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Applied Enterprise Kanban

Kanban methods have increased in popularity. Going beyond the manufacturing origins, more and more teams in information technology are adopting the practices. Kanban methods go beyond the visual...

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$1,295 USD
Course Code KANBAN
Duration 2 days
Available Formats Classroom, Virtual

Kanban methods have increased in popularity. Going beyond the manufacturing origins, more and more teams in information technology are adopting the practices. Kanban methods go beyond the visual aspects of the Kanban board. In addition to visualizing the work in progress, Kanban provides techniques to manage the flow of work and continuously improve on that flow. You learn how to focus on the work that is needed and reduce the time spent on the wrong work. Other advantages include flexibility of process, increased productivity, and improved efficiency. The concepts are easy to understand yet difficult to master.

The Applied Enterprise Kanban course provides guidance on Kanban implementation and bootstrapping a Kanban system in your own organization. You will learn how Kanban is a cultural change initiative and what that shift means, how Kanban can be applied to your software development workflow, and how it differs from other development methods.

Skills Gained

  • Kanban origins, evolution, and benefits
  • Kanban concepts, principles, and terminology
  • Visualization of Work
  • Limiting Work-In-Process
  • Analyzing the Flow of Work
  • Optimizing your Kanban system
  • Continuous improvement culture
  • Common misunderstandings and pitfalls of Kanban
  • Experiments and analysis to improve team performance
  • Kanban Metrics and Management Reporting

Who Can Benefit

This is an immersion course and the intent is to engage in the practices every team will employ, this course is recommended for all team members responsible for delivering outstanding software. That includes, but is not limited to, the following roles:

  • Business Analyst
  • Technical Analyst
  • Project Manager
  • Software Engineer/Programmer
  • Development Manager
  • Product Manager
  • Product Analyst
  • Tester
  • QA Engineer
  • Documentation Specialist

Course Details

Part 1: Welcome and Introductions

General logistics for the class

  • Housekeeping
  • Course Objectives
  • Introductions
  • Instructor Bio
  • Agenda
  • Kanban Parking Lot

Part 2: The Case for Change

Gain an overall understanding of the basic principles, and benefits of Kanban along with how it differs from other development methodologies. Review similar methodologies practiced in organizations today. Show how it differs from Scrum as an example.

  • What is Lean
  • What is Agile
  • What is Kanban
  • Why Kanban
  • How Kanban differs from other methodologies
  • Difference from Scrum
  • Kanban Team and Roles
  • Benefits of Kanban
  • How Kanban differs from other Agile methodologies

Part 3: Kanban Overview and Concepts

Learn the foundation of Kanban concepts, properties, and terminology. Understand the philosophy behind the Kanban framework and how it originated.

  • Kanban's 5 Core Properties
  • Kanban Emergent Behaviors
  • General Concepts at High Level
  • Kanban Origins and Evolution
  • The Kanban Concepts, Principles, and Terminology
  • Understand the Kanban Core Principles

Part 4: Implementing Kanban

The best way to understand Kanban is to go through the process of implementing it. This section goes through the various techniques and ceremonies associated with Kanban.

  • Work Item Types
  • Card Walls
  • Workflow
  • Queues and Buffers
  • Cadences
  • Work-In-Progress
  • Bottlenecks
  • Issues and Blocked Items
  • Visualization of Work
  • How to Set Up a Card Wall
  • Setting Work-In-Process
  • Limiting Work-In-Process
  • Analyzing the Flow of Work
  • Learn to Build Visualization Methods like a Kanban Board
  • Understand Implementation Approaches
  • How to use Work Item Types
  • Setting Input and Output Limits

Part 5: Metrics and Reporting

Kanban needs to report slightly different metrics than traditional or Agile project management. Understand how metrics and reporting differs in Kanban.

  • Metrics Overview
  • Tracking Work-In-Process
  • Cumulative Flow Diagram
  • Lead Time
  • Trends
  • Throughput
  • Kanban Metrics and Management Reporting
  • How to use Metrics and Tracking Methods
  • How to Optimize the Flow of Work

Part 6: Scaling Kanban

Applying Kanban techniques to other types of efforts. How to track requirements, decouple work, and leverage the Minimal Marketable Release.

  • Scaling Kanban for Different Size Efforts
  • Minimal Marketable Release
  • Two-Tiered Card Walls
  • Swim Lanes
  • Understand Considerations for Scaling Kanban
  • Learn how Kanban is used by Software Development Teams
  • Using the Minimum Marketable Release to Break Work Down

Part 7: Improvements

Learn how to recognize opportunities for improvement in your Kanban system and what to do about them.

  • Three Types of Improvement Opportunities
  • Estimations
  • Class of Service
  • Service Level Agreements
  • Policies
  • Issue Management and Escalation Policies
  • Optimizing Your Kanban System
  • Practices to Improve Kanban Team Performance
  • Understand Service Level Agreements

Part 8: Kanban Change Initiative

Understand the cultural change components of Kanban. Understand the goals behind the Kanban approach to change.

  • Kaizen Culture
  • Kaizen Mindset
  • Agile Leadership
  • Servant Leader
  • Kotter's Model
  • Continuous Improvement Culture
  • Learn the Role of Continuous Improvement

Part 9: Summary

Summarize key takeaways.

  • Review Key Takeaways
  • Review Kanban Objectives Board
  • Survey Information


In-class exercises help to reinforce the fundamental principles of Kanban and the techniques that will increase its effectiveness. With our exercises, you will learn ways to leverage Kanban and lead your project to success.

  • Review Kanban Emergent Behaviors
  • Building a Kanban Board
  • Documenting a Work Flow
  • Change a Workflow into a Kanban System
  • Kanban Simulation


  • Kanban Pronunciation
  • High Performing Tree
  • Building a Kanban Board
  • Six Sigma Career Day
  • Changing the World
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