Kanban Introduction

What is Kanban Introduction?

Kanban Introduction is a highly interactive one day course accredited by The Scrum Alliance and provides solid training in Kanban practices and the principles that underpin the Kanban method, including a fully immersive Kanban simulation using Lego. The Kanban method is an evolutionary approach to change and change management by:
  • Starting with what you do now
  • Agreeing to pursue incremental, evolutionary change
  • Initially respecting current roles, responsibilities and job titles
  • Encouraging acts of leadership at all levels
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 visualisation and the design of Kanban Systems through to evolutionary change
  • Answer questions and support the team in day-to-day operation
  • Help teams to identify and resolve hindrances to flow
  • Take measurements and create meaningful metrics that helps 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?

Based on the trainer’s practical experience, participants will learn how to:
  1. Analyse demand
  2. Model the knowledge discovery process
  3. Design Kanban Systems and their visualisations
  4. Identify/prioritise improvements
  5. Choose cadences for activities
  6. Identify classes of service

What will you receive?

One day of high quality instruction from Tom Reynolds who has 25 years experience in software development. For courses on our public schedule, refreshments before and during the course, including lunch
  • Course materials
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Eight Scrum Education Units (SEU’s) can be claimed for this course and used as part of your Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Professional application. See the CSP application process on The Scrum Alliance website for more details.

What topics are covered?

  • 1. Agile Introduction:
    • a. Agile Manifesto
    • b. Risk Reduction and Managing Uncertainty
    • c. Focusing on Value
  • 2. Kanban Introduction:
    • a. What is Kanban
    • b. Kanban with a big ‘K’ and little ‘k’
    • c. Kanban to Manage Change
    • i. Kaizen
    • ii. Kaikaku
    • d. Principles of the Kanban Method
    • e. Kanban Core Practices
    • f. When is Kanban Typically Used
  • 3. Visualise Flow:
    • a. Mapping the Value Stream
    • b. Kanban Work Items
    • c. Kanban Cards
    • d. Kanban Boards
  • 4. Making Policies Explicit:
    • a. Definition of ‘Done’
    • b. Classes of Service
    • c. Service Level Agreements
  • 5. Limit Work In Progress (WIP):
    • a. Queuing Theory – Little’s Law
    • b. Calculating Lead Time
    • c. Calculating Throughput
    • d. Calculating WIP
    • e. Calculating Release Time
    • f. Why Limit WIP
    • g. Techniques to Limit WIP
    • h. Setting and Maintaining WIP Limits
    • i. Where to Apply WIP Limits
  • 6. Measuring and Managing Flow:
    • a. Cumulative Flow Diagrams in Relation to Kanban
    • b. Why We Use Cumulative Flow
    • c. How to Produce a Cumulative Flow Diagram
    • d. How to Measure Lead Time
    • e. How to Measure WIP
    • f. How to Measure Flow
    • g. Optimising Flow
    • h. How to use the Cumulative Flow Diagram to Identify Problems
    • i. Five Focusing Steps to Remove Bottlenecks
  • 7. Feedback Loops and Improvement:
    • a. Cadence and Rhythm
    • b. Daily Standups
    • c. Retrospectives
    • 8. Apply your Learning:
    • a. Kanban Simulation

Who is this course suitable for?

This course is useful for anyone who wants to be successful using Kanban within their organisation, or anyone who works with teams utilising Kanban. As such, it will benefit anyone who is involved in using Kanban or considering using Kanban. It will be helpful both to those new to Kanban and those who have explored Kanban but who now want to consolidate their knowledge in a practical setting. 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. Attending the course as a full team offers a real opportunity for the entire team to experience and learn Kanban together and creates an excellent foundation for them to move forward.

Are there any prerequisites for this course?

There are no prerequisites for the course, however students are expected to complete the required pre-course reading

How should you prepare for this course?

The Lean-Kanban University website provides lots of useful Kanban resources. The following are recommended as introductory material for those who are new to Lean and Kanban:
  • About Lean
  • About Kanban

What about exams and certifications?

There are no exams or specific certifications for this course, however, attendance of this course will provide 8 Scrum Education Units (SEU) towards The Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Professional designation.

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