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Improving Kanban

The basics of Kanban have taken hold and are already being used in daily operations. However, you have a feeling that you could get more out of it. This is most certainly the case, and we’ll show you how in Improving Kanban.

In the advanced Kanban training, we work on scaling, prioritizing and forecasting—those themes which need a system that has been in place for a while and has somewhat matured. This two-day training focuses solely on improving your system through the exchange of ideas with other Kanban practitioners. After these two days, you will uncover the potential stil hidden in your system, even if you are currently using Kanban successfully.

  • "Awesome learning experience!"

    Marietjie Stapelberg, MMI Group Ltd, Johannesburg, ZA
  • "Inspiring and thought provoking."

    Dillon Weyer, Johannesburg, ZA
  • "Mindblowing! Now I know, that there is more than "just" simulate data to forecast!"

    Mathias Schröder, Kühne + Nagel, Hamburg, DE
  • "These sessions have opened possibilities and provided keys to open doors in my world! Practical, simple and exciting. Confidence! Thank you!"

    Cecilia Lehmann, Standard Bank, Johannesburg, ZA
  • "Great content, great trainers, great presented!"

    Terrence Reddy, Momentum, Johannesburg, ZA
  • "Kanban at its best!"

    Lukas Schmidt, Deutsche Telekom AG, Bonn, DE
  • "Loved the practical stats & methods as well as the wealth of informations through experiences brought by the other participants!"

    Mike Freislich, Scrum Sense an agile42 company, Johannesburg, ZA
  • "Great interaction, plenty learnings - time well spent. High Cost of Delay for anyone!"

    Henk Viljoen, MMI Group Ltd, Johannesburg, ZA


Improving Kanban is training for advanced practitioners who are currently using a Kanban system and wish to develop it further. You will learn about the techniques which can be used to achieve the full-potential of your Kanban system.

“When will the work be finished?” and “How much work can we deliver in a given time-frame?” are two questions which you will be able to answer in the future with accurate predictability instead of just estimating an answer. We practice dealing with probability of occurrence and, with the help of Monte Carlo Simulations, how more than 90 percent probability can be realistically achieved. It sounds difficult, but you only need the four basic calculations and a pocket calculator for precise delivery times.

At you at the point where the WIP limit isn’t being maintained because all of a sudden everything has top priority? Classical prioritization often causes more problems than it solves. We examine an economically reasonable and resilient method for prioritization: Cost of Delay. It’s best to bring along the people who give their input for prioritization, such as your product owner, project leader or another Spice Girl (which you hopefully remember from Applying Kanban).

With the third theme, scaling, we focus on answering the following question: How do you best coordinate a Kanban system over different hierarchical and functional levels of a company, so that they are integrated and networked into a whole system? Merely duplicating the same (team) boards only serves to fill the pockets of consultants. Instead, we’ll look at real-world examples of to improve the value stream when considering the dependencies across the entire organization[j1] .

Learning With and From One Another
LEANability stands for practical experience, expert knowledge and, above all else, pragmatism. We focus on utilizing theory, where it is necessary, for the fundamental understanding of Kanban. Everything that you hear from us during a training session is material which we have used directly in our work with customers and, through customer feedback, is continuously refined. Through the training you should experience the same effect: Profit from the experience of other participants, receive feedback on your system, and learn about practices which are currently deployed in other companies. To round out the training, you receive guidance and input from Klaus, who is one of the longest-serving Kanban trainers worldwide.  Klaus is a recipient of the Brickell Key Award, author and consultant with extensive and comprehensive experience with Kanban systems of different sizes and across a wide-variety of industries.

Aim of training: improving an existing Kanban system

After the training, you will be able to…

  • improve your Kanban system.
  • accurately predict when your work will be finished.
  • make prioritization decisions based on economic factors instead of hunches.
  • scale your Kanban system to generate more value for your company.
  • implement the most important advanced flow concepts in your daily work.


In order to attend the Kanban Foundation II class, you will need to first complete the 2-day Applying Kanban (Foundation I) class. We will work with examples out of your daily kanban experience! The books “Kanban: Successful Evolutionary Change for your Technology Business” by David J Anderson or “Kanban Change Leadership” by Klaus Leopold is recommended reading.

Covered topics

  • Kanban Refresh
  • Kanban at scale
  • How to scale Kanban?
  • Metrics
  • To date forecasts for single work items
  • To date forecasts for several work items (e.g. Releases, Sprints)
  • Can you trust your forecast?
  • Economic prioriticing/ Cost of Delay
  • Sequencing and scheduling
  • Managing risc

Training Location: Johannesburg, ZA

Faircity Quatermain Hotel
60 West Road South
2196 Johannesburg

Schedule: start time 8:00am - end time 5:00pm

Incl. 1h lunch break and a shorter break in the morning and afternoon.

Trainer: Klaus Leopold, AAKT & KCP


Dr. Klaus Leopold is computer scientist and Kanban pioneer with many years of experience in helping organizations from different industries on their improvement journey with Lean and Kanban. He is co-author of the book “Kanban Change Leadership” published by Wiley in 2015. Klaus is one of the first accredited Lean Kanban trainers and coaches worldwide. He was awarded with the Brickell Key Award for “outstanding achievement and leadership” within the Lean Kanban community in San Francisco, 2014. His main interest is establishing lean enterprise flow by performing optimization beyond team level, especially in large environments from 30 to 500 people. He publishes his current thoughts on his blog www.leanability.com/en/category/blog-en/ and you can follow him on Twitter at @klausleopold.

Audience: Everyone who wants to improve an existing Kanban system

Kanban Practitioners, Project or Program Managers, Business Analysts, Line and Middle Managers (both within and outside of IT), Management Coaches / Trainers and Process Improvement Coaches interested in maximizing the effectiveness of their Kanban adoptions.

Certification: LKU - KMP Foundation II

LKU – KMP Foundation II If you have already attended a Kanban Foundation I class or similar before, you’ll earn the title Kanban Management Professional (KMP) finishing this class. You are not sure your previously attended class counts? Please ask us to check!

Language: English

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Take 3 pay 2!
R11,933 excl. VAT.
Price per participant for 3 bookings from one organisation


Offer valid till March, 31st, 2017!

R17,900 excl. VAT.
1 participant*


Early-bird special:
R13,900 (excl VAT)
until Mar, 31st, 2017

*We recommend the participation of several people form your organisation to faciliate joint reflection on the internal implementation of Kanban in your company and to facilitate transfer of what has been learned. This increases the overall impact and the sustainability of the training and thus the value of your investment.

The training is organized and invoiced by agile42, our South African partner company. The terms and conditions of agile42 apply for this training.