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Kanban Bootcamp (2 day workshop)

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 Kanban Workshop 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.

  • 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

Section I: Welcome

  • Summary: General logistics for the class.

  • Topics covered:

    • Housekeeping

    • Course Objectives

    • Introductions

    • Instructor Bio

    • Agenda

    • Kanban Parking Lot


Section II: The Case for Change

  • Summary: 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.

  • Topics covered:

    • What is Lean

    • What is Agile

    • What is Kanban

    • Why Kanban

    • How Kanban differs from other methodologies

    • Difference from Scrum

    • Kanban Team and Roles

  • Objectives From Summary:

    • Benefits of Kanban

    • How Kanban differs from other Agile methodologies


Section III: Kanban Overview and Concepts

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

  • Topics covered:

    • Kanban's 5 Core Properties

    • Kanban Emergent Behaviors

    • General Concepts at high level

  • Objectives From Summary:

    • Kanban origins and evolution

    • The Kanban concepts, principles, and terminology

    • Understand the Kanban core principles


Section IV: Implementing Kanban

  • Summary: 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.

  • Topics covered:

    • Work Item Types

    • Card Walls

    • Workflow

    • Queues and Buffers

    • Cadences

    • Work-in-Progress

    • Bottlenecks

    • Issues and Blocked Items

  • Objectives From Summary:

    • Visualization of Work

    • How to set up a Card Wall

    • Setting Work-in-Process Limits

    • 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


Section V: Metrics and Reporting

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

  • Topics covered:

    • Metrics Overview

    • Tracking Work-in-Process

    • Cumulative Flow Diagram

    • Lead Time

    • Trends

    • Throughput

  • Objectives From Summary:

    • Kanban Metrics and Management Reporting

    • How to use metrics and tracking methods

    • How to optimize the Flow of Work


Section VI: Scaling Kanban

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

  • Topics covered:

    • Scaling Kanban for different size efforts

    • Minimal Marketable Release

    • Two-Tiered Card Walls

    • Swim Lanes

  • Objectives From Summary:

    • Understand considerations for scaling Kanban

    • Learn how Kanban is used by software development teams

    • Using the Minimum Marketable Release to break work down

Section VII: Improvements

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

  • Topics covered:

    • Three types of Improvement Opportunities

    • Estimations

    • Class of Service

    • Service Level Agreements

    • Policies

    • Issue Management and Escalation Policies

  • Objectives From Summary:

    • Optimizing your Kanban system

    • Practices to improve Kanban team performance

    • Understand Service Level Agreements

Section VIII: Kanban Change Initiative

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

  • Topics covered:

    • Kaizen Culture

    • Kaizen Mindset

    • Agile Leadership

    • Servant Leader

    • Kotter's Model

  • Objectives From Summary:

    • Continuous improvement culture

    • Learn the role of Continuous Improvement


Section IX: Summary

  • Summary: Summarize key takeaways.

  • Topics covered:

    • Review Key Takeaways

    • Review Kanban objectives board

    • Survey Information


  • Summary: 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.

  • Topics covered:

    • Review Kanban Emergent Behaviors

    • Building a Kanban board

    • Documenting a work flow

    • Change a workflow into a Kanban system

    • Kanban Simulation


  • Topics covered:

    • Kanban pronunciation

    • High Performing Tree

    • Building a Kanban Board

    • Six Sigma Career Day

    • Changing the World

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