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International Kanban Training

Understand how a kanban system can be used effectively in an Agile environment. Register for our interactive 2-day course run by leading international trainer, Karl Scotland.
Kanban is an Agile framework that facilitates the ability to learn and continuously improve, with a primary focus on enabling change management. If you want to boost or enhance your existing Agile approach, address unique challenges such as specialist skills, mixed technologies, unpredictable demand, a variety of work, or regulatory constraints, then kanban can help you.

Course Focus:

This course is interactive and fun and includes games, exercises and discussion. Participants will learn kanban concepts while practicing them using a kanban Canvas.

Course Details:

  • Price: R7,900 excl. VAT per person
  • Course duration: 2 Days
  • Location: Johannesburg and Cape Town
  • Pre requisite: None
  • Certification: Certificate of attendance
  • Examination: No

Course Dates:

There are currently no scheduled dates for this course, please check back soon for updated course dates or contact us to book a private course.

What is a kanban Canvas?

The kanban Canvas is designed to be printed on A0 paper and used to collaboratively explore the model when designing a kanban system. Karl Scotland uses the kanban canvas as the core of this two day workshop. It is used to facilitate the collaborative co-creation of a kanban system. The canvas becomes a single, simple artefact which captures a common understanding of how a system is designed, and why it is designed the way it is.

Who should attend?

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.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognise the purpose of a kanban system in terms of the problem it is trying to solve.
  • Express the fitness of a kanban system to the desired purpose in terms of flow, value and potential.
  • Apply techniques to study the current context, including empathising with stakeholders, profiling demand and mapping value streams.
  • Design visualisations which share a common understanding of important information.
  • Define Work-In-Process limits and explicit policies which will stabilise the work.
  • Choose measures and meeting cadences which generate a sense of current capability.
  • Identify experiments which will help to search the potential alternative improvements.

Top reasons to register for this course

  • Your trainer and coach, Karl Scotland, has been a pioneer of using kanban Systems and Strategy Deployment for product development and has over 15 years of experience as a Lean and Agile advocate.
  • The course is fun and interactive and you will learn the kanban concepts while playing games, doing exercises and having focused discussions.
Karl Scotland

About the trainer

Karl Scotland helps businesses become Learning Organisations. Over the last 15 years he has been an advocate of Lean and Agile approaches to achieve this, working with companies like the BBC, Yahoo!, EMC Consulting, Rally Software, Cisco and SDL. During this time, Karl has been a pioneer of using kanban Systems and Strategy Deployment for product development, a founding member of both the Lean Systems Society and Limited WIP Society, as well as being active in the community and a regular conference speaker. As a result Karl was awarded the honorary Brickell Key Community Contribution Award at the 2013 Lean kanban North America conference.

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Frequently asked questions

  • Is this certified kanban training?

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    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.

  • How is a kanban course different to a PMI project management course?

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    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.

  • Does the kanban course cover SCRUM principles?

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    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.

  • Should I consider SAFe certification?

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    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.

  • Does the course cover Lean?

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    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.

  • Is this good project management training?

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    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:

    • Agile Fundamentals course – An excellent introduction to Agile and a few Agile frameworks.
    • SCRUM training – Still the most commonly used framework in Agile.
    • Kanban training – A very popular Agile framework that can be applied to any area or work stream (including HR, Marketing and Finance.)
    • Certified SCRUM Master training – geared towards the Scrum Master role, yet extremely valuable for any member of the Scrum Team.
    • Certified SCRUM Product Owner training – geared towards the business and management role within the organisation yet valuable for the Project and Program Management role within the organisation. We would also recommend the training to innovation driven teams.
  • Is this good software tester training?

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    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.

  • Is this good software development manager training?

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    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.

  • Is this good Agile training for developers?

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    Yes, developers will certainly benefit from this course. We recommend these courses for Developers:

    • Agile Fundamentals (ICAgile Certified)
    • SCRUM training
    • Kanban training
  • Does the course address a business analyst’s role in Agile?

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    The following courses will specifically address the BA’s role in Agile:

    • Business Value Analysis training (ICAgile Certified)
    • SCRUM training
    • Kanban
  • Is this SETA certified training?

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    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.

  • Does the course address the project manager’s role in Agile?

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    The following courses will specifically address the role and need of a PM in Agile:

    • Kanban training
    • SCRUM training
    • SAFe training
    • PMI – ACP (presented by smaller organisations like Agilocity)
  • Does the course address scaling agile?

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    The following courses will specifically address the scaling that can be done in Agile:

    • Agile 4 Executives
    • Kanban training
    • SCRUM training (you can also study SCRUM of SCRUM’s and Dual Track SCRUM)
    • SAFe training
  • Does the course address Waterfall vs. Agile vs. Iterative SDLC?

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    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:

    • Agile 4 Executives
    • Agile Fundamentals (ICAgile Certified)
  • Does the training address Agile organisational transformation?

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    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.

  • Does the course address Agile tools?

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    The course does not address Agile tools. However, the Agile Coach and Trainer can make recommendations.

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