceremony, feedback, and metrics to achieve higher levels of engagement and success. Now working at some of the world's largest firms, he has overseen the delivery of hundreds of agile projects with budgets counted in the billions.


About our Sponsor TD Ameritrade:


A big shout out to TD Ameritrade for sponsoring this event at their wonderful downtown Ann Arbor location!


$100 Early Bird discount before February 19, 2018

Event Properties

Event Date 04-23-2018 9:00 am
Event End Date 04-24-2018 5:00 pm
Individual Price $785.00
Location TD Ameritrade
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