Kanban Experience Workshop

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Course Overview

The Kanban Experience Workshop provides participants an experience of Kanban along with the theory required to understand it. Kanban is based on systems thinking and Lean-flow - concepts which are not always self-evident but are self-verifiable when experienced.  The course gives a short background of how delays in our workflow cause waste.  It then presents the Kanban team management method in stages. Discussions follow each stage which allows for deeper learning as well as an understanding of what’s missing.  This “missing” piece is then presented in the next stage – providing an understanding why each practice in Kanban is important.

The essence of Kanban - explicit workflow; visibility; managing work-in-progress; methods for balancing workflow; how removing delays reduces waste – is presented in this stepwise manner allowing for both experience and understanding of each.

Time is left at the end of the day to discuss topics that will be valuable for Kanban teams – the need for service classes, cost of delay, acceptance test-driven development. This course is intended to those who want to undertake Kanban as a team method and want a quick start in how to do it.

Come as a team. This course is designed for both individual and team play.  Have your teams experience how teams work together in Kanban. Special team pricing available.

Good for those wanting to transition from Scrum to Kanban (or just improve their Scrum). Many people are transitioning from Scrum to Kanban because of Kanban's great flexibility in where it can be used, it's ability to accelerate Agile adoptions and it's higher collaboration with management.  However, many people wanting to stay with Scrum are also recognizing the core Kanban practices can be incorporated into Scrum fairly easily while achieving significant results.  This course will be useful for both.

User-group coordinators: please contact Al Shalloway about how you and Net Objectives can co-promote an offering for your membership that provides them lower tuition than normal and you some revenue to help your group.

Course Objectives: 
  • Learn basic Kanban practices
  • Understand why limiting work in progress is important
  • Learn why large stories can block work
  • Learn why it is important to have development and testing in synch with each other
  • Understand why work must be organized with the release plan in mind
  • Understand how acceptance test-driven development helps flow
  • Understand the main tenet of Kanban as a transition model to effective software development
  • Learn how to create a Kanban board and have it reflect your work methods
  • Have an experience of Kanban

See Using the Kanban Experience Workshop to Implement Kanban to see how to extend what you will learn in the course.

Target Audience:

Primary Audience: 

This course is intended for several audiences:

  • Teams wanting to explore what Kanban is prior to implementing it.
  • Scrum teams wanting to improve their Scrum methods by learning the principles that drive Kanban and can be incorporated into Scrum
  • People wanting to learn about Agile by understanding Kanban

Developers, testers, product owners, product managers, Scrummasters, project managers.

No knowledge of Agile necessary. 

All the Details

Category: Scrum and Kanban

Level: Foundational

Length: 1 Day

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Certification and PDUs
7 PDUs Category B
Maximum Number in Class
48 (Approximate. Depends upon make up and experience level of team.)
Room Setup and Equipment Needed

Square or round tables set up as pods of 6 attendees each.