Certified Scrum Product Owner

Starting Your Journey to Product Excellence

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The Certified Scrum Product Owner® (CSPO) was the world's first agile cert for product development. The Grow-Lean CSPO covers Product Owner (PO) behaviors, actions, and activities through the lens of the Scrum Framework. If you want to expedite your journey towards evidence-based product development, where data, not emotion, drives decisions, take a CSPO session. Our session is 100% hands-on, with zero slides, and it is an actual product development course, as compared to the requirements workshop offered by others.

David Bulkin has been an agilist for just under 23 years starting with eBanking in 2001. He has has personally trained and certified over 12,000 individuals with the Scrum Alliance. David continues to build software, as part of an agile team, playing various roles, at different times, including PO. As a result, his training is reality based, powerful and practical.

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Key Details

A unique CSPO course taught by a highly engaging agile product management expert

Live and Interactive

Participate in an in-depth, hands-on, 100% live workshop with no slides and no PowerPoint. Improve your product development via excercises and scenarios, going from high level concept down to build ready details.

Along the way learn about the Story Mapping, Story Writing, Shift Left Testing, and other conceptual tools that all Product Owners should know.

Scrum from a PO Perspective

There are many Product Owner sessions that are delivered by trainers who have either never done, or have not recently been involved in, agile product development. So, if you want a Certified ScrumMaster packaged as a CSPO you have many options. If you want a deep course on actual agile product development, choose Grow-Lean.

We cover Scrum, but from the perspective of a PO, and we go well beyond the Scrum guide to help you apply techniques fit for your context.

Hands on and Deep

In this session you learn by doing. We will spend a considerable amount of time creating a Positioning Statement, Lean Canvas, Story Map, and Stories, for a realistic scenario.

We will also do exercises like the one shown where learn via a small case study.

As a result, you leave ready to apply what you have learned.

Based on 48+ Years Agile Experience

This live online workshop is based a collaboration of Arlen Bankston and David Bulkin, who combined, have just short of 50 years of agile product development experience. Both have trained thousands on agile product development, meaning, you get an authentic, quality, learning experience.

Session Schedule

Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO)

Two 8-hour sessions - Live Online
Trainer: David Bulkin

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
USD 995
Live Online / Virtual
valid till 20 Jun
David Bulkin
$83 a month
9:00 AM (EDT)
5:00 PM (EDT)
995 USD
valid till 20 Jun
Want to bring a training to your team or organization?
Contact us to discuss options for private workshops.

Training Discounts

A variety of discounts to fit your situation.

Request your discount on the session (a class on date/time with a trainer) you want. If more than one discount applies explain in your comments.

You can pay in up to 12 installments by choosing Splitit at checkout.

For Grow-Lean Alumni, log in or use your account email when registering, and receive an automatic discount. If you also qualify for another discount, request it, and, if your email matches, we know you are an alumni.

If you have a Visa or Mastercard credit card you can pay in up to 12 monthly installments. There are no fees or interest if you pay on time! Your available credit must be enough to cover the full cost and there is a hold on your credit card for the amount that you have not paid.

For example, if your final fee is $1,000 and you chose 10 installments:

  • You would pay $100 today and have a $900 hold placed on your credit card.
  • The following month your credit card would be charged another $100 and the hold would be reduced to $800.
  • Each month you pay $100 and each month the hold is reduced by $100.

If you are not familiar with the term "hold" this is similar to what hotels do when you check in, to cover extra expenses you may incur including the mini bar.

The benefit to you is that you do not pay any interest or fees if all payments are on time.

Find Session

Find the session you want on the class list, then click "Discounts" link. Early-bird discounts do not need to be requested.

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Choose the appropriate discount then click the link for it. Not all discounts are available for all sessions.

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Early Bird
Early Bird

Combines With: Everything

Able to register in advance?

The Early Bird discount is available on many of classes.

There is no need to request it. Simply register while it is available.

If you receive another discount it will combine with the Early Bird.

Out of Pocket
Out of Pocket

Combines With: Alumni, Early Bird

Paying yourself and won't be reimbursed?

The Out of Pocket is for you if you won't be reimbursed. If you are unemployed, a military veteran, or a student request the appropriate discount.

Choose a specific session (class on a date with a trainer), click on Discounts, and complete the request form. If you are not sure of the date, choose a session and explain in the comments.

Group & Private
Group & Private

Combines With: Early Bird

Bringing friends or colleagues to one or more sessions or want a private session?

The Group and Private Discounts are for sending three or more attendees to one or more events or for private events (i.e. just for your team).

To request, choose a session (class on a date with a trainer) you are interested in, click the Discount Link, and when filling out the form describe your situation.

Our Training Team will reach out to you.


Combines With: Early Bird, Hardship, Out of Pocket, Student, Veteran

Get 5% off for each public session, over $495, you took with us, up to 20%.

The Alumni Discount provides you discounted rates to future Grow-Lean training.

For each Grow-Lean session* you take with us, at a rate of $495 or above, you accumulate another 5% off of a future training, up to 20% off*.

* We have a small number of partner events where the alumni discount does not apply.


Combines With: Early Bird, Alumni

Suffering an economic hardship and able to provide an unemployment notice or separation agreement?

The Hardship Discount is for you if you are suffering an economic hardship and are able to provide an unemployment notice or separation agreement and are not being reimbursed.

Choose a specific session (class on a date with a trainer), click on Discounts, and complete the request form. If you are not sure of the date, choose a session and explain in the comments.

Student & Educator
Student & Educator

Combines With: Early Bird

Are you a full-time student or educator, with a .edu email address?

The Student Discount is for you if you are a full-time student or educator with a .edu email address.

Choose a specific session (class on a date with a trainer), click on Discounts, and complete the request form. If you are not sure of the date, choose a session and explain in the comments.

When completing the request tell us your major and expected graduation date or explain what you teach and where.

Military & Veteran
Military & Veteran

Combines With: Early Bird

Are you active duty military or a veteran?

The Military / Veteran Discount is applicable if you are active duty, reserve, or retired from the military.

Choose a specific session (class on a date with a trainer), click on Discounts, and complete the request form. If you are not sure of the date, choose a session and explain in the comments.

When completing the request tell us if you will be reimbursed or not.

Have a Visa or Mastercard Credit Card?
Pay in up to 12 installments by choosing Splitit at checkout.
You pay zero interest!

David Bulkin

Scrum Alliance: CST | CSP-SM | CSP-PO | CAL 1 | SAFe | SPC | PMI: PMI-ACP

David Bulkin is a managing director and head of training services at Grow-Lean. He assists teams as a coach / mentor; delivers training, and builds product. He has trained 20,000 students, and impacted thousands via public speaking and coaching. Unlike many trainer/coaches, he continues to build systems.

David delivers training, including the CSM, A-CSM, CSPO and A-CSPO courses; and has trained over 20,000 students with over 10,000 of them being with the Scrum Alliance.

David mentors and coaches teams and individuals.

He does all of this while actively building software, filling various roles at different times, including designing, coding, testing, PO and Scrum Master (think about that, someone who does what they teach).

David's commitment to helping others, combined with his continued work as a team member, positions him to deliver practical perspective that will help you boost your career.

David's thought leadership in 2009 on progressive elaboration for agile requirements influenced what is now known as refinement (entering Scrum in 2011). David has successfully applied agile to manufacturing, marketing, sales, finance, and other areas outside of IT. He was an independent reviewer of the original PMI-ACP body of knowledge that fed the creation of the PMI-ACP Exam and has worked on the exam questions for the Certified Scrum Master Exam. David’s broad background ensures you are getting up-to-date ideas to apply.

David is an industry veteran with 40 years of product development experience. In 2001, David's eBanking Team at JP Morgan Chase implemented agile with Kent Beck, the Father of Extreme Programming (XP), and perhaps also Agile, was the team coach. In addition to eBanking, David was also responsible for Online Account Opening, Insurance and Retirement Services.

David's deep experience, his high energy level, and his continued hands-on work helps David stays practical and level headed. He is able to understand your needs so you benefit from his experience.

Arlen Bankston


Arlen Bankston, a pioneering figure in the agile movement, was one of the first to integrate lean systems thinking and user experience practices with agile software development methodologies. His innovative approach has left a lasting impact on the field.

Currently, Arlen is a sought-after coach and trainer, specializing in advanced courses such as the Advanced CSPO, Certified Scrum Professional PO, Certified Scrum Professional - ScrumMaster, Certified Agile Leadership Essentials and Team, as well as custom sessions including the Grow-Lean Remote and Hybrid Work. His expertise extends beyond the realm of software, exploring Lean, Six Sigma, BPM and other process management and systems thinking approaches to provide organizations with a comprehensive perspective.

Arlen's journey in the agile world began with his early involvement in the Scrum Alliance (member number 41) and as one of the first Certified Scrum Trainers . He further expanded his knowledge by becoming a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt during his six-year tenure leading a Lean-Agile practice. His entrepreneurial spirit led him to co-found the consultancy LitheSpeed, which he successfully led for fifteen years before joining Grow-Lean.

Known for his thought leadership and dynamic, entertaining, and practical training style, Arlen has trained and mentored thousands of ScrumMasters, Product Owners, team members and executives. He designed the Agile Leadership Academy to address the leadership and structural challenges that many successful companies still face.

Arlen's client list spans across every industry and includes notable names such as RBC, Monster, Marriott, NBC Universal, CNBC, NGA, Capital One, T. Rowe Price, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae and the Armed Forces Benefits Association. His book “HR and the Agile Organization” provides valuable insights on how human resources departments can adapt to support organizations striving for adaptability while enhancing employee engagement and retention.


Core Topic Areas

The class is highly interactive being driven by exercises and simulation. There are no slides, no videos and everything is live and interactive.

Earning Your Certification

The Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO)

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At present there is no examination required to achieve the Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) Certification. Taking the session earns your CSPO if you participate in at least 14 hours of class time.

Grow-Lean covers the certification fees and you receive two years of Scrum Alliance Membership.

The certification will help differentiate you , but more importantly the learning will allow you to interview with more confidence and apply core product development techniques in the work place.

The CSPO also allows you to pursue the Advanced Certified Scrum Product Owner (A-CSPO) and Certified Scrum Professional Product Owner (CSP-PO) certification, to complete the Path to CSP. Grow-Lean offers both of these sessions so you can take advantage of your alumni discount.

What You Get

Everything you need to become a CSPO with no hidden costs.

Live On-Line Training
Fully live and interactive. Many other classes use canned videos. You can use YouTube for that!
Certification Fees
All fees to get you certified are covered. There are no additional or surprise charges.
Two Year Scrum Alliance Membership
You receive a two-year membership with the Scrum Alliance which gives you access to member-only content and discounted access to Scrum Gathering events.
Alumni Discount
Take one training of $500 or more and get 5% off, two get 10% off, three get 15%, all the way up to 25% off.
Get 16 Project Management Institute (PMI) Professional Development Units (PDUs) to help meet your PMI continuing education requirements.

Job Prospects for Product Owners

The job market is volatile now, but in the long termProduct Owner / Product Manager jobs will continue to grow, and the salaries for them will likely be generous

Companies with Top Product Owner Salaries

Product Owner Title Variations

Countries with Top Product Owner Salaries

Frequently Asked Questions About Product Owner Positions and Salaries

How are job prospects now with the uncertainly in the economy?
At the time of this writing in June of 2024, many organizations—especially those that grew rapidly over the last few years—are reducing headcount. Fortunately, individuals with strong product development skills continue to find exciting roles, often at growing small and mid-size companies. Taking this session should position you well and propel your career forward if you are wiling to continue to do hard work outside of the classroom.
What is the difference between Product Owner and Product Manager and how does that impact salary?
Terminology varies widely. In some organizations, a Product Manager may be more senior than a Product Owner and thus earn more. In other organizations, especially those who have adopted agile, there may only be a Product Owner. To complicate matters even more, the terms are Product Manager and Product Owner are often synonyms, meaning different words, same thing.

Glad we could clear that up : )
Will taking the class get me a job as a Product Owner?
Taking this class will not guarantee you a position, but it will increase the probability of getting an interview.

Our sessions provide you both a conceptual understanding as well as practical take-aways as our trainers have deep experience in the field. The probability of receiving a job offer depends on your background and willingness to continue to work hard outside of the class room.
These salaries seem high, are they achievable for me?
The sample salaries across companies were obtained from Indeed.com on 29-May-2022. Many Product Owners work in Information Technology (IT) and IT jobs are generally well compensated. Realistically you should not expect to start at the high end of the range unless you have deep, salient experience and knowledge.

Top Benefits Afforded to Product Owners

  • 401(k) with match
  • AD&D insurance
  • Adoption assistance
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Employee stock purchase plan
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • On-site gym
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Referral program
  • Retirement plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance
  • Work from home
PO Benefits and High Compensation Companies from https://www.indeed.com/career/product-owner/salaries?from=top_sb#common-benefits

Upgrade and Expand Your Agile Toolbox

Go beyond basic and learn new mental models and approaches.

The Product Owner role is a critical and challenging position. The role of the PO is often misunderstood and it can be difficult to navigate because all of the mis-information in the market.

Fortunately, our CSPO offers tried-and-true methods to help you overcome challenges. You will have a better understanding of the role and be equipped with practical tools to help you succeed.

Grow Your System from the Bottom Up

Define what to build based on what we learn.

  • Novice PO: generate requirements largely by yourself based on your understanding.
  • Advanced Beginner: elicit and gather requirements from experts.
  • Competent: elicit and gather requirements from experts, developers and other stakeholders.
  • Effective: Lead your team and stakeholders through collaborative learning loops, building, and discovering what to build next together.
Determine Why, What, When, Done

As an effective PO, you delegate the "How", and collaboratively define...

  • Why: clarify the vision and measurable goals.
  • What: collaboratively and iteratively define the functionality.
  • When: prioritize on value, including for the business, for users, and to grow learning).
  • Done: determine when stories, features and releases are complete.
Create Feedback Cycles

Create short cycles where items most likely to increase company ROI, add value for the customer, and maximize learning are built and rapidly and released. This....

  • Generate data which is interpreted by the PO.
  • Generate learning from the data.
  • Adjust plans based on what was learning.
  • Maximizes value by continuing to inspect and adapt.

Certified Scrum Product Owner Journey

Steps to Improve Your Career with a Certified Scrum Product Owner Certification

  1. Choose a trainer has actual deep experience as a PO. Arlen and David both have significant experience in product development.
  2. Register for the session with a reputable company; choose Grow-Lean.
  3. Use our pre-reads and practice quizzes to prepare.
  4. Attend a lively, Powerpoint free, hands on session.
  5. Login from the link sent in the email.
  6. Accept your license with Scrum Alliance.
  7. Experience career growth.

Pre-Class Reading and Videos

Maximize your learning with preparation

Pre-reading for the your Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Product Owner training.
If you have time prior to the session, you can prepare by reviewing the free reading material and videos.
  • Start with a short read, the Agile Manifesto and the principles behind it.
  • Read the Scrum Guide. It is 13 light pages.
  • Have some more time, watch the videos on Scrum.
  • Even more time, check the Certified Scrum Product Owner specific material.
Don't let your voice get drowned-out in a large 50 person class.
Choose Grow-Lean for a small class, personal experience, where you voice is heard?

Why Choose This Session?

Because you get deep, real learning in an interactive environment.

  • Get an experienced trainer.
  • Receive a great value CSPO training.
  • Participate in deep discussions.
  • Benefit from a 100% live session (beware of offline variants).
  • Learn from case studies and real-life examples.
  • Everything covered with no hidden cost.
  • Receive meaningful answers to questions.
  • Have fun and enjoy the session.

Why Choose Grow-Lean?

Longest tenured trainers, smaller classes and higher quality.

  • Small group of elite, experienced, experts.
  • The highest quality for a fair price.
  • Caring customer support before and after training.
  • Interactive class experience.
  • Everything is included. No hidden fees!
  • Trainers are practitioners, not talking heads!
  • Unique exercises, templates and approaches.
  • Small class size so you get personal attention.

Everything Included

No Nasty Surprises!

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Be careful of the company you pick. With Grow-Lean everything is covered including the certification fees, five practice exams a free class retake (within 120 days), 1 - on - 1 time with your trainers and you receive additional discounts off of your next session, including the Advanced Scrum Product Owner (A-CSPO).

There are no surprise costs when you register or accept your license and we have a user friendly transfer and cancellation policy.

Practice Quizzes?

There is no exam, but the quizzes reinforce learnings

There is no exam for your certification, but you can still get significant benefit from our practice quizzes as they help ensure you know the basics so your classroom experience can focus on the big picture.

  • The practice quizzes are active learning that increases retention.
  • They apply what cognitive science calls retrieval practice.
  • Retrieval practice makes learning challenging which helps you remember the material.

If you have time prior to the session use them as a refresher. Or perhaps, during the session you notice some weak spots and review the quizzes post class to fill in the knowledge gaps.

Immersive Classroom Experience

A mix of technologies and interactive approaches

For both virtual an in person events, we keep the training interactive.

  • Virtual: We use Zoom as the core virtual technology and we use Mural as virtual space where we run exercises, and play educational games, resulting in an interactive session.
  • In Person: We use a number of exercise in person events. We also use additional technologies such as Mural, Miro or Google Docs as a virtual white board to keep the session interactive.

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