Experience How Kanban Helps Teams Get Into Flow
An Online, 4 Hour Kanban Simulation for Beginners
What Are the Learning Objectives?
By applying basic Kanban practices, participants in this simulation will understand how to achieve the following outcomes for their team:
Quicker turnaround for completing work
Less overburdening and hardly any stress
More realistic plans
and better predictability
Better prioritisation and more holistic replenishment
Better collaboration, more customer orientation and a more productive knowledge exchange
This simulation also serves as preparation for a follow-up simulation in which specialised teams have to learn to coordinate better with each other to get multiple projects over the finish line.
Who Should Attend?
The simulation is suitable for anyone who wants to know more about Kanban and who is interested in understanding and improving the workflow of a team. There are two main use cases:
Ideal for individuals who want to learn what Kanban is and how it can help one or more teams work more effectively.
Ideal for in-house teams who want to experience Kanban in a familiar environment and need a first introduction.
Why You Should Attend
Kanban is a powerful tool to complete work faster and more effectively, but only if you know how. There are many books, videos and courses to learn from, but what if you're not that far along and want to find out for yourself what it's all about?
That's exactly what this Kanban simulation is for. Using a fictitious scenario, participants playfully learn about Kanban and run experiments to try and improve results.
What makes this simulation so good, is that it is the result of a collaborative development effort between many people who have a desire to keep making it better. The main developers are Ivaylo Gueorguiev and Violeta Kyurdyan from ESICEE. Teodora Bozheva (Berriprocess) was instrumental in creating the scenario, Kanbanize provides the platform and more recently Xuviate translated the simulation into German and started contributing to its ongoing development.
Get to Know Kanban for Teams in 3 Steps
Choose Your Timeslot
As a rule, we run simulations every 2 weeks. Avoid disappointment and reserve a suitable timeslot right away.
Voucher for a free event? Then apply it straight away and you're done. Otherwise, either pay when you book or wait until we send you an invoice.
Show Up and Have Fun
One day before the simulation, we'll check in with a few preparatory steps. Then there's nothing else to do but show up and play along!
How Does the Simulation Work?
The simulation provides a powerful "learn by doing" environment for teams of 3-6 online participants. Each team's journey begins with everyone working in push mode and without regard for others. Of course, there are many challenges and participants have to learn how to deal with delays, high workload and the consequences of working without having clear policies or customer-oriented guidelines.
Participants meet regularly to share their obervations and identify possible improvement actions. During the course of the simulation, most teams transition to "pull mode", limit their work in progress and define explicit policies to govern how work gets done.
With the support of expert facilitators, participants will thus gain hands-on experience with essential Kanban practices, such as
- visualising work and workflows,
- introducing WIP limits,
- conducting Kanban meetings and reviews,
- developing policies related to work types and classes of service,
- interpreting cumulative flowcharts and scatter diagrams, and
- dealing with variability when planning and executing work.
Additionally, participants experience shifts in the habits and behaviours of team members, leading to better collaboration, continuous improvement and a stronger focus on meeting customer expectations.
Participants run the simulation in a fully functional Kanbanize instance. Although the aim of the simulation is not to learn about Kanbanize, one can still take home quite a bit about the tool.
In a concluding discussion, participants share what they have learned and discuss how Kanban can support effective workflow management at team level. At this point, participants are usually extremely curious to get to know Kanban practices better and want to implement them in their own environment. An ideal time to consider participating in a follow-up multi-project Kanban simulation or perhaps even to commit to building your first own system during our next Kanban Bootcamp.
For individuals, it is very easy to participate: select the time zone in the form below, find a suitable date and enter a coupon code (if available) or choose whether to pay now or later.
If you also speak German and there is no suitable date for a simulation in English, you can always decide to join us when we run the simulation in German.
In the event that no (suitable) simulation time slots are available, please reach out to us (for instance, through the chat option on our website) so that we can manually find an option for you.
If you rather want to book a private simulation for your team(s), just post a short message with a few details about your expectations in the website Chat so that we can discuss the options and find a suitable date.