Kanban Essentials

Organizations are increasingly challenged with finding ways to cut waste and optimize their processes. More and more companies are adopting Lean and Kanban methods as part of their approach to work management.   Kanban works great for projects, production support, smaller initiatives, or for the team with constantly shifty priorities. This course will help you understand how Agile, Kanban, and Scrum can be combined (Scrumban) to deliver value for your organization.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the value of Kanban
  • Evaluate when to use Kanban
  • Compare and contrast Kanban and Scrum
  • Demonstrate the value of reducing work in progress (WIP)
  • Evaluate why Kanban can be more difficult to adapt and maintain
  • Create custom Kanban boards and processes

What You’ll Learn

  • Kanban overview
    • Kanban Manifesto & Principles
    • Kanban Teams
    • Comparing: Scrum, Kanban, Scrumban
    • Ceremonies
    • How to conduct a Kanban Standup
    • Building a Scrumban calendar
  •  Writing effective User Stories
    • Story decomposition (Theme, Epic, Story)
    • Writing good User Stories
    • Best Practices: I-N-V-E-S-T
    • Sizing\Estimating
  • Kanban
    • Moving work items through the Process Flow
    • Small Batches (Queueing Theory Basics)
    • Working in small batches
    • Work in Progress: How limiting work in progress increases efficiency.
    • Real-World Examples of Kanban
  • Process Mapping
    • Eliminating Sources of Waste in Development
    • Visualizing the Workflow
    • Activity: Creating your first board
  • Understanding Class of Service
    • Defining Class of Services
    • Working with Product Owners
      • Definition of Done
      • Definition of Ready
      • Activity: Refining your board
  • Refining your Kanban process
    • Retrospective
    • Continuous Improvement
  • Metrics
    • Tracking Metrics
    • Lead Time
    • Cycle Time
    • Continuous Flow
    • How to manage stakeholders and set expectations
    • Activity: Using Metrics for process improvements; identify and resolve hindrance to flow

Who Should Attend?

  • Team Members
  • Scrum Masters
  • Product Owners
  • Developers
  • Testers
  • Business Analysts
  • Agile Project Managers
  • Managers
  • Stakeholders