Applying Professional Kanban

Planning Information

The duration of this course is 2 Days.
Classes are priced from $1,495.00. See individual sessions for details.


Kanban is fast becoming the modern way to manage an organization’s delivery of customer value. In today’s always-on environment, you need a clear set of practices that do not get in the way of your ability to continuously deliver but that provides enough structure to keep everyone aligned and focused. This two-day course will give you an in-depth introduction to improving your team’s effectiveness by applying Kanban flow principles.

In this class, developed by Daniel Vacanti in partnership with Todd Miller and Ryan Ripley, you will learn the basic principles of flow and how to use them to make your team process more efficient, predictable, and effective. With an emphasis on the practical application of concepts, this course includes many hands-on exercises that will lead you through the steps of setting up and operating a Kanban system for continuous value delivery and improvement.

At Completion

What participants will learn as part of this worksho:

  • An introduction to the principles of flow
  • How managing for flow yields optimal results
  • An introduction to and brief history of Kanban
  • How to operate a pull system
  • How to visualize workflows
  • How to set and manage Work in Progress limits
  • How to capture and interpret key flow metrics and analytics
  • How to run a Kanban Standup
  • How to identify opportunities for improvement

Intended Audience

The Applied Professional Kanban course is for anyone who wants to improve their ability to deliver value and be more effective. Typical attendee roles include business analysts, developers, testers, Scrum Masters, Product Owners, Project Managers.


While there are no class prerequisites, participants are encouraged to review the Kanban Guide; this guide represents the official Professional Kanban body of knowledge.

Participants are also invited to take the Open Assessment to check their level of knowledge and receive feedback aimed at helping individuals on their learning journey.

Exams & Certifications

After taking the course, students will have the opportunity to validate their understanding of core Kanban topics by taking the's Professional Kanban Level 1 (PK I) assessment.


Complimentary copy of Daniel Vacanti's ground breaking books: Actionable Agile Metrics and When Will It Be Done.

Course Outline

Typical Agenda Day One:

Exercise 0:  Introduction to Flow

  • Flow Simulation Game
  • Game debrief and discussion

Introduction to Lean/Kanban:

  • History/background of Kanban
  • Little’s Law and Basic Flow Theory
  • What is Pull and how to operate a Pull System
  • Introductory Kanban examples and discussion
  • Exercise 1:  Situation analysis and discussion

Setting up a Kanban System:

  • Work Item Types: Identification and use in Kanban
  • Exercise 2: Work item identification and discussion

Workflow Modeling: Different Strategies for how to Visualize Work

  • Exercise 3: Workflow and modeling and discussion
  • Hands-on Kanban simulation


Typical Agenda Day 2:

Simulation Discussion and Learning:

  • Introduction to metrics and analytics in Kanban
  • Scatterplots
  • Creation and interpretation
  • Exercise 4: Scatterplots
  • Finish Kanban system design

Work in Progress Limits:

  • Why do we use them?
  • How do we initially set them?
  • Exercise 5: Work in progress limits and discussion

How to Run a Kanban Standup:

Service Level Expectations (SLEs) and WIP Aging Charts

  • Exercise 6: WIP Aging

Parking Lot Discussion and Final Q&A Session

  • Exercise 7: Make a Rollout plan

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