Certified Kanban System Design (KMP1)

What is this course?

Live Online Training
To overcome the challenges currently associated with attending in-person training, agil8 have adapted the delivery of this course into a live online training format with added focus on how to work using agile with remote team members.

Utilising live video, alongside online collaboration tools, we’re able to replicate the interactive nature of our face-to-face training within a virtual environment. As such, individuals can undertake this training from their home, or any other remote location.

Online Delivery Method
The online Certified Kanban System Design (KMP1) course will be delivered via 3 x 4.5 hour sessions. Please note that the start and finish times listed for each of the respective course dates refer to GMT time zone.


Course Content
Certified Kanban System Design is a highly interactive, and fast-paced course accredited by the Kanban University and meeting the requirements of Kanban Management Professional 1 (KMP1). The course provides in-depth training in Kanban practices and the principles that underpin the Kanban method, including a fully immersive Kanban simulation. This course is delivered both as a public schedule course and as a private, in-house course.

The Kanban method is an evolutionary approach to change and change management which starts with what you do now, respecting current roles, responsibilities and job titles, and encouraging acts of leadership at all levels. By agreeing to pursue incremental, evolutionary change that evolves business processes using a Kaizen approach the risks associated with complex change programmes can be reduced.

Participants will gain knowledge about the Kanban Method and related topics in order to be able to:

  • Lead or guide a team in their adoption of Kanban – from initial visualisation and the design of Kanban systems through to evolutionary change
  • Answer questions and support the team with day-to-day operations
  • Help teams to identify and resolve hindrances to flow
  • Take measurements and create meaningful metrics that help the team
  • Evolve process and practice according to team needs in a meaningful way
  • Connect with the Kanban community for the sharing of practical experiences and the development of new ideas and techniques

We run the Certified Kanban System Design (KMP1) and Certified Kanban Management Professional (KMP2) courses together, and for selected (back to back) course dates we offer an increased discount when both courses are booked together. Please get in touch for further details.

Upcoming Course Dates

Location Start date Price ex VAT
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Live Online (9.00am-1.30pm) 11 May - 3 days £995Tom Reynolds
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Live Online (9.00am-1.30pm) 09 Jun - 3 days £895*Tom Reynolds
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What will you learn?

Based on the trainer’s practical experience, participants also will learn how to:

  • Identify internal and external sources of dissatisfaction
  • Analyse demand vs capability
  • Model the knowledge discovery process
  • Design Kanban systems and their visualisations
  • Identify/prioritise improvements
  • Choose cadences for activities
  • Identify classes of service
  • Create a rollout plan, negotiating strategy with stakeholders

What our delegates say

“This course is jam packed full of excellent discussions, exercises and practical examples. An excellent course”
Jason Nickels
Certified Kanban Foundation (KMP1) course with Tom Reynolds

Meet your trainers

Tom ReynoldsTom Reynolds
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helenHelen Meek
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What topics will be covered?

This workshop is deliberately very hands on and will take advantage of numerous exercises, games and Kanban simulations throughout the course alongside instructor-led discussions and presentations. The Kanban method is based on six practices which, following an Overview, will form the basis of the topics that will be covered:

  • Kanban Introduction
    • What is Kanban
    • Kanban with a big ‘K’ and little ‘k’
    • Kanban to Manage Change
      • Kaizen
      • Kaikaku
    • Principles of the Kanban Method
    • Kanban Core Practices
    • When is Kanban typically used
  • Identify Work Items
    • Demand analysis
    • Handling large work items
    • Kanban cards
    • Sizing work items
  • Value Streams
    • What is a Value Stream
    • Mapping the knowledge discovery process through Value Stream mapping
  • Kanban Boards
    • The relationship between a Kanban Board and the Value Stream
    • Setting up and using a Kanban Board
    • Different options for Kanban Boards
    • Queues and buffers
  • Limit Work in Progress (WIP)
    • Queuing Theory: Little’s Law
    • Calculating Lead Time
    • Calculating Throughput
    • Calculating WIP
    • Calculating Release Time
    • Why Limit WIP
    • Techniques to Limit WIP
    • Where to Apply WIP Limits
  • Make Management Policies Explicit
    • Definition of ‘done’
    • Classes of Service
    • Cost of delay
    • Service Level Agreements
  • Measuring and Managing Flow
    • Cumulative Flow Diagrams in Relation to Kanban
    • How to produce a Cumulative Flow Diagram
    • How to measure Lead Time
    • How to measure WIP
    • How to measure Flow
    • Optimising Flow
    • How to use the Cumulative Flow Diagram to identify problems
    • Five focusing steps to remove bottlenecks
    • Interpreting a control chart
    • Interpreting a lead time distribution chart
  • Sources of Variability
    • Sources of dissatisfaction
    • The impact of variability
    • Techniques and strategies for removing variability
  • Empirical Feedback
    • Improvement Kata
    • Cadence and Rhythm
    • Daily Standups
    • Retrospectives
    • Operations Review
  • Apply your learning
    • Team based realistic simulation of a Kanban system in practice
  • Kanban in your organisation
    • The context for change
    • The steps required to build a Kanban system
    • Apply a Kanban system to your organisation
    • Prepare a roll-out plan for your organisation
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