Understanding LKU Kanban Certifications

January 18, 2016  Sanjay Kumar

Why Kanban Method?

The essence of Kanban is – “start where you are“, and start with “small pragmatic actionable steps” that you can start implementing next Monday! No need to define new roles, no need to change team structure, no need for any drastic changes in the way you develop products or deliver services. In short, Kanban favours an evolutionary change approach rather than a big-bang, disruptive change.

Pioneered by David Anderson, “Kanban Method” is much more than just a board or a kanban system. It is a management method that helps improve service delivery, catalyse improvements and evolve a business to be “fit for purpose”. It guides you on how to decide WIP limits,how to conduct effective daily standup and other kanban meetings, and how to measure and use meaningful kanban metrics like Flow Efficiency, Lead Time Distribution, Control Chart and Cumulative Flow Diagram (CFD).

Some of the common situations where Kanban provides great value include:

  • New Scrum teams struggling to reach a sustainable pace of development
  • Scrum teams that are overwhelmed by frequent changes in the Sprint scope
  • Non-agile (waterfall) teams that wish to transition to Agile, but feel Scrum could be too risky, too disruptive
  • Mature Scrum teams that wish to transition to Continuous Delivery
  • Teams looking for an “alternative path to agility”

Why Kanban certification from LKU?

David J Anderson – the founder of Lean Kanban Inc, the parent body of LKU – pioneered the use of “Kanban Method” for knowledge work and service work since 2005.Over the past several years, David – with assistance from an active Kanban community – has enhanced Kanban method by incorporating concepts such as pull systems, queuing theory and flow.

Today, the LKU Kanban certifications are the most renowned Kanban certifications in the technology world.

Team Kanban Practitioner certification

Team Kanban Practitioner (TKP) is a highly interactive one-day introductory class on Kanban Method that is accredited by the Lean Kanban University (LKU). It focuses on actionable practices and techniques that can improve the flow of work for your team.This course starts with Kanban principles and practices, shares the idea of Kanban system via an interactive simulation game, and discusses board design, ticket design and classes of service among other basic Kanban concepts – in short, a great way to get started with Kanban on a team level.

If you are new to Kanban and are not sure how Kanban Method could bring improvements in your work environment, TKP could be a good way to get started.It will help you identify the first set of steps that will improve flow of work and bring some predictability in your team planning.

Kanban System Design (KMP-1)

“Kanban System Design” is a 2-day beginner to intermediate level course that begins with a detailed introduction to Kanban Method and moves on to share the STATIK approach – a powerful idea that facilitates a ‘service-orientation’ mindset. It makes participants think at a deeper level, beyond just their daily work challenges, to effect a long-term sustainable change.

This course is often also referred as Foundation 1 –the first step in your journey to be a Kanban Management Professional. It is recommended for you if:

  • You are optimistic about using Kanban in the near future and wish to understand Kanban Method at a deeper level, beyond just basics
  • You are in a leadership role (PM, Scrum Master or Service Delivery Manager) responsible for effecting meaningful changes to the team environment
  • You are in an Agile coaching or consulting role and wish to improve your team coaching skills

You may find the detailed course agenda here

Kanban Mangement Professional (KMP-2)

This is an intermediate to advanced level course on Kanban Method and the second (and last) step in your journey to be a Kanban Management Professional. Beyond reviewing the basic Kanban concepts, it delves into the Kanban cadences (meetings) and discusses various continuous improvement models.

This course may be done only after Foundation 1 (Kanban System Design) has been completed. It is recommended only if you possess good basic knowledge of Kanban Method and has been practicing Kanban for at least six months to one year. It is highly recommended for experienced managers and agile coaches.

Summary of Comparison

Below is a quick summary of three courses:

summary of TKP KMP1 and KMP2

iZenBridge Consultancy is a registered trainer partner with Lean Kanban University (LKU) and offers Kanban training in India. Please visit http://www.izenbridge.com to learn more about Kanban trainings in Bangalore and other Indian cities.

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Sanjay Kumar
Sanjay Kumar has over fifteen years of experience in developing and delivering software solutions for different domains such as finance, healthcare, retail and shipping. He has enjoyed different project roles, doing whatever it needs to ensure successful customer delivery - client interaction, requirements analysis, architecture and design, code development or project management. Sanjay has been practicing Agile software development best practices for almost a decade now - including automated testing, limiting work in progress, incremental delivery, faster feedback cycle and continuous improvement. Sanjay carries a strong technical foundation in object-oriented programming (Java/J2EE) and database design, and believes 'working software' is an essential yet a lower-level goal; it is 'maintainable and testable software' that truly classifies someone as a good programmer. Certifications: • Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) • Certified Scrum Developer (CSD) • Certified Scrum Master (CSM) • Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) • Kanban Management Professional (KMP) • SAFe® Agilist
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