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Kanban Fundamentals

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  • 3.5 hours
  • 33 lessons
  • Beginner course

Course description

Many Agile teams today use some variant of a Kanban board to visually manage their work. However, most teams never go beyond the basics, and don’t really understand that setting up a board is just the first step of the Kanban method. Kanban’s true power lies in understanding how flow-based pull systems work. It is a powerful method for continuous improvement, with a solid theoretical foundation, yet practical and easy to get started with.

This course will define the fundamentals of Kanban, why and how it works.

Content

    Episode 1. Introduction to Kanban

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      Introduction

      07:50

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      What you'll learn

      06:30

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      Change management with Kanban

      05:53

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      The Kanban agendas

      04:59

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      The Six Core Practices of Kanban

      00:45

  1. Episode 2. Visualise your work

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      Knowledge work is invisible

      03:33

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      Visualizing the value stream

      04:24

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      Kanban boards

      03:05

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      Summary

      00:44

  2. Episode 3. Limit the work in progress

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      The push method

      06:08

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      The pull method

      01:56

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      WIP Limits

      04:32

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      Summary

      00:58

  3. Episode 4. Manage flow

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      What is flow?

      04:06

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      Throughput & cycle time

      06:06

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      The metrics of flow

      04:01

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      Dealing with flow

      05:14

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      Summary

      00:58

  4. Episode 5. Make your policies explicit

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      Make your policies explicit

      04:32

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      Policies

      06:05

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      Replenishment and delivery

      03:01

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      Classes of service

      06:12

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      Summary

      01:45

  5. Episode 6. Implement feedback loops

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      The importance of fast feedback

      03:41

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      The role of feedback in knowledge work

      04:50

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      The Kanban cadences

      07:09

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      Summary

      01:44

  6. Episode 7. Improve collaboratively, evolve experimentally

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      Change management

      04:06

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      The change cycle

      04:41

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      Organising continuous improvement

      06:19

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      Strategic improvement

      07:19

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      Summary

      01:55

  7. Episode 8. Setting up a kanban board

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      Every Kanban is unique

      04:09

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      Phycisal and virtual boards

      07:34

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      Setting up the board

      03:21

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      Modelling the workflow

      07:06

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      Kanban tickets

      05:35

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      Other design elements

      04:55

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      Summary

      01:49

  8. Episode 9. Working with Kanban

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      Introducing Kanban to the team

      15:26

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      Success factors

      06:59

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      Reading a kanban board together

      08:01

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      Summary and conclusion

      03:51

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Why follow this course?

I discovered David J. Anderson’s work on domain modelling archetypes in the early 2000s, and followed his blog as he went through the thinking process of developing Kanban, which in early versions was based on Goldratt’s Theory of Constraints. At the time, Kanban didn’t really interest me that much, because I didn’t fully understand how deep the rabbit hole goes.

I rediscovered Kanban boards in 2010, when I first saw it used by the Scrum team I joined at the time. I read the blue book, and became fascinated about the depth and potential of the method. Since then, I have studied its history and variants, and have become convinced this is one of the most practical, yet powerful techniques to unlock team productivity and true business agility.

About the teacher

Peter Maeseele

Business Analyst - Designer

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Peter Maeseele works as a business analyst and designer in the field of continuous improvement of teams and organizations. Throughout his career, he has built up knowledge as a web designer, front-end developer, information architect, business analyst, UX, CX, and Service Designer.

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