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Kanban Training Courses

Whether you are a seasoned Kanban professional or a business leader looking to take the first steps with Kanban, our Kanban Training Courses will get you in the flow.

Become a Kanban Management Professional

Duration - 4 Days

Course Status - Registrations OPEN

Location - Edinburgh

Dates - 16 - 19 September 2019

Early Bird Ends - 16 August 2019

This 4-day hands-on course follows the official Lean Kanban University (LKU) training materials produced by David J Anderson, Mike Burrows and other leading Lean Kanban experts. In the course, you will be involved in regular hands-on exercises and discussions that will focus on the daily operation of a Kanban system and how to extend the kanban system boundary and include multiple value streams.

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Kanban System Design [KMP1]

Duration - 2 Days

Course Status - Registrations yet to OPEN

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The Kanban system design workshop is aimed at anyone in development/delivery of products or services where faster time to market and effective ways of working that ensure reliable and predictable service delivery with quality are key differentiators.

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Kanban Management Professional [KMP2]

Duration - 2 Days

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This is a 2-day interactive workshop that covers how to roll out Lean Kanban in your organisation through understanding Kanban method’s approach to change. This course guides you through the Lean Kanban cadences, service delivery measures and how to continually evolve your kanban system to significantly improve your service delivery.

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Kanban Team Practitioner

Duration - 1 Day

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Kanban Team Practitioner is a one day comprehensive introduction to Kanban method covering what is Kanban method, where it can be applied and what it can achieve for teams who are starting their Kanban journey or who want to know more about Kanban method before they start.

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Why Kanban?

Kanban training is growing in popularity, my hypothesis about the growing popularity of the Kanban Method is that more people are discovering the power of Kanban and how it can help them achieve better outcomes and here is my summary of the growing popularity.

  • Kanban training is actionable and practical and enables the attendees to apply the learning to real work problems and improve how they work a little everyday through gaining agreement for the change by making the reason for change visible and respect for people.
  • Kanban method is applicable at all levels from senior leaders and executives who set the strategy to teams who deliver the strategy.
  • Kanban method provides a lens through which the current ways of working are improved through understanding and evolutionary change.
  • Kanban is a method that enables you to transform your organisation through purposeful and insightful evolutionary change. Kanban method is designed for managing and improving knowledge and creative work.

Visualisation

Knowledge work is unlike physical goods where we can see how the work is flowing and where work is piling up and getting stuck. Kanban requires the process in which the work flows to be made visible which enables us to direct our attention and limited time to where it is needed most.

Without this visualisation there will be many pieces of work that are in flight at different stages of completion and we will not be aware of this problem resulting in very few that are complete leading to longer lead times and poor customer service. Starting many pieces of work, being busy but not finishing work leads to work stress and employee dissatisfaction and increases failure demand. 
Kanban visualises the major knowledge discovery steps.

Kanban method uses visual tokens to represent work items and creates a virtual kanban system which makes the invisible work visible.

Focus

Multitasking dilutes the focus on what matters and what is priority. Kanban creates the necessary focus on delivering what matters by limiting the pieces of work that flow and focusing on completing a piece of work before starting a new one. Limiting the pieces of work reduces the opportunities for multitasking.

Kanban’s daily meeting is designed to reinforce the focus on completion of work and is run from right to left, that is we focus on the activities that are required to move the piece of work from being in progress to done. The focus on finishing what we started before taking in a new piece of work creates better conditions for collaboration by making the piece of work as the key focal point for discussion and asking what we (the team) can do to deliver it.

Limiting the pieces of work that flow through the system, visualisation of how the work is flowing and when it is stuck creates the necessary condition for seeing the problems in flow and addressing the sources of the delay.

Kanban method uses work in progress as an enabling constraint to create a pull system of work and enables better management of the work with improved service delivery.

Kanban's service delivery lens helps you improve your service delivery and evolve your current ways of working.

System Design

Each kanban system is designed based on the understanding of the current system of work through studying it to gain the knowledge required. Kanban’s approach of understanding, designing and evolving the system of work ensures that we don’t end up with a copy & paste or a mandated recipe of best practice for everyone to follow.

Each kanban system is designed with and by the people doing the work who understand the details of the way the work works which respects the people and gains agreement to change and avoids imposed change. Kanban focuses on managing the work and not the worker.

Kanban system creates the conditions for problem solving by making delays to flow visible and their impact known. Kanban teaches us to understand the economics of flow in terms of transaction cost, coordination cost and failure demand and how to design an optimal system of work.

System Performance

Kanban system delivery capability measures enables leaders to make better informed decisions by understanding the organisation’s delivery capability and the visibility of flow.

Kanban enables individuals, teams and departments to stop saying No and say not Now with confidence and understanding and visibility of what work is in progress and when it is likely to complete and when we will have availability for the next piece of work. Kanban creates the balance between customer demand and organisational capability to fulfil the demand 

Kanban’s Approach to change

Kanban acknowledges that the path to change is not a deterministic one, that is not a case of mapping from the current state, to the to be state as a set of steps to get there, but one that requires an understanding of the outcomes we are aiming for and an evolutionary approach to achieving it.

Kanban enables the ways of working to be improved a little everyday leading to big wins through evolutionary change and safe to fail experiments. Small changes carried out with high frequency lead to big wins in shorter time with a much reduced risk.

In summary Kanban method enables better informed decisions taken at every level within the organisation improving the way it works a little everyday.

If you want to change your delivery of work from one that is hidden to a visible, transparent, fast flowing and predictable one then Kanban method is for you.

Value Glide provides the following Kanban courses accredited by the Lean Kanban university.

Kanban Values

  • Transparency
  • Balance
  • Collaboration
  • Customer
  • Focus Flow
  • Leadership
  • Understanding
  • Agreement
  • Respect

 

Practices

  • Visualise
  • Limit WIP
  • Manage Flow
  • Make policies explicit
  • Feedback loops
  • Improve and evolve

Kanban Change Management Principles

  • Start with what you do now
  • Agree to pursue improvements through evolutionary change
  • Encourage acts of leadership at all levels

Kanban Service Delivery Principles

  • Understand and focus on customer needs
  • Manage the work let people self organise around it
  • Evolve policies to improve outcomes