Certified Product Owner (CSPO)


Length: Two days

This course does not have an exam, certification is awarded at instructor discretion based on attendance and participation.

This course pairs well with the Selling Your Project course.

  • People who are new to Scrum and want to know how to start
  • Experienced Scrum practitioners desiring new ideas to improve their Scrum practices
  • Business Analysts
  • Project Managers
  • Business Managers
  • Executives

After completing the course, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the Agile Manifesto and its principles
  2. Summarize Scrum history and framework
  3. Apply the five Scrum values and benefits
  4. Distinguish between the roles of ScrumMaster, Product Owner, and Development Team, including the responsibilities of each and who should perform those roles
  5. Understand a Product Owner’s role in each of the Scrum meetings
  6. Bring value to a project through supporting self-organization
  7. Participate in agile estimating and planning sessions
  8. Develop and maintain the Scrum artifact known as the Product Backlog
  9. Recognize the value of and learn how to interpret metrics and information radiators such as Burn down/up Charts, team velocity, task boards, and predictability tools.
  10. Write and maintain User Stories
  11. Understand, write, and accept Acceptance Criteria
  12. Increase product value through prioritization of User Stories and refining the Product Backlog
  13. Understand responsibilities around accepting/rejecting deliverables and how to prevent/handle carry over

This course does not have a prerequisite requirement; however, reading these two articles before the workshop, will enhance your workshop experience:

Price: $1,095.00
Course fee includes a two-year membership in Scrum Alliance.

  • Course Texts: no texts are used in this course
  • Food: Lunch is included in a daytime course or a light meal with an evening course.
  • Free Parking
  • If you already have a Scrum Alliance certification, this workshop is worth 15 SEUs.
  • If you already have a PMI® Certification, this workshop is worth 15 PDU’s in Category B.
  • Useful websites: https://www.scrumalliance.org/certifications

Please call 612-659-7230 for dates and times.

If you are registering through the workforce center, you must have your counselor contact IPD directly at institute@metrostate.edu

Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) Training


  • Length: Two days
  • This course pairs well with the Selling Your Project course.
  • Anyone seeking a better way to get work done
  • Executives
  • Managers
  • People new to Scrum
  • People with experience using Scrum who desire fresh ideas on being more effective
  • People seeking ScrumMaster Certification through Scrum Alliance
  • Project Mangers
  • Business Analysts
  • Product Developers
  • Developers
  • Testers

After completing the course, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the Agile Manifesto and its principles
  2. Summarize Scrum history and framework
  3. Apply the five Scrum values and benefits
  4. Compare and contrast the Empirical Process vs. the Defined Process
  5. Distinguish between the roles of ScrumMaster, Product Owner, and Development Team, including the responsibilities of each and who should play those roles
  6. Conduct effective Scrum meetings: understand the purpose, value, duration, and invitees for each meeting
  7. Understand agile estimating and planning
  8. Develop Scrum artifacts and documents, such as The Product Backlog, the Spring Backlog, the Burn down and Burn up Charts, and the product increment
  9. Recognize danger signs and what to do about them
  10. Organize non-collocated teams conducive to an agile environment
  11. Launch an agile project

This course does not have a prerequisite requirement; however, reading these two articles before the workshop, will enhance your workshop experience:

Price: $1,095.00

Membership: Course fee includes a two-year membership in Scrum Alliance.

  • Course Texts: no texts are used in this course
  • Food: Lunch is included in a daytime course or a light meal with an evening course.
  • Free Parking
  • Exam: After completing this course, qualifying students will receive a link to the CSM exam.
  • Exam Fees: The exam fee with Scrum Alliance is included in the workshop registration. The instructor will provide a link to the exam.
  • If you already have a Scrum Alliance certification, this workshop is worth 15 SEUs.
  • If you already have a PMI® Certification, this workshop is worth 15 PDU’s in Category B.
  • Useful websites: https://www.scrumalliance.org/certifications

Fall Term

  • Please call 612-659-7230 for dates and times.

If you are registering through the workforce center, you must have your counselor contact IPD directly at institute@metrostate.edu

Retail Information Systems


Length: 48 hours – 15 sessions at 3 hours and 20 minutes

Note: This course combines reduced classroom time with significant online work.  Intermediate computer/internet skills required.  For online learning and course access information go to www.metrostate.edu/col click on Student Resources.

There will be weekly web conference meetings and 2-3 additional mandatory in-class meeting dates which will be announced by the instructor.

  • Those seeking employment in the area of Retail Information Technology
  • People currently in technical roles who wish to transition into the area of Retail Information Technology
  • Those seeking a career path change to move from a tech role to a business-side role

Please note that taking the course does not guarantee employment, and Oracle Retail software is not a popular choice for businesses in the Twin City area; be open to relocating outside the Twin Cities.

After taking this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the retail industry as a major player in the economy and the critical role retail information systems play for firms in this industry.
  2. Understand how information technology is used to support the distinct sourcing and replenishment practices of retail stores and store chains.
  3. Apply retail information technology to support retailers acquiring appropriate amounts and assortments of merchandise within a particular retail concept and format.
  4. Understand the quantitative skills and techniques commonly used by store managers/buyers/assistants to make strategic management decisions and how these are manifested in retail information systems.
  5. Understand the differences in characteristics between different categories of inventory master data (e.g. fashion vs. staple merchandise) and how these result in variations in merchandise planning data and financial data.
  6. Understand how to use retail information systems to apply merchandising principles in complex retail settings and to clarify merchandise requirements for different types of distribution channels, including stores, mail order, e-tailing and others both in domestic and global marketplaces.
  7. Understand the role of applying negotiating and executive presentation skills to the retail IT projects.
  8. Building an anti-racist learning community and providing high-quality education with continued emphasis on underserved groups, including communities of color and other marginalized communities.
  9. Promoting life-long learning and enabling students from diverse backgrounds to achieve their educational goals.

The Metro State course MIS100 Fundamentals of Information Technology in Organizations, or completion of any business undergraduate degree, or approval from the instructor, Anil Venkoba Rao. If Anil Venkoba Rao’s approval is needed, please contact the College of Management at 612-659-7269.

If you are interested in taking this course as a non-credit course, please contact the Institute for Professional Development at 612-659-7230.

Price: $1,200.00

  • Course Texts: Course Texts: Participants are responsible for purchasing the textbook:
    Winning at Retail: Developing a Sustained Model for Retail Success by Willard N. Ander and Neil Z. Stern.
    ISBN-13: 9780471473572
  • Location: Metropolitan State University
    TBD
    700 East Seventh Street
    Saint Paul, MN 55108-5253
  • Parking: Paid ramp available at campus

new registration dates coming soon.

Registration for Credit: All students that would like to take this course for credit will need to speak with Anil Venkoba Rao through the College of Management.  The College of Management phone number is 612-659-7250 and is located at 1501 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403.

Registration for Non-Credit: If you are interested in taking this course as a non-credit course, please contact the Institute for Professional Development at 612-659-7230.

Managing an ERP Project


Length: 1 day

This course pairs well with the Executing Successful Projects Certificate.

  • Project Managers
  • Those who perform the role of a project manager on an ERP Implementation Project

After taking this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Illustrate key principles and concepts regarding the ERP Business Case
  2. Describe architecture and understand how ERP fits into IT Enterprise Architecture (with a focus on SAP)
  3. Define and demystify data and master data through the use of “real-world” examples
  4. Describe silos and explain how ERP breaks down business silos through business process integration
  5. Define exactly how business process is relevant to ERP projects, especially with the use of master data and business process mapping
  6. Understand analytics to achieve vertical benefit
  7. Describe and perform basic Business Process modeling tasks and understand their relevance to the ERP Business Case
  8. Understand the core principles of ERP Projects and project manager’s role in managing change

This course does not have a prerequisite requirement.

Price: $295.00 Early Bird Pricing: $250.75 until February 28, 2017

  • Course Texts: no texts are used in this course
  • Food: Lunch is included in a daytime course or a light meal with an evening course.
  • Free Parking
  • .96 CEU’s awarded for attendance

New registration dates coming soon.

ERP Projects and Business Analysis


Length: 1 day

This course pairs well with the Business Analysis Certificate

  • Business Analysts
  • Those who perform the role of business analyst on an ERP Implementation Project

After taking this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Illustrate key principles and concepts regarding the ERP Business Case
  2. Describe architecture and understand how ERP fits into IT Enterprise Architecture (with a focus on SAP)
  3. Define and demystify data and master data through the use of “real-world” examples
  4. Describe silos and explain how ERP breaks down business silos through business process integration
  5. Define exactly how business process is relevant to ERP projects, especially with the use of master data and business process mapping
  6. Understand analytics to achieve vertical benefit
  7. Describe and perform basic Business Process Modeling tasks and understand their relevance to the ERP Business Case
  8. Understand the core principles of ERP Projects and the business analyst’s role in managing change

This course does not have a prerequisite requirement.

Price: $295.00 Early Bird Pricing: $265.50 until March 15, 2017.

  • Course Texts: no texts are used in this course
  • Food: Lunch is included in a daytime course or a light meal with an evening course.
  • Free Parking
  • .96 CEU’s awarded for attendance

New registration dates coming soon.

If you are registering through the workforce center, you must have your counselor contact IPD directly at institute@metrostate.edu