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Knowing Your CSMs from Your CSPOs

Agile experts think great product owners act as entrepreneurs for their product. Product owners and entrepreneurs have a major thing in common – they strive to keep both stakeholders and users happy by: Recognizing improvement opportunities Focusing on business value Proactively mitigating risk However, without strong support from a scrum master, a product owner will […]

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March 12, 2019

Agile experts think great product owners act as entrepreneurs for their product. Product owners and entrepreneurs have a major thing in common – they strive to keep both stakeholders and users happy by:

However, without strong support from a scrum master, a product owner will find it difficult to focus on being an entrepreneur for their product. Since both roles are equally valuable, you’re probably questioning which class to take – we’ve got the answers to your questions below!

Is there really a difference between CSM and CSPO?

Take a look at the general descriptions and see for yourself!

CSM Course and Certification: The Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) training class provides students a full immersion into Agile principles and the concepts and practices that define the Scrum framework. The class dives into each role within the Scrum team to ensure an overall understanding of how a Scrum team works.

CSPO Course and Certification: The Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) training class provides an understanding of how Scrum transforms initial concepts and goals into a Product Backlog and user stories, which are ultimately developed into project deliverables. The class delves into creating requirements in an Agile environment, effective prioritization, long-term and short-term planning and providing vision.

If you want to better understand the key differences between the CSM and the CSPO classes, check out our CSM vs CSPO comparison guide and decide for yourself which class goals you align with.

So, which one do I choose?

The answer to this question depends on your situation.

Get your CSM certification if you:

Get your CSPO certification if you:

Or, better yet, why not get both?

In the end, it really is a personal preference based on what you want to accomplish; maybe learning both perspectives will transform you into a well-rounded Agilist. Whichever direction you go in, you will be receiving a highly-regarded certification that is recognized by all in the industry.

The Scrum Alliance uses Registered Education Partners (REP), who have Certified Scrum Trainers (CST) that administer the actual two-day classes to certify students. Excella is lucky enough to have two CSTs, Richard Cheng and Dr. Patrick McConnell, who both teach multiple CSMs and CSPOs every month that you can register for through our website!

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Do you have a team of people that you would like certified? Excella also offers private certified group trainings, which are even more tailored to your group’s needs. Reach out to [email protected] for more information!

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