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Agile Product Owner

Business Analysis as an Agile Product Owner (C-ASPO)
For Government and Public Sector

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The UK CPD Certification Service Accredited

An in-depth Introduction to getting started in a career as an Agile Product Owner.

Our accredited CPD UK Certification courses will give you a comprehensive understanding of Agile Scrum to help you stand out, and position yourself for ongoing success. 

Business Analysis as an Agile Product Owner


Adopting Agile methodologies introduces distinctive challenges and potential advantages for individuals working within government and public sector environments on digital delivery projects, particularly when aligning with the GDS Service Standards. If you are a business analyst or project manager taking on the responsibilities of a Product Owner, you may already understand the intricacies involved in this role. You might be wrestling with queries on seamlessly incorporating Agile principles into your current procedures and harnessing your position as a Product Owner to steer projects towards success.


During this course, you will learn how to write user stories, prioritise the Product Backlog and transform complex business and user-centric needs into deployable solutions.


Designed by Agile coaches with years of practical experience working on GDS Service Standards compliant government and public sector projects; this CPD Certification Service accredited two-day Agile training course workshop combines PowerPoint presentations, real-world exercises, and informal discussions to introduce you to Agile Scrum as a Delivery Method, without the impending pressure of having to pass a formal certification examination.


Previous experience in Agile delivery is not a pre-requisite to attending the course although it is assumed that delegates will have already attended the Agile Scrum as a Delivery Method Primer course or have some understanding of Agile terms.

Who this course is for 

This course is tailored for individuals who currently manage or will soon manage the Product Backlog within an Agile Scrum team, with a dedicated emphasis on adhering to the GDS (Government Digital Service) Service Standards.

Course Agenda


Agile Fundamentals

  • Core principles and values of Agile methodologies.

  • Benefits of Agile for Product Development.


Introduction to the Scrum Framework

  • Scrum Teams: Product Owner, Development Team, Scrum Master). 

  • Scrum Events: Sprint Planning, Daily Scrum, Sprint Review and Sprint Retrospective

  • Scrum Artifacts: Product Backlog, Sprint Backlog, Increment)

  • The Product Owner role and accountabilities within the Scrum Team


Applicability of Scrum

  • Identifying projects where Scrum is a suitable approach.


Introduction to GDS Service Standards

  • Overview of the key principles and their importance for government digital services

  • Alignment with Agile and Scrum values


User Research in alignment with the GDS Service Standards

  • User research and incorporating user needs

  • Writing clear, concise, and user-friendly product content

  • Defining performance metrics aligned with user needs 

  • Accessibility requirements and integration into User Stories

  • Assisted digital needs during product development


Product Vision and Roadmap

  • Defining a clear product vision aligned with user needs and GDS principles

  • Creating a roadmap to achieve the Product Goal


Product Backlog Management

  • Techniques for creating, refining, and prioritising Product Backlog items

  • User Story writing for Scrum, considering GDS accessibility guidelines

  • Backlog grooming practices for ensuring a clear and actionable backlog


Stakeholder Management

  • Strategies for engaging stakeholders throughout the development process.

  • Balancing stakeholder needs with user focus and GDS compliance.


Sprint Planning and Backlog Management

  • Participating effectively in Sprint Planning to define the Sprint Goal and select Product Backlog Items

  • Ensuring the Sprint Backlog prioritises user value and adheres to GDS standards.


Sprint Review (From a Product Owner's Perspective)

  • Preparing and presenting the product increment to stakeholders

  • Gathering feedback and incorporating it into future sprints

  • Aligning Sprint Review with GDS principles - showcasing user-centric value delivered


Sprint Retrospective: Continuous Improvement for Product Owners

  • Identifying areas for improvement in the product development process

  • Implementing changes to optimise the Scrum process for future sprints


GDS Resources for Product Owners

  • Tools and resources available to support GDS compliance 

  • Best practices for integrating GDS standards into your Agile Scrum workflow


Case Studies: Scrum Product Ownership with GDS in Action

  • Real-world examples of successful product ownership within GDS projects.

Service features

- Two-day Agile training course - Classroom or On-Premises - The course uses eCommerce and other - Business Case examples for context - Optional online CPD certification examination - Optional Agile knowledge quiz to help delegates gauge their level of attainment - Online Retrospective feedback to enable continuous course improvements.

Service benefits

- Master the role and accountabilities of a Scrum Product Owner - Strategies for user research and stakeholder management. - Product vision creation that adheres to the GDS Service Standards. - Learn how to manage the Product Backlog (prioritised for GDS and user value) - Practical skills in user story writing, backlog refinement and sprint planning - GDS accessibility and performance requirements. - Understand how to measure and deliver value through Scrum Events

Agile Scrum training in one of our Training Centres: Bracknell, Berkshire or St James's, London

Course Registration & CPD Assessments

Certification Assessment Only

Certification Assessment Only - For existing Agile practitioners with a requirement for official certification

Frequently Asked Questions

How does this course differ from other Agile courses? You will learn the 'How,' not just the 'What'! The course is a deep dive into Agile Scrum as a delivery method, ensuring an understanding beyond just passing the certification assessment. The course has been designed by highly experienced Agile practitioners and coaches with specialist experience working on GDS (Government Digital Service) Service Design Standard projects. You will find that the learning objectives are significantly more detailed than with other Agile courses. Can participants opt out of taking the certification assessment? Yes! During enrolment in the course, you can opt out of taking the assessment. Is the online course quiz optional? Absolutely! You are provided access to the online Agile knowledge quiz that accompanies the course. The quiz will help you to gauge your level of Agile attainment but is entirely optional. Will I receive my certificate as soon as I have the certification assessment? You will initially receive an Assessment Completion report. The report details the certification status: 'Pass' or 'Fail', and includes information on which questions were answered incorrectly. Your certificate is issued two to four weeks after completing and passing the certification assessment. Is CPD certification recognised by employers? Yes! CPD certification is recognised by private and public sector employers. In some government departments it is a valuable way to evaluate the skills of an individual and the quality of the learning activities. Is one CPD Point equivalent to an hour of training? CPD points are units that quantify time, the quality of learning and development activities. You will earn 13 CPD Points after successful completion of the course. If you only take the certification assessment, you will earn CPD points. Will my CPD certificate expire after three years? No! Your certificate will not expire however, best practice suggests you renew your knowledge after three years. You can do this by re-enrolling on the course to ensure your knowledge of Agile as a Delivery Method is up to date. Can I arrive on the same day and register to attend the course? No! You must pre-book your seat.

Disabled Access

Is the training venue accessible to wheelchair users? Yes! Both our training centres in Arlington Square (Bracknell, Berkshire) and St James's Square (London) are wheelchair-user friendly. The car park in Arlington Square has parking bays for Blue-Badge pass holders. There is plenty of street parking in St James' Square. You will need to plan your journey to ensure nearby street parking. Is the training floor flat? Yes! The training room floor in both locations are flat (i.e. not raked). If you have any specific requirements or questions regarding accessibility, please do not hesitate to contact us, we will be happy to assist you further.

Ongoing Support

Email support No Telephone support No Webchat support No Online support No ​ Community Support Yes! We are planning community support. In the third quarter of 2024, delegates who have completed the CPD course certification assessment will receive an exclusive invitation to join our Professional Agile Practitioners’ Group. This distinguished community is hosted on Slack, providing a dynamic and private space for certified professionals to connect, collaborate and thrive. As a member, individuals engage with like-minded Agile practitioners, fostering an environment of continuous learning and knowledge exchange. This unique platform serves as a hub for sharing best Agile practices and knowledge whilst staying abreast of the latest trends in Agile methodologies. Joining this community not only signifies your certification but also opens doors to a network of experienced professionals dedicated to advancing Agile practices. It is not just a certification; it is an ongoing journey of growth and professional excellence within our thriving Agile community.

Training Locations and Facilities

Where are the training centres located?

Our training cenres are located in Bracknell and in London. Click here for more information.

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