Course descripton

The Kanban Method provides pragmatic, actionable, evidence-based guidance for successful evolutionary change. The application of the Kanban Method is not restricted to software development, but for any kind of knowledge creation work as an alternative path to agility or as the next development step for mature agile teams. It starts with what you do now and pursues evolutionary change while respecting current roles, responsibilities and job titles, and encouraging leadership at all levels. This allows organizations to evolve business processes gradually, define and use relevant metrics to measure progress, and significantly reduce the risks associated with complex change programs.

In this free meetup we will discuss the principles of project planning in Kanban, which information to base your plan on, how to track the actual performance, when the plan should be adjusted, common pitfalls, and attention points. We will also review why the Work Item size does not matter (too much) in Kanban and the consequences of this. Scrum practitioners will have the opportunity to compare Scrum and Kanban planning approaches during the discussion.


  • Welcome and introduction
  • Presentation
  • Discussion

Note that the participants are expected to be familiar with the basic concepts of Agile and Lean. Therefore it's recommended (but not required) to attend at least one of following trainings/workshops prior attending this course: Agile and Lean workshop for managers, or Introduction to Agile and Lean.

Recommended follow-up courses: Kanban System Design (KMP I), and Successful Agile Retrospectives.

More information on the Lean Kanban University website. Free Lean Kanban books and guides: Essential Kanban, Upstream Kanban.

Learning objectives

At the end of the meetup the participants will:

  • Receive high-level overview of the Kanban Method curriculum
  • Learn the definition of System Lead Time, the fundamental Kanban metric
  • Understand the Little's law, it's use to for the project planning, and limitations
  • Learn the principles of project planning in Kanban
  • Understand how to track the plan versus actual performance using the Cumulative Flow diagram and System Lead Time histogram
  • Comprehend one basic way how to reduce the variability in the System Lead Time and therefore improve the quality of the project plan

Target audience

  • Those who feel overburdened with the work and wish to find the respite to enable them to "get things done" without compromises on quality, but with improved velocity and predictability
  • Struggling SCRUM teams members
  • Anyone interested in implementing Agile and Lean way of working in their organization
  • Project, program, portfolio and delivery managers
  • Middle and senior managers
  • Development and team managers
  • Product managers
  • Business analysts
  • Scrum product owners
  • Scrum masters
  • (Senior) delivery team members (developers, testers, QA specialists)
  • Agile Coaches and Practitioners (Scrum, XP, DSDM, AgilePM, etc.)
  • Change managers and anyone in charge for process improvement and optimization
  • Other roles such as HR and Finance professionals

Training facilitator

Lean Kanban Eindhoven cursus trainer

Serhiy Tkachenko

Accredited Kanban Trainer (AKT)
Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
Project Management Professional (PMP)
Certified Scrum Professional (CSP-SM)
Certified Scrum Master (CSM)

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Serhiy is a hands-on lean Agile transformation trainer and coach with a strong track record in driving and achieving sustained positive changes in the global companies as Philips, TomTom and Intel.

During his professional life Serhiy was holding numerous engineering and management positions and gained broad experience in Lean and Agile transformations, change management, strategy definition and execution, building and managing high-performance multidisciplinary distributed teams, definition and engineering of high scale new software and hardware products, outsourcing to Asia and Eastern Europe, supplier relationship management and intellectual property creation.

Serhiy holds MBA degree from the Nyenrode Business University, The Netherlands, Master degree "cum laude" in Applied Mathematics from the Lviv State University, Ukraine and a number of professional certifications: Accredited Kanban Trainer (AKT), Kanban Management Professional (KMP), Team Kanban Practitioner (TKP) from the Lean Kanban University, Lean 6 Sigma Green Belt, Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute, Certified SCRUM Master (CSM) and Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) from Scrum Alliance, PRINCE2 Foundation from the APM Group. Serhiy is an author or co-author of 19 published patents.

Serhiy fluently speaks English, Dutch, Polish, Ukrainian and Russian languages and has basic knowledge of German and French languages.