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Introduction to Kanban

Course Summary

The Introduction to Kanban training course is designed to examine how to deliver software functionality using Kanban. Kanban utilizes a Lean "pull" implementation to guide the work. Kanban enhances organization agility, improves visibility of work flowing through the process.

The course begins by illustrating how to implement Kanban, and the reporting necessary to monitor the work flow. Next, it delves into labs and case studies to ensure your understanding of how to implement Kanban. The course culminates with a Kanban board that can be used to make work visible.

Learn how to use Kanban to enhance and improve your project management.
Project Manager
Skill Level
Hack-a-thon - Learning Spikes - Workshops
2 Days
Related Technologies
Agile | Scrum


Productivity Objectives
  • Interpret the origins of Kanban, the theory behind it, and how it relates to agile software development
  • Discover how to complete a "Value Stream Mapping" and what to include
  • Associate throughput and how to organize the work
  • Observe how to manage the process and the input queue
  • Compare options for tuning the Kanban implementation
  • Distinguish 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
    • Kanban Definition
    • Motivation for Kanban
    • Quality Management
    • Work In Progress (WIP)
    • How to Prioritize
    • Demand vs. Throughput
    • Sources of Variability
    • Value Stream Mapping (seeing the big picture)
    • The Value Stream
    • Work Visibility
    • Value Stream Lab (Part 1- Defining the Start and the End)
    • Card Walls
    • Demand Analysis
    • Capacity Allocation
    • The Work Card
    • Value Stream Lab (Part 2- Designing the Card Wall)
  • Throughput
    • Identifying Work Item Types
    • Sizing Work Items
    • Building User Stories
    • Executing a 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
    • Understanding the Importance of Cadence
    • Limiting Work-In-Progress (WIP)
    • Identifying Bottlenecks
    • Removing Waste from the Value Stream
    • 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.
“I appreciated the instructor's technique of writing live code examples rather than using fixed slide decks to present the material.”


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