Kanban System Design

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Tue, Mar 20, 2018 to Wed, Mar 21, 2018
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Kanban System Design

Target Audience

This program is designed for professionals who are responsible for process optimization, business performance, and project management: managers, IT directors, heads of departments, middle managers, team leaders, project managers, technical managers, engineers, and anyone who is interested in the results of the work of the various groups of people. Also, this training will be useful to ScrumMasters, who want to help their teams to get to the next level.

Training is particularly suitable for those who:

  • wants to start working with Kanban systems and look for initial support,

  • is already using a Kanban system and wants to check whether its implementation matches to the best practices in the industry and get new ideas to improve their system.

Besides that, training helps synchronize understanding of Kanban for all participants and introduces a common "language" of terms – equally understand the terms, practices, and, most importantly, the purpose of process improvement using Kanban systems.

The format of the training

The two-day training program is expanded by preliminary self-training and "homework." This allows the most efficient use of time in the training for discussions, individual and group exercises.

This training incorporates many concepts of "training from the back of the room", in which the participants say and do more than the instructor: short blocks of theory alternate with practice and exercises. Also, the program includes a full-scale simulation of the kanban system in a safe environment where all participants will be able to experience all aspects of the kanban system.

Few photos from one of the previous classes:





  • Overview of Kanban method
    • History, principles, values,
  • Internal and external sources of variability and dissatisfaction with the process
  • Analysis of system’s demand and capacity 
  • Risk management with Kanban: Classes of Service
  • Kanban system design
    • Ticket design
    • Kanban boards design
    • Limiting work in progress (WIP)
    • Making policies explicit
  • Queues, flow control, metrics, measurements
    • Little's Law
    • Cumulative Flow Diagram
    • Lead time distribution chart
    • Control chart
  • Meetings in Kanban
  • Full-scale simulation of Kanban system

Why Kanban method rather than Scrum

Kanban is an alternative path to agility. Scrum, so far, is the most widespread Agile

The most common misconception about Kanban deals with oversimplification around it – "task board with limits".

In fact, this is a powerful mechanism for constructing your process of delivering value to the client. In addition, the method is actively developing and evolving – a proof of the fact, the growth of Agile / Scrum teams that use Kanban from 15% to 43% (according to the latest report State of Scrum Report 2015).

What is the value to the organization that Kanban of implementation brings?

What are the components of the mechanism? How to use the Lean philosophy?

Kanban and Scrum – which is better? And how to get the maximum benefits of the combination of both?

2-day hands-on class gives an opportunity to get an answer to these and other questions and even get a hands-on experience with the principles of the method. All the participants will return from the class with the skill of designing Kanban systems.


Participants will learn to

Identify internal and external sources of dissatisfaction with the process

  • Analyze demand and capacity of the system

  • Simulate workflow

  • Create kanban system

  • Choose a frequency of the various events / meetings

  • Identify classes of service

  • Create a deployment plan for Kanban system


Training reviews

I highly recommend this training to those who want most effectively and quickly master the kanban and start using it in their work.

Aleksandr Serdiukov, Team Lead, GlobalLogic


I like the lack of very basic theory, which can be read in any literature, and an emphasis on practical case studies. I recommend this training to systematize the knowledge and practical games and exercises.

Viktor Sevonkaev, Project Manager, Ciklum


This training has perfectly structured my knowledge about Kanban from different sources, and brought a lot of new ideas that I'll be implementing with the team tomorrow.

Dmitry Borshchanenko, ScrumMaster, Kolo Global


Loved the content of the training, the preparation of the instructor, who was ready for any question.

Andrey Kuzmenko, Team Lead, Materialise


Thank you very much for the interesting and useful information. The training helped me to look at the process from the other side, expanded horizons.

Olga Avramenko, QA manager, Krusche & Company


Quite energetic and informative training. Great initiative in a SCRUM world ;)

Michael Glavaskyh, team leader, IT-Enterprise