Kanban in Practice

Get to grips with the leading Agile technique for continuous delivery

Kanban is emerging as the definitive process inspection tool for radically reorganising the way organisations manage their work. Though powerful in isolation, many teams choose to 'plug-in' Kanban to their existing Scrum, DSDM or plan-driven frameworks.

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Purpose of this course

This course focuses on how to practically implement Kanban in the workplace. Core concepts are taught, then reinforced by a series of exercises. Throughout the day attention will be given to how Kanban works in real life and time will be devoted to how elements of Kanban can be combined with other Agile/lean methodologies and frameworks.

Who is this course for

This course is suitable for anyone involved in product development, project managers, developers, Scrum Teams and stakeholders. No previous knowledge of Kanban, Agile or lean is assumed.

You will learn how to
  • Visualise workflow to promote transparency and uncover opportunities for process improvement.
  • Limit work in progress to reduce lead times and spot defects in your processes.
  • Manage workflow to ensure continuous delivery of product.
  • Combine Kanban with other Agile and lean frameworks.
Benefits for your organisation

Development teams are increasingly asked to do more with less, Kanban helps to ensure that the most valued work is completed in as short amount of time as possible. It is a particularly useful methodology for organisations who combine their development and support activities and/or operate in a dynamic and unpredictable environment.

Benefits for you as an individual

You’ll learn how limiting work in progress will increase your teams productivity and help you to identify problems and bottlenecks. Kanban will also help you to manage your workload so that you are not only continuously adding maximum value to the business, but also able to give realistic lead times on future requests.

Kanban principles

Three core principles
Three essential practices

Visualising your work

Making policies explicit
The Kanban board

Work items

Design principles
Work-item cards
Types of work
Progress indicators
Work-item size

Work in progress

Understanding WIP
Efforts of too much WIP

Limiting work in progress

Whole board, whole team approach
Column based WIP
Team member based WIP

Managing flow

Why flow?
Helping work to flow
The daily standup
Managing bottlenecks

Classes of service

What is class of service
The urgent case

Planning and estimating

What should you plan?
Estimation techniques

Process improvement

Root cause analysis
Kanban Kata


Common metrics
Statistical Process Control & Cumulative Flow Diagram
Metrics as improvement guides

Kanban pitfalls

The necessary revolution
Kanban and laziness
When to timebox

Kanban & other methodologies

Kanban & XP


There are no prerequisites for this course. Delegates with an understanding of lean and/or Agile will learn how Kanban can work in synergy with those frameworks.

Pre-course work required

One to two hours of blended learning delivered through our virtual learning platform.

About the Lead Trainer

Our Agile ‘evangelist’, it’s safe to say that Howie lives and breathes an Agile life. Never to be seen without a pack of post it notes and a sharpie pen in his back pocket, Howie coaches and trains our customers by sharing his passion for more efficient ways of working.