Course Code: 27397

Applied Enterprise Kanban

Class Dates:
2 Days
Class Time:
Instructor-Led Training, Virtual Instructor-Led Training


  • Course Overview
  • Kanban methods have increased in popularity. Going beyond the manufacturing origins, more and more teams in information technology are adopting the practices. Kanban methods go beyond the visual aspects of the Kanban board. In addition to visualizing the work in progress, Kanban provides techniques to manage the flow of work and continuously improve on that flow. You learn how to focus on the work that is needed and reduce the time spent on the wrong work. Other advantages include flexibility of process, increased productivity, and improved efficiency. The concepts are easy to understand yet difficult to master.

    The Applied Enterprise Kanban course provides guidance on Kanban implementation and bootstrapping a Kanban system in your own organization. You will learn how Kanban is a cultural change initiative and what that shift means, how Kanban can be applied to your software development workflow, and how it differs from other development methods.
  • Audience
  • Who Can Benefit
    This is an immersion course and the intent is to engage in the practices every team will employ, this course is recommended for all team members responsible for delivering outstanding software. That includes, but is not limited to, the following roles:

    Business Analyst
    Technical Analyst
    Project Manager
    Software Engineer/Programmer
    Development Manager
    Product Manager
    Product Analyst
    QA Engineer
    Documentation Specialist


Course Details

  • Skills Gained
  • Kanban origins, evolution, and benefits
  • Kanban concepts, principles, and terminology
  • Visualization of Work
  • Limiting Work-In-Process
  • Analyzing the Flow of Work
  • Optimizing your Kanban system
  • Continuous improvement culture
  • Common misunderstandings and pitfalls of Kanban
  • Experiments and analysis to improve team performance
  • Kanban Metrics and Management Reporting
  • Part 1: Welcome and Introductions
  • Housekeeping
  • Course Objectives
  • Introductions
  • Instructor Bio
  • Agenda
  • Part 2: The Case for Change
  • Gain an overall understanding of the basic principles, and benefits of Kanban along with how it differs from other development methodologies. Review similar methodologies practiced in organizations
  • What is Lean, What is Agile, What is Kanban
  • How Kanban differs from other methodologies
  • Difference from Scrum
  • Kanban Team and Roles
  • Benefits of Kanban
  • How Kanban differs from other Agile methodologies
  • Part 3: Kanban Overview and Concepts
  • earn the foundation of Kanban concepts, properties, and terminology. Understand the philosophy behind the Kanban framework and how it originated.
  • Kanban's 5 Core Properties
  • Kanban Emergent Behaviors
  • General Concepts at High Level
  • Kanban Origins and Evolution
  • The Kanban Concepts, Principles, and Terminology
  • Understand the Kanban Core Principles
  • Part 4: Implementing Kanban
  • The best way to understand Kanban is to go through the process of implementing it. This section goes through the various techniques and ceremonies associated with Kanban.
  • Work Item Types, Card Walls, Workflow
  • Queues and Buffers, Cadences, Work-In-Progress
  • Bottlenecks, Issues and Blocked Items, Visualization of Work
  • How to Set Up a Card Wall, Setting Work-In-Process
  • Limiting Work-In-Process, Analyzing the Flow of Work
  • Learn to Build Visualization Methods like a Kanban Board
  • Understand Implementation Approaches
  • How to use Work Item Types
  • Setting Input and Output Limits
  • Part 5: Metrics and Reporting
  • Kanban needs to report slightly different metrics than traditional or Agile project management. Understand how metrics and reporting differs in Kanban.
  • Metrics Overview, Tracking Work-In-Process
  • Cumulative Flow Diagram, Lead Time
  • Trends, Throughput
  • Kanban Metrics and Management Reporting
  • How to use Metrics and Tracking Methods
  • How to Optimize the Flow of Work
  • Part 6: Scaling Kanban
  • Applying Kanban techniques to other types of efforts. How to track requirements, decouple work, and leverage the Minimal Marketable Release.
  • Scaling Kanban for Different Size Efforts
  • Minimal Marketable Release, Two-Tiered Card Walls
  • Swim Lanes, Understand Considerations for Scaling Kanban
  • Learn how Kanban is used by Software Development Teams
  • Using the Minimum Marketable Release to Break Work Down
  • Part 7: Improvements
  • Learn how to recognize opportunities for improvement in your Kanban system and what to do about them.
  • Three Types of Improvement Opportunities
  • Estimations, Class of Service
  • Service Level Agreements
  • Policies, Issue Management and Escalation Policies
  • Optimizing Your Kanban System
  • Practices to Improve Kanban Team Performance
  • Understand Service Level Agreements
  • Part 8: Kanban Change Initiative
  • Understand the cultural change components of Kanban. Understand the goals behind the Kanban approach to change.
  • Kaizen Culture, Kaizen Mindset
  • Agile Leadership
  • Servant Leader
  • Kotter's Model
  • Continuous Improvement Culture
  • Learn the Role of Continuous Improvement
  • Part 9: Summary
  • Summarize key takeaways.
  • Review Key Takeaways
  • Review Kanban Objectives Board
  • Survey Information
  • Exercises
  • Review Kanban Emergent Behaviors
  • Building a Kanban Board
  • Documenting a Work Flow
  • Change a Workflow into a Kanban System
  • Kanban Simulation