Kanban Jumpstart

Anyone seeking a comprehensive and practical Kanban course that will equip them with the skills required to start a Kanban project.

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Presented by Bruce Keightley, Joe Kearns

Kanban is a method used to evolve any organisation that uses the non-physical inventory of 'knowledge work' to become a Lean system. It is also a team management method, improving the delivery of value through better visibility and limits on work in process. Kanban also promotes better product portfolio management with prioritisation methods for efficient and relevant handling of upcoming work (Lean Kanban University).

Kanban has rapidly gained popularity due to a number of case studies and positive experiences in the Agile/Lean community. Assurity has helped many clients in New Zealand successfully adopt the Kanban method in order to use an evolutionary approach to change.

In this intensive one-day course, you will learn how to use this exciting approach to initiate change based on your own current context. You will learn what it feels like to be on a Kanban team through games and simulations guided by an experienced Kanban coach. This ‘learning by doing’ style of instruction demands an open mind and active participation.

The games and simulations prompt attendees to challenge traditional assumptions and stimulate conversations about how to reduce context switching, identify and reduce bottlenecks and identify and reduce delays in the software process.

After the course, attendees will be able to improve the flow of work, information and value to customers.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course students will understand how to:

  • Accelerate the flow of work using the Kanban method

  • Drive innovation and value creation by reducing cycle time and improving feedback

  • Visualise work and workflow to help identify problems early

  • Move from a push to a pull system by limit work in process (WIP)

  • Manage flow through empirical measurement and reduction of delays

  • Define policies to promote self-organisation and improve team collaboration

  • Use event-driven planning and just-in-time ordering of work to reduce overheads

  • Build a team based on common cultural aspects of high-performing teams

  • Use empirical data to predict delivery dates and understand flow, the importance of building in quality early and current technical practices that help

  • Use capacity allocation to reduce risk

  • Reduce certain types of variability by shaping demand

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