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Certified Kanban System Design Training Course

Learn How To Lead Or Guide A Team In Their Adoption Of Kanban


Our three-day Certified Kanban System Design training course is highly interactive, fast-paced, and accredited by the Kanban University and meeting the requirements of Kanban Management Professional 1 (KMP1). Our Certified Kanban System Design training 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.

Please Note

You can book this course and hold it in credit until you have decided on a specific course date. Alternatively, please view our other course dates.
Exam Not Included
3 Days
£895Excl. VAT

Course Syllabus

Our Certified Kanban System Design training course 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

Learning Outcomes

The Kanban method is an evolutionary approach to change and change management that 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.

You 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

Who Should Attend

Our Certified Kanban System Design training 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.

What's Included

  • High-quality instruction from a highly experienced trainer
  • Course materials
  • Membership of the Kanban University
  • Kanban University certificate on course completion
  • 15 Scrum Alliance SEUs (Scrum Education Units) which can be used to maintain current Scrum Alliance certifications

Entry-Level Requirements

There are no formal pre-requisites for this course however some familiarity with Agile methods would be helpful and students are expected to complete the pre-course reading required.

Recommended Reading

Please note that our Certified Kanban System Design training course is fast-paced and can be demanding in terms of attention during the course. In addition to the Live Online Training sessions, there will also be between 1-1.5 hours of homework after days 1 and 2, and so time should be set aside in advance for this. It is not recommended that too many meetings/work are scheduled during the days that the course takes place.

The Kanban University website includes several useful Kanban resources. The following is recommended as useful introductory material for those new to Kanban:

  • What is Kanban? including What is Kanban Podcast and Ten Things You Should Know About Kanban
  • Essential Kanban: Condensed Guide by David J Anderson and Andy Carmichael (92 pages)

In addition, course preparation exercises will be set by the trainer, ahead of your training. Further information about this will be provided as part of your pre-course joining instructions/preparation materials.

Exam Information

Our Certified Kanban System Design training course has been accredited by David J Anderson (creator of the Kanban method) and the Kanban University, and meets the requirements for the Kanban Management Professional (KMP1) certification.

You will receive a Kanban University certificate on course completion.

Exam Type

No Exam


Our Certified Kanban System Design training course has been accredited by David J Anderson (creator of the Kanban method) and the Kanban University, and meets the requirements for the Kanban Management Professional (KMP1) certification. You will receive a

What's Next

Our two-day ICAgile - Agile Fundamentals training course will help you to understand the principles of Agile and in particular, Scrum. You will work in teams to produce a piece of work over a series of sprints. In addition to understanding the rules of Scrum, the team will also appreciate how Scrum can be blended with other complementary practices such as Kanban. You will experience the value of cross-functional teams and the benefits that agile frameworks such as Scrum provide.

Additional Information

You will walk away with knowledge about the following:

  • 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

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