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Introduction to Kanban

Course Code

AG86

Duration

1 Day

General familiarity with Agile principles
This course provides an introduction for teams just beginning their implementation of Kanban as well for teams that are just starting to work together. Participants leave with hands-on knowledge and actionable steps to achieve iterative software development and delivery. Students will learn the basics of Kanban and how to implement it in their environment.
This course is designed for teams or individuals wanting to learn Kanban and apply that knowledge in their work environment.

In this course, participants will:

  • Explain Kanban principles and define basic Kanban terminology.
  • Visualize the workflow by setting up a Kanban board.
  • Create Work Items and add them to the board.
  • Define policies to move Work Items across the board.
  • Set a limit on Work in Progress (WIP).
  • Use metrics to manage flow.
  • Inspect and adapt based on experience.
Module 1: Overview of Kanban
What is Agile?
The Agile Manifesto
Kanban Defined
Key Elements of Kanban
Origins of Kanban
Benefits of Adopting Kanban
Do Your Projects Fit Kanban?

Module 2: Create Cards
Work Item Defined
Work Item Examples
What is the Purpose of Cards?
What Goes on the Card?
Work Item Card Examples
How Big?
Create Work Items

Module 3: Visualize Workflow
Kanban Board Defined
Kanban Board Examples
How to Set Up a Kanban Board
Define Workflow
What is Workflow?
Value Stream Maps
Identify Your Workflow
Map Workflow to Columns
Define Rows on your Kanban Board
Add Boxes
Create Your Board

Module 4: Define Policies
What is a Policy?
Policy Format
Simple Policy Example
How to Draft a Policy
Signs of Policy Problems
Changing the Policies
Putting it Together: A Scenario Walkthrough

Module 5: Limit WIP
What is WIP?
Factors that Influence WIP Limits
Why Set WIP Limits?
Set WIP Limits
Causes of Increased WIP

Module 6: Manage Flow
Continuous Flow – Remove Constraints
Identify Bottlenecks
Push and Pull
Tracking Metrics
Lead Time
Cycle Time
Throughput
Concept: “Little’s Law”
Cumulative Flow Diagram (CFD)
Metrics: Statistical Control Chart
Address Constraints

Module 7: Improve Continuously
Continuous Improvement in Kanban
Inspect & Adapt: Cycle for Change
Ways to Identify Improvements
Walk the Board
Key metrics to drive improvement
Root Cause Analysis
Retrospectives
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