Kanban: Gentle Change - Measureable Improvement for Business Leaders with Kanban

I attended and successfully completed "Kanban: Gentle Change" course in March 2015.



The course was offered by Berteig Consulting in March 2015, instructed by Travish Birch.
The topics covered in this course were as follow:

Introductions
- Getting to know each other
- Classroom expectations
- Adult learning and accelerated learning (why aren't there any slides?)

Principles of Kanban
- History of Kanban
- Visualize your work
- Limit work in progress (WIP)
- Measure lead time

Kanban Processes and Practices Overview
- What about all the 'details'?

Task Board and Meetings
- Item size
- Optimization of flow
- Exercise: Kanban vs. traditional methods

Empirical Process
- Feedback loop

Metrics
- Average lead time
- Bottlenecks
- Cumulative flow diagram
- Questions to ask to improve process

Kanban Simulation
- Practice using Kanban for a simple work problem

Teams
- Self organizing
- More than one product
- Handling interruptions, changing plans

Kanban, Lean and Agile
- Foundations
- Pull scheduling – JIT (lean)
- Kaizen Principle – empirical – continuous improvement (lean)
- Responding to change (Agile Manifesto)
- Why adopt Kanban?
- Why Kanban v.s. other agile methods?

Pre-Implementation to Implementation
- Start with a retrospective
- Launching teams
- Addressing stakeholders
- Construction of the first Kanban board
- Setting the first WIP limit
- Continual learning is the goal

Workshop – Kanban and Your Work
Q & A

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