Improving flow with Kanban

Improving flow with Kanban




Skill Level

1 Day





ZXM’s Kanban Essentials™ is a 1-day course that introduces the concepts of flow, waste, visualisation and workflow practices to agile teams. Not a methodology, Kanban is a tool for optimising the flow of work that can be applied to any workflow or process. During this course, attendees will learn:

  • What is Kanban
  • Creating workflow rules and policies
  • Visual management
  • Working with work in-progress limits
  • The impacts of large batches on the flow of work
  • Flow metrics – cycle time, lead time, work item age, WIP limits and throughput

The course uses the getKanban game as the core of the session to simulate the use of Kanban and its four practices and four metrics in a real life context.

Zen Ex Machina’s trainers are experienced agile practitioners, trainers, and agile coaches with 10 years’ experience with agile, as well as extensive applied experience with all aspects of agile operations and scaled agile frameworks.


  • An awareness of agile frameworks, roles and responsibilities

Completing this course will help you:

Who is the course for?

  • Leaders who are supporting agile initiatives
  • Product Managers
  • People who work in agile teams
  • Scrum Masters looking to enhance their team’s effectiveness by improving flow
  • Staff who are new to the agile world
  • Business and internal stakeholders who will work with agile teams
  • Non-software teams, including HR, finance and marketing
  • Agile practitioners who recognise the need to focus on “being” agile in addition to “doing” agile

Learning Path

  • 4 practices of Kanban
  • Visualising workflow
  • Limiting work in-progress
  • Actively managing work item progress
  • Inspecting and adapting definition of workflow
  • Measuring the flow of work
  • The 4 metrics of Kanban
  • Managing the flow of work
  • Removing impediments to flow
  • Managing a team using Kanban
  • Supporting self-organisation and self-management
  • Optimising work in-progress limits
  • Optimising throughput
  • The trap of urgent un-planned work

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