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Certified Lean Kanban Foundation (KMP 1)

Certified Lean Kanban Foundation-KMP I – 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 do now, 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.

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.

What will you receive?
• 2 days of high quality instruction from Tom Reynolds who has over 25 years experience in software development.
• For courses on our public schedule, 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.

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.

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Learning Objectives

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

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


There are no prerequisites for the Certified Lean Kanban Foundation training course, however students are expected to complete the pre-course reading required.

Course Content

What topics are covered?
• Kanban Introduction
- What is Kanban
- Kanban with a big ‘K’ and little ‘k’
- Kanban to Manage Change
- Kaizen
- Kaikaku
- Principles of the Kanban Method
- Kanban Core Practices
- When is Kanban Typically Used

• Identify Work Items
- Demand analysis
- Handling large work items
- Kanban cards

• Value Streams
- What is a value stream
- Mapping the knowledge discovery process through value stream mapping

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

• Limit Work In Progress (WIP)
- Queuing Theory – Little’s Law
- Calculating Lead Time
- Calculating Throughput
- Calculating WIP
- Calculating Release Time
- Why Limit WIP
- Techniques to Limit WIP
- Where to Apply WIP Limits

• Make Management Policies Explicit
- Definition of ‘done’
- Classes of Service
- Cost of delay

• Measuring and Managing Flow
- Cumulative Flow Diagrams in Relation to Kanban
- How to Produce a Cumulative Flow Diagram
- How to Measure Lead Time
- How to Measure WIP
- How to Measure Flow
- Optimising Flow
- How to use the Cumulative Flow Diagram to Identify Problems
- Five Focusing Steps to Remove Bottlenecks
- Interpreting a control chart
- Interpreting a lead time distribution chart

• Sources of variability
- Sources of dissatisfaction
- The impact of variability
- Techniques & strategies for removing variability

• Cadence and rhythm
- The seven Kanban cadences
- Daily Standups
- Replenishment and commitment
- Delivery planning
- Service review
- Risk review
- Operations Review

• Apply your learning
- Team based realistic simulation of a Kanban system in practice

• Kanban in your organisation (STATIK)
- The context for change
- The steps required to build a Kanban system
- Apply a Kanban system to your organisation

Exams & Certification

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

Those students taking a LKU-accredited course will be eligible to become members of the Lean-Kanban University.

Certificates issued by the LKU for this course will show that the training was delivered by The Agile Mindset with Tom Reynolds as the trainer.


How should I prepare for this course?
The Lean-Kanban University website provides lots of useful Kanban resources.
Please visit: https://edu.leankanban.com/

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