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Certified Lean Kanban Foundation (KMP 1)

Certified Lean Kanban Foundation – Practically Implement Successful Evolutionary Change is a highly interactive two-day course accredited by the Lean-Kanban University (LKU) and provides in-depth training in Kanban practices and the principles that underpin the Kanban method, including a fully immersive Kanban simulation. The Kanban method is an evolutionary approach to change and change management by starting with what you already do; respecting current roles; responsibilities and job titles; encouraging acts of leadership at all levels, and agreeing to pursue incremental, evolutionary change that evolves business processes using a Kaizen approach that reduces the risks associated with complex change programmes.

What will you receive?

2 days of high quality instruction from an experienced trainer and consultant who has 25 years experience in software development.

  • Refreshments before and during the course, including lunch
  • Course materials
  • Membership of the Lean-Kanban University (LKU)
  • Lean-Kanban University (LKU) certificate of course completion
  • 16 Scrum Education Units (SEU’s) can be claimed for this course and used as part of your Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Professional application. See the CSP application process on The Scrum Alliance website for more details.

What will your Learn?

Participants will gain sufficient knowledge about the Kanban Method and related topics to:

  • Lead or guide a team in their adoption of Kanban - from initial visualization and the design of kanban systems through to evolutionary change
  • Answer questions and support the team in day-to-day operation
  • Help teams to identify and resolve hindrances to flow
  • Take measurements and create meaningful metrics that helps the team
  • Evolve process and practice according to team needs in a meaningful way
  • Connect with the Kanban community for the sharing of practical experiences and the development of new ideas and techniques

Who is this course suitable for?

This course is useful for anyone who wants to be successful using Kanban within their organisation or anyone who works with teams utilising Kanban. As such, it will benefit anyone who is involved in using Kanban or considering using Kanban. It will be helpful both to those new to Kanban and those who have explored Kanban but who now want to consolidate their knowledge in a practical setting.
In terms of roles, the course is suitable for Product, Project and Programme Managers, Development Team Members (including but not limited to Architects, Designers, Developers, Testers), Business Analysts and Scrum Product Owners and ScrumMasters who want to enhance their Lean / Agile skillset.
Attending the course as a full team offers a real opportunity for the entire team to experience and learn Kanban together and creates an excellent foundation for them to move forward.


Learning Objectives

Based on the trainer’s practical experience, participants will learn how to:

1. Identify internal and external sources of dissatisfaction
2. Analyze demand vs capability
3. Model the knowledge discovery process
4. Design kanban systems and their visualizations
5. Identify/prioritize improvements
6. Choose cadences for activities
7. Identify classes of service
8. Create a rollout plan, negotiating strategy with stakeholders


There are no prerequisites for the course, however students are expected to complete the required pre-course reading.

Course Content

1. Kanban Introduction

  • a. What is Kanban
  • b. Kanban with a big ‘K’ and little ‘k’
  • c. Kanban to Manage Change
  • i. Kaizen
  • ii. Kaikaku
  • d. Principles of the Kanban Method
  • e. Kanban Core Practices
  • f. When is Kanban Typically Used

2. Identify Work Items

  • a. Demand analysis
  • b. Handling large work items
  • c. Kanban cards
  • d. Sizing work items

3. Value Streams

  • a. What is a value stream
  • b. Mapping the knowledge discovery process through value stream mapping

4. Kanban Boards

  • a. The relationship between a Kanban Board and the value stream
  • b. Setting up and using a Kanban Board
  • c. Different options for Kanban Boards
  • d. Queues and buffers

5. Limit Work In Progress (WIP)

  • a. Queuing Theory – Little’s Law
  • b. Calculating Lead Time
  • c. Calculating Throughput
  • d. Calculating WIP
  • e. Calculating Release Time
  • f. Why Limit WIP
  • g. Techniques to Limit WIP
  • h. Where to Apply WIP Limits

6. Make Management Policies Explicit

  • a. Definition of ‘done’
  • b. Classes of Service
  • c. Cost of delay
  • d. Service Level Agreements

7. Measuring and Managing Flow

  • a. Cumulative Flow Diagrams in Relation to Kanban
  • b. How to Produce a Cumulative Flow Diagram
  • c. How to Measure Lead Time
  • d. How to Measure WIP
  • e. How to Measure Flow
  • f. Optimising Flow
  • g. How to use the Cumulative Flow Diagram to Identify Problems
  • h. Five Focusing Steps to Remove Bottlenecks
  • i. Interpreting a control chart
  • j. Interpreting a lead time distribution chart

8. Sources of variability

  • a. Sources of dissatisfaction
  • b. The impact of variability
  • c. Techniques and strategies for removing variability

9. Empirical Feedback

  • a. Improvement Kata
  • b. Cadence and Rhythm
  • c. Daily Standups
  • d. Retrospectives
  • e. Operations Review

10. Apply your learning

  • a. Team based realistic simulation of a Kanban system in practice

11. Kanban in your organisation

  • a. The context for change
  • b. The steps required to build a Kanban system
  • c. Apply a Kanban system to your organisation
  • d. Prepare a roll-out plan for your organisation

Exams & Certification

This course has been accredited by David J Anderson (creator of the Kanban method) and Lean-Kanban University (LKU).

Students taking a LKU-accredited course will be eligible to become members of the Lean-Kanban University and will have met the requirements of the Kanban Management Professional 1 (KMP1) designation.

To read about the benefits and learn more, visit the LKU website: http://leankanbanuniversity.com/.

Certificates will be ssued by the LKU for this course


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