Kanban Training

Led by author of “Essential Scrum” and CST Ken Rubin, this corporate Kanban training offers a comprehensive look at the Kanban method and its associated principles and core practices. Because this is on-site training, the class can be customized to your organization's needs. 

ABOUT kanban training

This is two-day, hands-on, exercise-driven corporate training course covering the core principles and practices of the Kanban method. It is intended for teams that are just beginning their implementation of Kanban.

In addition to learning the fundamentals of Kanban, team members will work together to model one of their company's workflows and then create and revise a Kanban board to represent that workflow. Participants will leave Kanbn training with hands-on, actionable knowledge for applying Kanban within their domain.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN in kanban training

Kanban training includes the following topics:

  • Core lean/agile principles.
  • Hands-on simulation of Kanban (teams play the Kanban Pizza Game).
  • Examples of Kanban systems.
  • Description of Kanban principles and properties.
  • Comparison of Kanban and Scrum.
  • How to model one of your workflows (with an exercise to generate the model).
  • 13 examples of different Kanban board designs.
  • Create a Kanban board based on your workflow
  • Discussion of WIP limits, and how to set them for active states and buffers.
  • Discussion of classes of services with a detailed description of four common classes of service.
  • How to define and use service level agreements (SLAs).
  • How to calculate lead times.
  • Dealing with specialization.
  • Visualizing interrupts.
  • Strategies for dealing with blocked items.
  • Handling repeating tasks.
  • Strategies for dealing with variability.
  • Capacity-constrained resources.
  • Non-instant availability resources.
  • Exercises on bottleneck management.
  • Kanban activities (backlog grooming, queue replenishment, pull decision, daily standups, after meetings, operations reviews).
  • Metrics and reporting (cumulative flow diagrams, lead time scatter plot, time in process chart, throughput chart).

WHO SHOULD ATTEND kanban training

Any practitioner in your organization who is involved in the software development process should attend Kanban training, including analysts, developers, testers, architects, tech leads, managers and sponsors. Also, members of support organizations such as webmasters, network engineers, DBAs, call center personnel and their managers and sponsors.

Consider having teams associated with a common workflow or process attend together so the exercises can be very specific to their actual work.