Getting Started With Kanban

A 2-day workshop

Struggling to get work finished? When teams or organizations have problems delivering, it's rarely a problem with the people. The solution lies in fixing the issues that the people face as they are working. Kanban helps force our issues to the surface so we can improve.


Attendees learn about Kanban through simulations, activities, lecture, and discussions. They leave with a Kanban board design they can use straight away and start gaining the near-term the benefits of less status reporting, relief from overburdening, and the ability to see where work is piling up. 

Learning Outcomes


  • Design and build a Kanban system that reflects current demand and processes

  • Apply strategies for visualizing common barriers to flow

  • Explain how a focus on flow helps get more done with less time and less stress

  • Determine & Implement Work-in-Process limits & policies to facilitate flow

  • Choose relevant/timely metrics and learn to use them safely

  • Determine appropriate cadences to observe Identify emerging problems and experiments to continuously improve flow of work

Topic Areas

  • Kanban Overview: the definition and purpose of Kanban as well as the principles and practices of the Kanban Method.

  • Visualizing Your Work: Working through the process of visualizing work using your context. Determine your work categories, the relevant workflows, and the pain points experienced while getting work done.

  • Limiting Work-In-Progress (WIP): Why WIP limits are the key to Kanban. Different strategies for implementation.

  • Achieving Flow: The components of a pull system. The concepts of flow efficiency and resource efficiency. How to monitor the flow of work through the system. Create explicit policies to improve this. Introduce strategies for common impediments to flow.

  • Recommended Cadences: Introduction of helpful cadences and their goals. Discussion of cadences that exist in your context, what's missing and needs to be addressed.

  • How to Get Started: how to take what you've done here and apply it to your current work in a way that is non-threatening to others. Things to watch out for.

This workshop will be split into the following parts with several hands-on exercises throughout.

Day One

  • What is Kanban?

  • Visualizing Your Work

    • Identifying the Work​

    • Card Design

    • Identifying the Workflows

    • Identifying Pain Points

    • Kanban Board Design

  • Limiting Your WIP

    • Enabling Constraints

    • Push vs. Pull Systems

    • Encouraging Flow

  • Kanban Simulation

Day Two

  • Different Methods for Limiting WIP

  • Resource Efficiency Vs. Flow Efficiency

  • Monitoring and Managing Flow

    • Key Flow Metrics​

    • Visualization Strategies for Common Impediments

    • Creating Focus

  • Explicit Polices to Increase Flow

    • When to Pull Work

    • When to Break WIP Limits

    • What to Do Instead of Starting New Work

    • Definition of Done

    • Entry / Exit Criteria for Workflow States

    • And More...

  • Cadences in Kanban

    • The 7 Kanban Cadences

    • Applying Scrum Events

  • How to Get Started & Things to Watch Out For

  • Lean Coffee for Parking Lot Items, Q & A

Other Key Information

  • Certification: None.

  • Language: English

  • Payment Method: Invoice (contact us if you require an alternate method)

  • In addition to 2 days of awesome learning, you also get:​​

    • Free copy of "Making Work Visible" by Dominica DeGrandis

    • Access to the 55 Degrees Newsletter & Slack channel

    • A 20% discount on future courses

The Trainer

Your class will be taught by


Julia Wester

Julia is a co-founder of 55 Degrees AB and Lean/Agile practice manager. She loves teaching about Kanban, Scrum, Metrics, and anything else that helps teams figure out how to do more with less stress!

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