Product Management with Kanban in San Francisco (SF Kanban Week)

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Fri, Mar 31, 2017
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Kanban Advanced Practitioner Training

There are two sides to product-market fit: what the customers want, and what you are capable of delivering. This advanced course covers management practices in dynamic product development environment. We will answer questions like 'how do I use Lean Startup methods and still plan for the future?' or 'what is the right choice to make given all the market feedback we get from customer-focused development?'

This is an intensive day - participating in the KMP I or KMP II course just prior will add to the understanding of the concepts introduced here. However if you are actively struggling with managing your product at a road map or portfolio level you should experience 'instant relief' from learning these tools and techniques.


Managers, product managers and  team members wanting to get control over product planning (the 'upstream' part of  a Kanban system) will be able to:

  • Apply the latest, cutting-edge techniques of future-oriented leadership teams to continue to make the right decisions and communicate these effectively
  • Align efforts top-to-bottom and end-to-end with visualization
  • Create an innovation engine using Discovery Kanban
  • Create room for change in the product portfolio
  • Continuously identify new opportunities for higher value and competitiveness
  • Pro-actively balance product and service improvement with operational, infrastructure and internal improvement

The purpose of these courses is to train managers to become faster and more responsive, learn better risk management and governance of the processes and results under their responsibility. The methods benefit organizations immediately with increased transparency, certainty and alignment.

* Class size is limited!


Day 1: Expert Management to Do the Right Things

The morning is spent taking a broader and more robust approach to managing risk - going beyond KMP II focus on scheduling to avoiding late delivery.

Participants will learn:

  • How to look at their prospective portfolio of work in a road map and evaluate options against each other, considering multiple conflicting priorities and risks
  • Multiple dimensions for assinging 'classes of service' to work items at portfolio and management levels (products, campaigns, initiatives, acquisitions, etc.)
  • Qualitative comparative assessment - easy to determine with a high level of confidence (and agreement among competing managers) - of cost of delay, payout function, strategic impact, market role, and 'missing out on the opportunity'
  • How to apply this to portfolio road map decisions and sequencing large chunks of work

You will be given an assignment to take back to work to help you get started


We spend the afternoon on Discovery Kanban (upstream Kanban). This extends on the strategies for improvement from KMP II with demand shaping and especially on how to reduce speculative demand. 

  • A process for converting opportunities into options, comparing and selecting options - in other words how as a manager you leverage Lean Startup and other rapid customer discovery techniques to move portfolio options closer to the commitment point
  • How to structure and manage 'upstream Kanban' (Discovery Kanban)
  • Capacity allocation method that decreases management overhead and increases transparency and alignment
  • How to tie corporate goal-setting like OKR to an evolutionary discovery process in your portfolio management and product road map



You don't have to attend the KMP I or KMP II courses - we will very briefly review this content, but the focus is different. 

To learn more about building a mature company that can handle continuous experiments and innovation, I strongly recommend you read one of these free short ebooks, or read either the original Kanban Method book by David J. Anderson or Kanban From the Inside by Mike Burrows. (One of these books is included in your registration - your choice).

Should you take this course?

Take this course if you are a Product Manager who need to select the right work for their portfolio, balance short and long term value, and coordinate with competing priorities like operations. Please ask me if you have any questions. Your job title doesn't need to be ' Product Manager', but if you are responsible for product-market fit, take this course.

Accredited Kanban Trainer, Lean Kanban University


  • Participant substitutions are allowed anytime until the start of the class
  • Refunds are provided as follows: 30 days or more, 100%; 15 days or more, 50%
  • No cancellations within 14 days are refunded
  • The organizer reserves the right to cancel classes and refund all money if registrations are insufficient


Choice of:

  1. Electronic copy of the book “Kanban – Successful Evolutionary Change for Your Technology Business” by David J. Anderson
  2. Electronic copy of the short ebook "Essential Kanban: Condensed Guide" by by David J Anderson, AKT and Andy Carmichael, KCP
  • Lean-Kanban University (LKU) certificate of course completion
  • Lean-Kanban University (LKU) KMP designation
  • Electronic copy of the presentation slides
  • Membership of the Lean-Kanban University (LKU) and access to the members’ only sections of the LKU website
  • Lunch is included.