Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) at NewBoCo


This week I had the opportunity to attend a two day class geared towards becoming a Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO). At my day job I have always held a technical role but recently switched to become a full time product owner on one of our agile teams so the timing of attending this class was perfect.

The class was taught by Jason Tanner who is the CEO of Applied Frameworks which is a product management consulting firm. Personally I could tell pretty quick that Jason has worked at companies as large or larger than I currently work and he has experienced first hand the culture issues that sometimes arise in big enterprise companies. Jason was very professional but I could tell he had a no bullshit foundation which I could 100% appreciate. I wasn't sure I had a situation that I was going to talk about that Jason hadn't seen first hand which made the learning experience very positive.

The class itself was hosted in the New Bohemia district in Cedar Rapids at a company named NewBoCo which is found in the Geonetric building.


If I am being perfectly honest I had never heard of NewBoCo before this week. Five of the seven people who attended this class were from NewBoCo and I believe they shared they have recently grown to nineteen people total in the company. I would have no idea what the other fourteen people are like but the five I met were very nice. Obviously I won't share details but it sounds like they are all working on several initiatives which is rather exciting. They made me feel very welcome and immediately "part of the group".  Maybe the next time they are hosting a networking event I may look at stopping by.

I have been lucky enough to work on a full agile team for 2+ years and there were still things I learned in this class. Today I met with the scrum master for my team and I am starting to feel more confident in knowing what is and isn't part of my new role.

Overall it was a good experience and I am lucky that I got to participate. Thank you Jason and the people from NewBoCo for making this week a success!


Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) at NewBoCo Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) at NewBoCo Reviewed by Shawn Woodward on 8:42 PM Rating: 5

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