Kanban Introduction

Kanban has become a popular method for managing work in the IT industry, a similar approach is sometimes referred to Lean Software development. Kanban is the application of the lean production principles primarily learned from the Toyota production system (TPS).

The key concept is focusing on mapping the workflow and on reduction of lead-time and work in progress. Everything Lean starts with value stream mapping, key parameters often monitored are Lead time and Throughput.

This training course takes the participants through an overview of the Lean universe with a special focus on implementing Kanban. There is also focus on understanding the differences between Kanban and other methodologies like Scrum.

Lean and Kanban is much closer to production thinking with the constant flow of work-items. It is especially well suited to situations where requests for workitems occur spontaneusly and the planning of iterations and sprints as in Scrum becomes hard. Kanban is more event driven. The participants will be able to discern for themselves what method is appropriate in their situation. The agenda for the day is as follows:


Connection to Lean and historical background

Kanban and Lean fundamentals

  • Value stream mapping
  • Making things visible, states and queues
  • Limiting Work in progress, Lead and Throughput

Different classes of work and services

Kanban game

How does Kanban relate to Scrum

Identifying and reducing waste

Examples of Kanban implementations

Reporting and metrics

The participants receives electronic copies of presentations and material produced, a toolkit of templates and checklists plus proof of participation.