Increasing Efficiency with Kanban


Increasing Efficiency with Kanban

Authors: Chris Behrens, Steve Smith, Michael Krasowski, Milena Pajic

This skill path will teach you how to design, build, operate and measure a kanban system to achieve significant benefits for you, your team and your organization. We will talk... Read more

###What You Will Learn:

  • LEAN principles
  • How to get started with Kanban
  • How to manage workloads with Kanban
  • How to deploy value with Kanban
  • How to transition from Scrum to Kanban


No prerequisite knowledge needed.


In this beginner section, we will cover the principles of LEAN and how LEAN adds value to a business process. We will also talk about the basic concepts, uses, benefits and principles of Kanban.

Exploring Lean Principles

by Chris Behrens

Apr 23, 2020 / 1h 7m

1h 7m

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You can be Agile, and still have waste and defects in your processes - this is what Lean Software Development aims to tackle. In this course, Exploring Lean Principles, you will gain the ability to apply Lean Processes and thinking to your own software enterprise. First, you will learn what Lean is and how it relates to Agile. Next, you will discover the Seven Principles of Lean and the Seven Wastes in software development. Finally, you will explore how to apply what you have learned in your own enterprise. When you are finished with this course, you will have the skills and knowledge of Lean Software Development needed to eliminate waste and build quality in with your work in software.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Understanding What Lean Is
  3. Understanding the Principles of Lean
  4. Understanding Waste in Software
  5. Applying Lean to Your Work

Kanban: Getting Started

by Steve Smith

Jan 22, 2021 / 2h 16m

2h 16m

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Are you trying to improve your everyday flow in both your personal and professional life? In this course, Kanban: Getting Started, you’ll learn to use kanban to improve the constant stream of work in your personal life and on teams. First, you’ll explore the principles of kanban and flow. Next, you’ll discover how to apply these principles to visualize your work and maximize flow. Finally, you’ll learn how to apply the kanban method to team workflows. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of kanban needed to effectively use it to be more responsible and effective, personally and professionally.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Basic Kanban Concepts
  3. Kanban for Individuals
  4. Kanban for Teams


In this intermediate section we will take a deeper look into the workings of Kanban, such as limits on work loads, backlogs, and estimating features. Also in this section we will help practitioners of waterfall, scrum or “scrum-fall” migrate to Kanban

Kanban for Agile/Scrum Practitioners

by Michael Krasowski

May 28, 2020 / 2h 30m

2h 30m

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In this course, Kanban for Agile/Scrum Practitioners, you will learn the skills, approaches, and techniques to advance your essential Kanban capabilities to the next level. First, you'll learn that Kanban is not a process in and of itself but is a practice that symbolizes a principle and is flexible and adaptable based on the challenge at hand and the necessary resources. Next, you'll explore different approaches to moving from both waterfall and Agile/Scrum to Kanban. For those with traditional development skills (waterfall), we will point out how Kanban alleviates all the CONs of waterfall by improving the efficiency and flexibility of feature development and provide you the necessary knowledge to help you adapt and transition from your traditional or waterfall application development methods to Kanban. Though Agile/Scrum greatly improves development over waterfall you'll discover how Kanban takes it a step further in improving product delivery. You'll also compare Scrum events with Kanban events and how Kanban will increase the workflow and productivity of development. Then, you'll go into detail on defining your value stream, managing work types, understanding what “done” means, limiting work in progress, adapting to variabilities, the benefits of cumulative flow diagrams, how to forecast future work, dealing with bottlenecks, blockers, and spikes. Finally, the course will take you through the process of implementing Kanban at your workplace. This will include developing a pilot, applying metrics, and provide the awareness to challenges that may obstruct or impede your adoption of Kanban and offer recommendations and techniques to mitigate them. When you have completed this course, you will have the skills and knowledge on how to design, execute, and deliver high-quality Kanban systems.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. What You Will Learn
  3. Kanban 201: Taking It up a Notch
  4. Transitioning from Waterfall to Kanban
  5. Transitioning from Agile/Scrum to Kanban
  6. Managing Your Workflow
  7. Preparing for Organizational Challenges
  8. Applying Key Learning Objectives

Deploying Value with Kanban

by Michael Krasowski

Sep 24, 2020 / 2h 33m

2h 33m

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Learn to enrich your Kanban practice to deliver even more value to your teams. In this course, Deploying Value with Kanban, you will learn the knowledge and skills to help you implement continuous integration and deployment within the context of the Kanban value stream and DevOps. First, you will compare Kanban with Scrum so that you can leverage your Agile/Scrum knowledge to better assimilate new Kanban concepts. Next, you will discover how continuous integration can increase customer value through applying version control, branching and merging, and automated testing. Finally, you will explore how DevOps is the bridge between continuous integration and continuous deployment to enable regular, automatic, production builds. When you are finished with this course, you will have the skills and knowledge of how to improve, execute and deliver a higher level, quality Kanban management system.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Kanban vs. Scrum: A Deeper Look
  3. Implement Continuous Integration to Increase Customer Value
  4. Implement Continuous Deployment to Increase Customer Value
  5. Adapting Kanban within Larger Organization
  6. Applying Key Learning Objectives


In this advanced section we will talk about how to thoughtfully transition from scrum to kanban in a methodological way while leveraging your existing scrum knowledge. Understanding and leveraging value streams are essential in optimizing your workflow processes. All processes can have a variety of roadblock types and we will explore how to unblock and improve workflow. Lastly we will cover the importance of metrics and management reporting in ensuring your Kanban is running smoothly and efficiently.

Transitioning from Scrum to Kanban

by Milena Pajic

Jul 23, 2020 / 2h 1m

2h 1m

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Many Scrum teams decide to make a change in their process and to switch to Kanban. In this course, Transitioning from Scrum to Kanban, you’ll learn how to optimize your existing process. First, you’ll explore the ways to smooth the workflow with the Kanban best practices. Next, you’ll discover a set of guidelines to improve your learning workflow. Finally, you’ll learn how to use simple but powerful reporting in Kanban. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of transitioning from Scrum to Kanban needed to perform this activity as trouble-free as possible.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Understanding the Difference Between Scrum and Kanban
  3. Optimizing the Existing Process in Increments
  4. Smoothing the Workflow with the Kanban Best Practices
  5. Enhancing Learning Workflow
  6. Simple, yet Powerful Reporting
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