Kanban Methodologist Certification

Kanban is a Lean-agile method also referred to as a second-generation agile methodology. It adapts to your organization and project needs very rapidly and allows your team to operate at a very high level of productivity due to its evolutionary approach to manage change in the organization.

It has proven to accelerate maturity through high visualization, control over the amount of work being done, acknowledgement and effective handling of the diversity of activities in your project, and root cause analysis through quantification.

This course is very hands-on and resembles more a workshop with the right level of theoretical foundation put into practice.

The Kanban Methodologist Certification requirements are:

  • Take the 2-day training class
  • Take 7 hours of Kanban and Lean related webinars, workshops, conferences or other. At least 4 hours have to be on Kanban and the rest can be related to Lean for knowledge work and  Systems thinking. You must submit a 50 word summary of each activity. Valid topics are: Kanban for knowledge work (not manufacture), Lean for knowledge work, Second generation lean, Lean value innovation, Systems thinking, Lean Agile project management, and Innovation games
  • Apply Kanban on one or more projects. You must have been an active participant in the Kanban practice and you must present a 500-word report with supporting documents such as photos, diagrams and quantification to demonstrate proper usage of the Kanban system and the Kanban method.
  • Present and pass a written certification exam. The exam has duration of 1 hr.

The certification is valid for 2 full years (not calendar years).

This course can be used for 14 Category B PDUs towards the PMI-ACP

Who should attend: Decision makers, from executive to technical leaders, and technical staff


  • Fulfill the training requirements for the Kanban Certified Methodologist (validates 14 points towards the certification)
  • Understand the benefits of the cohesion between process and human aspects to better the organization through the application of systems thinking
  • Understand the benefits of continuous flow, adaptability, and focus on quality
  • Know the properties and structure of a Kanban system
  • Be able to map the current process onto a value stream map and a Kanban system
  • Know how to manage the team through a Kanban system
  • Know how to quantify and analyze projects under Kanban.

Duration: 2 days

Prerequisites:  It isn’t mandatory but it is very helpful to have a basic understanding of lean-agile

Course content:
1. Foundation
     1. Systems and Lean thinking
     2. TOC
     3. DBR and Kanban
2. VSMs
3. Extrapolating Kanban  
4. The Kanban Method
     1. Visualizing workflow
     2. Limiting work in progress
     3. Using models to improve
     3. Measuring and managing flow
     4. Establishing feedback loops
     5. Making process policies explicit
5. Classes of service and work item types
6. Managing the project with Kanban
7. Cost of delay
8. Cadence
9. Board configurations
10. Bottlenecks and non-instant availability
11. The why of Kanban
12. Kanban in action

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