The pace of change is accelerating as technology advances, the economy becomes more global and markets become increasingly disruptive. The average lifespan of organisations is getting dramatically shorter as it becomes easier for more players to join the competitive landscape. To survive, businesses need to create a culture of continuous curiosity, looking for new answers to new problems and challenges to be able to constantly adapt. In other words, they need to become learning organisations. Kanban is an Agile framework that facilitates the ability to learn and continuously improve, having been developed initially for change management purposes. It is also a framework with work in progress limits which enables fast delivery on those urgent items as there is no waste in the pipeline.
Kanban is a model for becoming a learning organisation. It starts with understanding the current challenge as a systemic problem and imagining the potential impacts of solving or ignoring that problem. Then possible interventions are explored by studying context, sharing understanding, stabilising work, sensing capability and searching alternatives. The end result is an approach which focuses on developing people so they are able to continuously respond to new challenges, rather than concentrating on implementing existing solutions to previous ones.
If your organisation has unique challenges such as specialist skills, mixed technologies, unpredictable demand, variety of work, or regulatory constraints, then Kanban can help you. Learn how to use the model, with its heuristics and questions, to create your own Kanban systems, tailored to meet your specific needs, and able to adapt as your situation changes.
Kanban as an Agile framework and mindset. It is an interactive class, during which participants will learn the Kanban concepts while practicing them and working through filling in a Kanban Canvas which is a large single page sheet describing the Kanban Thinking model. Games, exercises and discussion will be interleaved to explore key topics in more detail.
If you are about to try an Agile way of working and are exploring different Agile Frameworks, or if you are an Agile enthusiast, this course is recommended for you. This course is an introduction to Kanban and also covers a differing thinking that aligns with Agile. This course is for Project Managers, Testers, Support Engineers, Managers, Developers and IT staff as Kanban’s application is widely used.
This KANBAN course is locally certified yet presented by an international KANBAN expert. Delegates will receive a certificate of attendance certified by the DVT Academy. The DVT Academy is well known in the market as we specialize in local and international certified Agile training courses.
KANBAN is one of the most popular frameworks used in Agile today. Most Agile courses (including PMI) focus on Agile and Agility, whereas this course is specific to the KANBAN framework used in Agile.
The KANBAN course does not cover SCRUM specifically. The frameworks are however aligned as it is based on the same Agile principles and values. SCRUM and KANBAN can be combined to form an Agile framework specific to your environment. Agile Coaching is a vital part in customising an Agile framework to work for your unique environment and unique challenges.
The Scaled Agile Framework is a brilliant and detailed framework referred to when Agile is used in larger organisations. SAFe is a good framework to understand since it adds a few additional roles and ceremonies to KANBAN and SCRUM, forming a framework that can scale for large teams and organisations. If you are looking for answers to scaling an Agile implementation or Agile for larger cross-functional teams, SAFe is a good course to consider.
The KANBAN framework also has scaling options for instance by introducing SCRUM-of-SCRUM ceremonies or by looking into due track SCRUM.
The core idea of Lean is to maximise customer value while minimising waste. All Agile Frameworks (including SCRUM and KANBAN) are based on the Lean principle with regards to value-driven focus and minimising any waste. Lean is more focused on the mindset and thinking which overlaps brilliantly with any Agile framework as both are based on the same principles and values.
Project Managers can certainly benefit from Agile training as well as training in the most popular frameworks, SCRUM and KANBAN. Project Managers can specifically benefit from the mindset changes required to excel in Agile.
Requirements gathering is facilitated in a different manner, and the focus is shifted to the team who are customer value driven. We would recommend the following courses in sequence as a general path to gain Agile knowledge:
Software Testers will certainly benefit from Agile training (Including SCRUM and KANBAN), but also from the ICAgile TST course which specifically focusses on the role of a Tester within an Agile environment.
Agile is most commonly used within the software development space. Agile training is a must for any role within the software development industry as Agile is the start of continuous delivery which is giving organisations a competitive edge. Software Development Managers can certainly benefit from this training course. In fact, Certified Scrum Product Owner and KANBAN training would be our first recommendation for Development Managers.
Yes, developers will certainly benefit from this course. We recommend these courses for Developers:
The following courses will specifically address the BA’s role in Agile:
Agile training in South Africa is not yet SETA certified. The DVT Academy is in the process of getting the Agile training within the Academy SETA certified. We estimate this process to be completed in 2017.
The following courses will specifically address the role and need of a PM in Agile:
The following courses will specifically address the scaling that can be done in Agile:
Yes, most Agile courses address the differences between Waterfall and Agile which is based on interactive development. The following courses are recommended and are addressed at an organisational level:
The Agile training does not address organisational transformation as a learning objective, yet touches on some of the elements. We would recommend that you contact DVT for a free 1-hour session to discuss organisational transformation. DVT is considered as thought leaders in the Agile Coaching and transformation area assisting some clients with this challenge.
The course does not address Agile tools. However, the Agile Coach and Trainer can make recommendations.
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