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I've added an exercise on Kanban's values to the foundational and advanced practitioner training decks. This has become a fixture even at train-the-trainer events and I ran it twice(!) at the recent Kanban Leadership Retreat in Monterey. By popular demand we are releasing it separately under a Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike license.

Recently, Klaus Leopold of Leanability in Vienna has introduced a "flight levels" metaphor to help explain how Kanban training maps to organizational maturity and the focus of improvement for service delivery. This model helps explain how Lean Kanban University training is positioned and why Lean Kanban University training delivers better value than alternative training that offers a shallow understanding of Kanban...

 

Flight Level 3 - End-to-end service delivery workflow

 

Recent changes in Kanban training curriculum has enabled Lean Kanban University to publish the first training roadmap for those learning Kanban for use in creative knowledge worker industries. The new roadmap is illustrated by this simple kanban board...

For those who saw Andy Carmichael's "Shortest Possible Definition of Kanban" talk at Lean Kanban United Kingdom, you will know that he talked about Kanban as having two approaches to scaling: scaling by not scaling through a service-oriented approachland scaling through a scale free assumption. This blog post addresses how that latter assumption is true. Our clarity on this on trult emerged during our Lean Kanban Inc leadership retreat in Phoenix recently where Mike Burrows and I agreed the symmetry of how Kanban scales. It turns out to be remarkably simple. Simplicity is a good thing. We are all for maintaining simplicity and leveraging its powerful nature with respect to complex domain problems.

You scale Kanban by removing infinite queues...

The Kanban Method is well known for its "start with what you do now" evolutionary approach. When I'm training coaches, I train them to be very neutral and with those from the Agile community, I train them to put their Agile advocacy aside with Kanban. The Kanban approach is about evolving to greater agility, if that is what is needed in a business. Not one of "install an Agile method." However ,Kurt Hausler argued, after attended the coaching masterclass, that Kanban does have its biases and that as Kanban coaches we should be more willing to embrace those biases and more transparent about them. The resultant debate in the community has led to the definition of Kanban's 3 Agendas: Sustainability; Service-orientation; Survivability.

LeanKanban University accepted three new Kanban Coaching Professionals (KCPs) on November 5 during the Lean Kanban Central Europe 2013 conference in Hamburg, Germany.  

The Kanban Coaching Professional program offers a professional designation for people coaching Kanban for organizations. These coaches may be embedded within single organizations or operate as independent consultants.

Typically Lean consultants, coming to knowledge work, follow a play book that is in my opinion, almost completely wrong.

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