Introduction to Kanban

The Introduction to Kanban training course will teach you that delivering software functionality using Kanban is radically different from traditional waterfall project management.

Rather than plan, instruct and direct, Kanban utilizes a Lean “pull” implementation to guide the work through the process. Using Kanban enhances organization agility, improves visibility of work flowing through the process and provides greater transparency for impediments that inhibit throughput. You will learn how to implement Kanban, and the controls and reporting necessary to monitor the flow of work. We will use labs, case studies, and examples to ensure your understanding of how to implement Kanban.

In addition to the labs that are part of the training curriculum, we offer the option of an additional day. During this extra session, we will work with your organization to design a roadmap for implementing Kanban, using the existing processes; the session culminates with a Kanban board that can be used immediately for making work visible.

Course Summary

Learn how to use Kanban to enhance and improve your project management.
Skill Level: 
Learning Style: 

Hands-on training is customized, instructor-led training with an in-depth presentation of a technology and its concepts, featuring such topics as Java, OOAD, and Open Source.

Hands On help
2 Days
Productivity Objectives: 
  • Understand the origins of Kanban, the theory behind it, and how it relates to agile software development
  • Know how to complete a “Value Stream Mapping” and what to include
  • Comprehend throughput and how to organize the work
  • Grasp how to manage the process and the input queue
  • Understand options for tuning the Kanban implementation
  • Comprehend relevance and implementation of key metrics

What You'll Learn

In the Introduction to Kanban training course, you’ll learn:

  • Kanban Overview and Introduction
    • House of Lean
    • Defining Kanban
    • Motivation for Kanban
    • Managing Quality
    • Work In Progress (WIP)
    • How to Prioritize
    • Demand vs. Throughput
    • Sources of Variability
    • Value Stream Mapping (seeing the big picture) 

    • The Value Stream
    • Making Work Visible
    • Value Stream Lab (Part 1- Defining the Start and the End)
    • Card Walls
    • Demand Analysis
    • Allocating Capacity
    • The Work Card
    • Value Stream Lab (Part 2- Designing the Card Wall)
  • Throughput
    • Identifying Work Item Types
    • Sizing Work Items
    • Building User Stories
    • User Story Lab
    • Story points
    • Visual Control
    • Pull vs. Push
    • Theory of Constraints
    • Service Levels: Class of Service
    • Throughput Application Lab (Incorporating Class of Service into the Card Wall)
  • Managing The Process
    • Daily Standup Meetings
    • After Meetings
    • Queue Replenishment Meetings
    • Release Planning Meetings
    • Triage
    • Geographically Dispersed Teams
  • Improving The Process
    • The Importance of Cadence
    • Limiting Work-In-Progress
    • Identifying Bottlenecks
    • Removing Waste from the Value Stream
    • Lab – The Dot Game: Sizing Work-In-Progress Lab (Factoring Bottlenecks to determine Queue Sizing and the impact to WIP)
  • Key Metrics Review
    • WIP
    • Lead Time Throughput and Measuring Flow
    • Blocked Work
    • Quality
    • Failure Load
  • Day Three – Optional
    • Summary Session
    • Lab – Putting It Altogether
    • This lab is devoted to incorporating specific Kanban principles to current in-** house issues. Students to provide real examples of work flow and work with the instructor to get the foundation for Kanban setup.
    • Deliverable: Card wall the students can begin using immediately.

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Not all training courses are created equal. Let the customization process begin! We'll work with you to design a custom Introduction to Kanban training course that meets your specific needs.

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