'Heavy-weight,' cumbersome and process-centric project management methods tend to place more emphasis on delivering to the requirement specification than providing quality and value. While agile methodologies such as Scrum resolve many of the issues faced by waterfall or traditional management, they each come with their own unique set of challenges. Namely, a long list of prerequisites, that if not met, can ultimately lead to a failed implementation of Agile.
The success (or failure) of many Agile methods is influenced by factors such as: company maturity, team maturity, allocation of team members to multiple projects, effective product ownership, transparency, and visualization. Scrum may suit some, but it isn't easy to use in organizations with a strong control-and-command culture. It is also a challenge to scale Scrum to the program and portfolio level, as it is (by nature) better suited to smaller projects. [MORE]
If you face similar issues, Kanban might be just what you need. One significant benefit of using Kanban is that it respects an organization's current roles, titles, hierarchies, and starts the improvement process from there.
Kanban makes sense from a project management perspective. With Kanban, you are always working on the most important activities first, as quickly as you can. There are some similarities with Scrum, for example, visualization and feedback loops. With Kanban, however, you can handle different types of work on one board. With Kanban, you can capture and measure all various work types, including technical work, repetitive work (e.g., meetings, status, and risk reporting), subcontractors' work, and unexpected work. It allows you to get a holistic view of your project as it is visualized on the Kanban board, and best of all, you get rid of your project plans, activity lists, and Excel sheets.
Kanban certifications look great on any CV. They make it easy for employers, clients, and customers to verify your Kanban management skills. In addition, this certification doesn't require candidates to sit a certification exam and is valid for life!
Who should attend Kanban training?
Kanban courses are suitable for any of the following:
- Anyone who wants to be successful using Kanban within their organisation or anyone who works with teams utilising Kanban.
- Those new to Kanban and those who have explored Kanban but who now want to consolidate their knowledge in a practical setting.
- Traditional and Agile business roles (including project managers, development team members, business analysts, scrum product owners and scrum masters) who want to enhance their Agile skillset.
- Whole teams who want the opportunity to experience and learn Kanban together, creating an excellent foundation for them to move forward together!
Kanban training can be applied to a wide variety of industries and businesses of any size. Whether you’re in a leadership role, development role or otherwise, a good understanding of the Kanban method is an invaluable way to make yourself and your teams more productive and demonstrate to peers and employers that you understand how to achieve high levels of quality and throughout.
Benefits to individuals
- Kanban certification is the perfect complement to any project management or agile project management certification. The two go hand-in-hand and are a great way to show potential employers you understand the intricacies of team management, leadership, and risk management. Kanban is equally suited to both iterative and waterfall development.
- Kanban is a Lean agile method and as such, is concerned with resource allocation and waste reduction. Kanban makes it easier to see if team members are under or overburdened. Kanban also helps identify both wasteful processes and bottlenecks. Kanban project management allows project managers to notice these issues and address them accordingly.
- Kanban improves office morale. Kanban allows teams to work autonomously without the constant stress and hassle of micromanagement. When done correctly, Kanban will help your teams work at a steady and sustainable pace. As Kanban manages their work and displays progress visually, developers are more likely to take responsibility for the quality of their work.
- Kanban helps improve communication. As Kanban boards can be made accessible to everyone involved in a project, it helps foster communication and collaboration skills. Kanban can also help reduce the information gap between the business and development side of projects, bringing stakeholders, business roles, and development roles together.
- Kanban is a simple and intuitive system to learn. Our courses included the use of Kanban simulations, giving candidates a real-time demonstration of how the system works and how Kanban can work for you. It’s also perfect for beginners. You don’t need to be a project management expert to understand the benefits and applications of Kanban!
- Kanban training makes you a better leader and co-worker. Kanban follows agile principles based on practical, human requirements. It follows the idea that when work is made easier, people are happier, more willing to cooperate, and better able to create high-quality products.
Benefits to organizations
- Every Kanban system is unique. Kanban does not propose a uniform approach to management. It allows businesses to evaluate the way they work - taking into account the demand for work to be done, the ability to deliver work, when work starts, how it is handled, constraints and dependencies, and whether the customer is satisfied.
- Kanban University courses teach how to measure workflow. With this comes predictability. Predictability results in happier customers. Kanban ensures the most important work is finished first and that more gets done overall without adding to staff or budget.
- Kanban is about iterative change. At the start, only small changes are made to address key areas of concern. Small, gradual changes result in a smooth transition that gets big results without loss of productivity.
- Kanban never relies on speculation. The Kanban method revolves around measurement, validation and actual performance. It is a scientific method. When a problem arises, Kanban can deduce a solution through a deliberate process rather than guesswork.
- Kanban leaders worldwide continue to work on the improvement of the Kanban method. Kanban approaches now cover topics like product validation, portfolio management, depth charting, capacity allocation, motivational models, and much more.
- Kanban allows organizations to evaluate the associated risks for different work types and adjust how work is handled accordingly. Kanban's risk management is intuitive and straightforward, allowing managers and leaders at all enterprise levels to start thinking in terms of organizational risk when they make decisions.
- Kanban has several methods that helps improve how developers handle work requests. It also helps reduce delay and other factors that might reduce productivity.
- Kanban isn't just for IT. It works for all professional services that produce work that is not a physical item, including digital products or services. Kanban can be used effectively in education, legal, sales, marketing, design, media, customer support, financial, research, insurance and other industries!
- Kanban works both in small start-ups and organizations with thousands of employees. Kanban University offers a roadmap for improving enterprise agility and offers multiple tools for strategy and enterprise risk management.
Kanban Systems Improvement (KMP II) course features
Certificate: Certified Kanban Management Professional.
Prerequisites: Kanban System Design (KMP I).
Format: Virtual classroom.
Duration: 3 days.
Course code: KMP2
Kanban Systems Improvement (KMP II) course details
- Duration: 3 days.
- Times: 9.00 am – 1.30 pm.
In this course, candidates build upon what they have learned in Kanban System Design (KMP I). Course topics include improving agility with asymmetrical commitment and cadences, the details of recommended Kanban meetings, handling metrics, and setting policy.
This Kanban course requires that candidates first complete the Kanban System Design (KMP I) course.
Building an information flow
- Feedback loops and service delivery.
- Commitment and replenishment.
- Kanban meetings.
- Delivery planning.
- Operations review.
- Risk review.
- Understanding WIP limits.
- Understanding asymmetrical commitment.
Rollout phases for a Kanban initiative
- ‘Proto’ Kanban.
- ‘Discovery’ Kanban.
- Kanban roles.
- Scaling out across an organisation.
- Definition of the Kanban method.
- Kanban values.
- Evolutionary change vs. planned change.
- Fitness criteria.
Identifying Improvement Opportunities
- Managing bottlenecks.
- Understanding variability.
- Removing delays.
- Understand lead time.
- Managing economic costs.
This 3-day Certified Kanban Systems Improvement (KMP II) training course will give you a good understanding of Kanban principles and practices. Successful candidates will learn how to:
- Deal with resistance to work in progress (WIP) limits.
- Explain and use asymmetrical commitment.
- Implement the rollout phases for a Kanban initiative.
- Develop a service orientated approach.
- Manage evolutionary change.
- And much more!
Kanban Systems Improvement (KMP II) exam
There is no exam for the Kanban Systems Improvement (KMP II) course.
Candidates who attend the full course will have their attendance recorded and, provided they have attended a Kanban System Design (KMP I) course, will be given the Kanban Management Professional certification.
Pre-requisites: Kanban System Design (KMP I).
3-day Kanban Systems Improvement (KMP II) course
- days of high-quality instruction from an experienced Kanban practitioner and professional Kanban trainer.
- Course materials.
- Membership to the Kanban University.
- Digital KMP status certificate attached to Kanban University website profile.
- KMP badge on the Kanban University website.
- KMP badge file for use in professional websites, business cards and other locations.
- Eligibility for special invitations, discounts, and content only available to LKU members.
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Why choose us?
Keith Richards, the founder of agileKRC was the Lead Author of Dynamic Systems Development Methodology (DSDM Atern) and PRINCE2 Agile®.
Keith has been at the forefront of the agile movement in the UK and has helped to bring agile project management to a wider audience.
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All courses are accredited by Kanban University.
All course content is delivered by a professionally certified Kanban trainer, approved by the Kanban University.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, all agile certification courses have been replaced with virtual classroom courses.
Features of a virtual learning environment
Agile virtual classroom courses are a great learning alternative if you want to get your agile certification with the help of an accredited instructor.
What you need
- Any home computer or mobile device.
- Web browser software.
- Audio device.
- Internet connection.
Our virtual classes use the latest educational technology. These are some of the tools which you will use in our virtual classroom:
- Interactive whiteboards.
- Video between you, your trainer and other students.
- Recordings of the classes which you can playback later.
- Online chat rooms where you can talk with other students and get feedback from your instructor.
- Online exam simulators.
- Online quizzes.
- Online live exams.
- Offline materials to support online teaching.
Benefits of virtual classroom training
Our virtual classes provide all the benefits of distance education combined with an interactive, social learning in an online training environment.