Kanban System Design (KSD)

Kaveh Kalantar's picture
Tue, Jul 02, 2019 to Wed, Jul 03, 2019
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KMP Foundation I

This class is the first step toward Kanban Management Professional (KMP) credentials. It is accredited by Lean Kanban University, and is designed for managers, developers, and anyone wanting to deepen their understanding of the Kanban Method. The class includes the use of a Kanban simulation as well as exercises to design an actual Kanban system. You can apply everything the next day at your work for better outcome. 

Course Content & Objectives

Participants will learn how to design a Kanban system and initiate change with Kanban. They will learn the basic concepts of flow, pull, and collaborative improvement. At the end of the training, participants will understand:


How to identify and address bottlenecks

How to work with shifting priorities

How to deal with interrupt work and multi-tasking

How to deal with important but not time-critical work

How to avoid having work pile up in one place (or time) while there is a lack of work in another place

How to create flow in the work, the information to perform the work, and the teams that do the work


The content of this course covers the following topics, presented in the form of interactive exercises organized in small groups, plus games, classroom teaching and discussion.


Controlling Work in Progress (from push to pull)

Visualizing work (designing the card wall)

Measuring and managing flow (control charts, flow diagrams)

Making policies explicit (classes of service)

Managing change and collaborative improvement

Intended as a primer, this course is perfect for those pursuing their Kanban Management Professional (KMP) accreditation and ensures preparedness for Kanban Systems Design (KMP I) and Kanban Systems Management (KMP II).



Day 1 - Overview

Kanban in action

Key elements of a Kanban system, such as commitment points, work item types, classes of service, explicit policies, cadences

Kanban system mechanics, such as pull, replenishment, delivery

Key Kanban system indicators, such as lead time and cumulative-flow diagram


Day 2 - STATIK: the systems thinking approach to introducing Kanban

Kanban case study

Creating context for change

Demand analysis

Workflow visualization

Discovering and designing classes of service

Replenishment and delivery cadences

Kanban system visualization

Both days consist largely of interactive group exercises and games. 


This is the first of two steps to the KMP credential. Order with the KMP II course, Kanban Cadences and receive a 10% discount on the second course.