Certified Kanban Foundations - Leading Evolutionary Change

Apeksha Patel's picture
Sat, Aug 01, 2015 to Sun, Aug 02, 2015
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Kanban System Design

Kanban System Design - Leading Evolutionary Change is a highly interactive two-day course accredited by the Lean-Kanban University (LKU) and provides in-depth training in Kanban practices and the principles that underpin the Kanban method, including a fully immersive Kanban simulation.

The Kanban method is an evolutionary approach to change and change management by starting with what you already do; respecting current roles; responsibilities and job titles; encouraging acts of leadership at all levels, and agreeing to pursue incremental, evolutionary change that evolves business processes using a Kaizen approach that reduces the risks associated with complex change programmes.

Participants will gain sufficient knowledge about the Kanban Method and related topics to:

  • Lead or guide a team in their adoption of Kanban – from initial visualization and to end-to-end Kanban System Design through evolutionary change
  • Answer questions and support the team in the day-to-day operation
  • Help teams to identify and resolve hindrances to flow
  • Take measurements and create meaningful metrics that help the team
  • Evolve process and practice according to team needs, in a meaningful way
  • Connect with the Kanban community for the sharing of practical experiences and the development of new ideas and techniques


What will you learn?

The participants will learn how to:

  • Identify internal and external sources of dissatisfaction
  • Analyze demand vs capability
  • Model the knowledge discovery process
  • Design kanban systems and their visualizations
  • Identify/prioritize improvements
  • Choose cadences for activities
  • Identify classes of service
  • Create a rollout plan, negotiating strategy with stakeholders

What will you receive?

  • Two days of high-quality instruction from a practitioner who has 16+ years of experience in software development.
  • Course materials
  • Membership of the Lean-Kanban University (LKU)
  • Lean-Kanban University (LKU) certificate of course completion
  • 16 Scrum Education Units (SEU’s) can be claimed for this course and used as part of your Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Professional application.



Kanban Introduction

  • What is Kanban?
  • Principles of the Kanban Method
  • Kanban Core Practices
  • When is Kanban Typically Used?

Identify Work Items:

  • Demand Analysis
  • Handling Large Work Items
  • Kanban Cards
  • Sizing Work Items

Value Streams

  • What is a Value Stream
  • Mapping the Knowledge Discovery Process through Value Stream Mapping

Kanban Boards

  • The Relationship between a Kanban Board and the Value Stream
  • Setting up and using a Kanban Board
  • Different Options for Kanban Boards
  • Queues and Buffers

Limit Work In Progress (WIP)

  • Queuing Theory – Little’s Law
  • Calculating Lead Time
  • Calculating Throughput
  • Calculating WIP
  • Calculating Release Time
  • Why Limit WIP
  • Techniques to Limit WIP
  • Where to Apply WIP Limits

Make Management Policies Explicit

  • Definition of ‘Done’
  • Classes of Service
  • Cost of Delay
  • Service Level Agreements

Measuring and Managing Flow

  • Cumulative Flow Diagrams in Relation to Kanban
  • How to Produce a Cumulative Flow Diagram
  • How to Measure Lead Time
  • How to Measure WIP
  • How to Measure Flow
  • Optimizing Flow
  • How to use the Cumulative Flow Diagram to Identify Problems
  • Five Focusing Steps to Remove Bottlenecks
  • Interpreting a Control Chart
  • Interpreting a lead time distribution chart

Sources of Variability

  • Sources of dissatisfaction
  • The impact of variability
  • Techniques and strategies for removing variability

Empirical Feedback

  • Improvement Kata
  • Cadence and Rhythm
  • Daily Standups
  • Retrospectives
  • Operations Review

Apply your learning

Kanban in your Organisation

  • The Context for Change
  • The Steps required to Design a Kanban System
  • Apply a Kanban System to your Organisation
  • Prepare a Roll-Out Plan for your Organisation

Who is this course suitable for?

This course is useful for anyone who wants to be successful using Kanban within their organization, or anyone who works with teams utilizing Kanban. In terms of roles, the course is suitable for

  • Product, Project and Programme Managers,
  • Development Team Members (including but not limited to Architects, Designers, Developers, Testers),
  • Business Analysts and Scrum Product Owners and ScrumMasters who want to enhance their Lean / Agile skillset

What are the pre-requisites?

Approximately one week before the training a pre-course email will be issued that contains some short research tasks.