Kanban Thinking: Becoming a Learning Organisation

What is This Course?

Kanban Thinking is a model for becoming a learning organisation. It starts with understanding the current challenge as a systemic problem and imagining the potential impacts of solving or ignoring that problem. Possible interventions are explored by studying context, sharing understanding, stabilising work, sensing capability and searching alternatives. The end result is an approach that focuses on developing people so they are able to continuously respond to new challenges, rather than concentrating on implementing existing solutions to previous challenges.

This is a 2 day, interactive class, during which participants will learn the concepts being introduced by practising them, working through populating a Kanban Canvas - a large single page sheet that describes the Kanban Thinking model. Games, exercises and discussion will be interleaved to explore key topics in more detail.

What Will You Learn?

At the end of the 2 days, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the purpose of a Kanban system and challenge it is trying to address
  • Express the fitness of a Kanban system to its desired purpose
  • Apply techniques to study the current context and learn more about the work
  • Design visualisations which share a common understanding of the work
  • Define Work In Process limits and explicit policies which will stabilise the work
  • Choose measures and meeting cadences which generate a sense of current capability
  • Identify experiments which will help to search for potential improvements

What Topics Will Be Covered?

The following topics will be covered while working through a Kanban Canvas to explore the design of Kanban systems. An exercise will be used to create a common context to be used for this exploration.

  • Kanban Basics
    • Kanban Roots
    • The Kanban Method
    • Scrum Process and Sprints
    • Kanban Thinking
  • Identifying the System
    • System Perspectives
    • Complexity Thinking
    • Evolutionary Change
  • Making an Impact
    • Use of Narrative
    • Fitness for Purpose
  • Studying the Context
    • Demand Analysis
    • Classes of Service
    • Value Stream Mapping
  • Sharing the Understanding
    • Dimensions of Work
    • Visualisation Patterns
    • Designing Kanban Boards
  • Stabilising the Work
    • Work In Process Limits
    • Capacity Allocation
    • Explicit Policies
  • Sensing the Capability
    • Feedback Loops
    • Outcome Metrics
    • Meeting Cadences
  • Searching the Landscape
    • Learning Models
    • Scientific Method
    • Defining Experiments

What Will You Receive?

  • 2 days of high quality instruction from agil8 associate, Karl Scotland, who has over 20 years' experience in software development
  • For courses on our public schedule, refreshments before and during the course, including drinks and lunch
  • Course materials handbook
  • Agil8 Community membership including face-to-face and virtual networking and knowledge sharing opportunities, access to industry experts, special offers and invitations to special events
  • 14 Category B Scrum Alliance Education Units (SEUs) can be claimed for this course and used as part of your Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) application. See the CSP application process on the Scrum Alliance website for more details.

Who Is This Course Suitable For?

If your organisation has unique challenges such as specialist skills, mixed technologies, unpredictable demand, variety of work or regulatory constraints, then Kanban Thinking can help you. Learn how to use the model, with its heuristics and questions, to create your own Kanban systems, tailored to meet your specific needs and able to adapt as your situation changes.

This course is useful for anyone who wants to be successful using Kanban within their organisation or anyone who works with teams utilising Kanban. As such, it will benefit anyone who is involved in using Kanban or considering using Kanban. It will be helpful both to those new to Kanban and those who have explored Kanban, but who now want to consolidate their knowledge in a practical setting.

In terms of roles, the course is suitable for Product, Project and Programme Managers, Development Team Members (including but not limited to Architects, Designers, Developers and Testers), Business Analysts and Scrum Product Owners and ScrumMasters who want to enhance their Lean/Agile skillset.

If run as an in-house course, then attending the course as a full team offers a real opportunity for the entire team to experience and learn Kanban together and creates an excellent foundation for them to move forward.

Are There Any Prerequisites For This Course?

Whilst there are no formal pre-requisites for this course, the following materials may be helpful to review prior to attending the course:

How Should You Prepare For This Course?

There are no pre-requisites for the course, however students are expected to complete the pre-reading required.

What about Certification?

This course provides 14 Category B Scrum Alliance Education Units (SEUs) towards Certified Scrum Professional (CSP). To learn more about the CSP certification, please see here.

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