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SAFe® 6.0 Product Owner / Manager Certification (POPM)

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The SAFe® Product Owner - Product Manager (POPM) seminar covers the tactical responsibilities of these roles in the Agile Release Train. The course also gives you the guidance and tools to work effectively in remote environments with distributed teams.

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SAFe® POPM - Product Owner / Manager Training

In the SAFe® POPM training, you will develop the necessary skills to steer the value streams in a Lean Enterprise as a SAFe® 6.0 Product Owner / Product Manager. In the two-day course, you will gain an in-depth understanding of your role within the Agile Release Trains (ARTs) and how value is created in the program increment.

You will learn to use lean thinking to divide epics into features and stories. With hands-on examples, you'll learn how Features and Stories refine how the program and team backlogs are governed. You will also know how iterations and program executions are planned and implemented. Furthermore, you will be explained how a continuous delivery pipeline and a DevOps culture contribute to the constant optimization of ART services.

Putting the SAFe principles into practice

Although the SAFe system of best and integrated practices synthesizes much knowledge and hundreds of deployments, only some methods will apply. Therefore, it is essential to use these SAFe principles as a guide. They can help you find solutions to more complex problems, apply them to your unique circumstances, and stay on the path of continuous improvement.


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SAFe® POPM course in detail

This syllabus covers the learning objectives set by scaled Agile INC, the certifying organization, to be covered in a SAFe® training course. This includes the latest version of SAFe® 6.0 and this syllabus consists of five following parts.

Part 1

Introduction to SAFe® Product Owner/Product Manager

  • Defining SAFe® for Lean Enterprises
  • Explanation of the value streams
  • Lean Agile decision making
  • Defining the responsibilities of the product owner/product manager

Part 2

Preparation for PI Planning

  • Define program part
  • Defining the vision
  • Forecast via roadmaps
  • Creating useful functions
  • Manage program backlog and KANBAN

Part 3

Leading the PI Planning

  • Communicating the vision
  • Defining the PI goals
  • Direct risks

Part 4

Execution of iterations

  • Implementing the user stories
  • Plan iterations
  • Management of the flow with the KANBAN team
  • Participation in the Replica Review and Retrospective
  • Support DevOps and publish on-demand

Part 5

Execution of the PI

  • Innovate along the PI
  • Check and adjust

What are the goals of this training?

  • SAFe® application within a lean company
  • Relating a Lean-Agile mindset to the functions of Product Owner and Product Manager
  • Cooperation with Lean Portfolio Management
  • A continuous research into customer needs
  • Performing the program increment
  • Defining responsibilities and roles for the product owner and product manager
  • Creating a Product Owner and Product Manager Action Plan

This is how the SAFe® Product Owner/Manager certificate works

Your certification includes the following:

  • SAFe® 5 Product Owner/Product Manager Certificate (PDF)
  • SAFe® 5 Product Owner/Product Manager digital badge for different online profiles
  • A one-year membership in the SAFe® online community/platform with access to many Meetup groups for sharing
  • Access to extensive additional material, which is available to you within your SAFe® account, to complete your learning journey

For more information on the certification exam, click here: Exam Details: POPM



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Why should you learn POPM?

You should learn the Program and Portfolio Management Professional (POPM) to improve your skills in program and portfolio management. This can help you become a better project manager and prepare for a leadership position. Understanding POPM methods and practices can improve your skills in risk management, financial management, and stakeholder management. It can also help you have a better understanding of monitoring and controlling projects to ensure they are effectively and successfully completed.

What are the advantages of POPM training?

POPM supports companies to achieve their goals by promoting efficient requirements gathering and management, improved collaboration, higher project efficiency, and higher project quality.

What is POPM?

POPM stands for "Program and Portfolio Management Professional" and is a certification program for professionals in program and portfolio management. It was developed by PMI (Project Management Institute) and aims to provide participants with a deep understanding of the methods and practices of program and portfolio management. By completing the certification process and passing an exam, participants demonstrate their competence in this area and can refer to themselves as program and portfolio management professionals. This certification can be helpful in improving career opportunities and boosting confidence in program and portfolio management skills.

Why are SAFe practices and principles essential?

The SAFe Principles provide a context for SAFe practices. Understanding the basics of these principles will help you apply SAFe practices in your business context and unlock the value of SAFe. Suppose you encounter a unique situation or must be fully covered by the SAFe guidelines. In that case, you can refer to the principles to ensure the "shortest sustainable lead time of the best quality and value for people and society.

Earning the SAFe Certification® validates your skills and opens new doors for career advancement 77% of certified Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) professionals seek SAFe certification for professional development. 63% rely on SAFe credentials to demonstrate their knowledge. Why should you join them?

Business agility relies on people with the expertise to lead successful transformations. Earning the SAFe certification will expand your skills and experience, enabling you to play a vital role in driving business transformation. You can grow in your position at your current company or seek new career opportunities outside your company.

Which test sections are there, and what are the percentages?

  • Prepare for PI planning (30%)
  • Running iterations (30%)
  • Leading PI Planning (20%)
  • Become a product owner/product manager in the SAFe company (10%)
  • Running the PI (10%)

Can I record the remote training?

No, no recording and/or dissemination of distance learning is permitted. Each participant must be present in a live training as if they were doing the training in person.


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How can I learn POPM?

POPM can be learned through training, courses, and online materials. Some exams can be taken for certification as a Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)®.

How can I introduce POPM methods in companies?

First and foremost, it's important to spread awareness and understanding of Agile project management and POPM within your company. Clearly communicate the benefits and added value, and demonstrate why it makes sense to introduce this method. Training for the entire team is essential to ensure that everyone speaks the same language and understands the concepts. You can also certify some key players in POPM to strengthen understanding and competency within the team.

How does POPM promote collaboration in companies?

POPM provides an understanding of collaboration between the Product Owner and other Scrum roles, particularly the Scrum Team and Scrum Master, thereby promoting effective collaboration.


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What is POPM used for?

POPM is used to validate and improve skills and knowledge in the field of business analysis and solutions.

What are the benefits of POPM?

POPM helps improve understanding of business analysis and solutions, and provides a recognized certification that confirms competencies and skills in the field. It can also be helpful in career development and in acquiring new clients and projects.

What are the objectives of the iSAQB module POPM?

The iSAQB (International Software Architecture Qualification Board) module POPM (Professional Scrum Product Owner) has the following objectives:

  • Providing knowledge about the role and responsibility of the Product Owner in a Scrum project.
  • Training in the skills and techniques necessary for successful implementation of the Product Owner role.
  • Providing an understanding of collaboration between the Product Owner and other Scrum roles, especially the Scrum Team and Scrum Master.
  • Providing best practices and methods to improve requirements gathering and management within a Scrum project.
  • Supporting the implementation of Scrum projects by providing processes, techniques, and tools that contribute to efficient requirements implementation.

What does SAFe® mean?

It is the world's leading framework for business agility.

The Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) provides a framework for implementing Agile, Lean, and DevOps practices at scale. The Scaled Agile Framework is the most popular for leading companies because it works: it's sustainable, trustworthy, and adaptable.

If you want to incorporate operational excellence, collaboration, responsiveness, and customer satisfaction into your organizational DNA, where do you start? SAFe offers you a proven playbook for transformation.

What are the entry requirements for this training?

Participation in the SAFe® POPM seminar is possible regardless of the level of experience, but the following prior knowledge is recommended:

  • Completed Leading SAFe® course
  • Work experience in the SAFe® environment
  • Knowledge of Lean and Agile methods or other relevant methods and tools

What is the procedure for the SAFe® certification exam?

Completion of the course enables you to take the SAFe® certification exam. You have access to extensive study material via your SAFe® account. All information about the certification examination can be found here: Examination details

What kind of exam is there, and when do you pass it?

There is a multiple-choice exam with a total of 45 questions, with one or more answers (2-3) possible. Participants have 90 minutes to answer, and a minimum of 33 questions must be answered correctly to pass certification. This corresponds to a percentage of 73%. It should be noted that there are no partial credits, and therefore all correct choices must be made for multiple-answer questions.

What happens if I don't pass the exam?

If you fail the exam on your first attempt, you can retake it and purchase a retake. Instant replay is available for a $50 replay fee.

If you fail to pass the repeat exam, you can try a third time after a ten-day waiting period. For a fourth attempt and all additional attempts, the waiting period is 30 days. The reinstatement fee to implement SAFe is $250.

You can buy a retake of the exam in your syllabus. The Retake button is next to your exam. Clicking this button will take you to the payment platform to purchase your retake exam.


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Where can I work after being certified in POPM?

With your certification as a Program and Portfolio Management Professional (POPM), you have the opportunity to work in a variety of organizations and industries that offer program and portfolio management services. Here are some areas where you can work with your certification:

  • IT industry: In the IT industry, you can work as a program or project manager and have a deep understanding of monitoring and overseeing IT programs.
  • Government: In government, you can work as a program or project manager for government programs.
  • Financial services: In the financial industry, you can work as a program or project manager for financial programs.
  • Healthcare: In healthcare, you can work as a program or project manager for healthcare programs.
  • Production and manufacturing: In production and manufacturing, you can work as a program or project manager for production and manufacturing programs.

Where can POPM be used?

The iSAQB module POPM (Professional Scrum Product Owner) can be used in any company that uses Scrum as an agile project management framework. The training is aimed at individuals who take on the role of Product Owner in a Scrum project, as well as project managers, product managers, requirements managers, and other individuals involved in requirements gathering and management. The POPM module is designed to help participants improve their skills in dealing with requirements and implementing Scrum projects to ensure successful project implementation.


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Who should learn POPM?

POPM is intended for business analysts, project managers, process experts, and other professionals working on projects and business solutions.

Is POPM right for me?

POPM has been specifically designed for agile projects, making it particularly suitable if you already have an understanding of agile project management and are interested in using agile methods.

Who benefits from POPM?

Product Owners, stakeholders, and project managers can benefit from a certification in POPM (Professional in Product Management). This certification helps them improve their skills in product management and gain a deeper understanding of the requirements, processes, and procedures in product management.

Who is the POPM training suitable for?

POPM is valuable for employees working in a company that has already implemented or is currently implementing SAFe, especially those who are faced with the challenge of scaling agility.

  • Product Owner
  • Agile product and product line managers
  • Individuals involved in product development using the Scrum framework
  • Solution and process managers
  • Portfolio managers, program managers, and PMO staff
  • Enterprise, solution, and system architects.

For whom is the SaFe® POPM training suitable?

Product and product line managers, product owners, process owners, business analysts, solution and portfolio managers, program managers, project management officers (PMO), as well as enterprise, resolution, and system architects.


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