All software development teams have a desire to increase their flow and throughput. With the powerful combination of Kanban and Azure Boards, they can do just that. This one day course will introduce Kanban and demonstrate how an agile team can configure and use Azure Boards to effectively practice Kanban, achieve flow, and begin improving throughput and predictability. To maximize learning, students will work in teams, in a common team project, on a common case study.
All of our classes can be delivered in-person, or as Live Virtual Classrooms anywhere in the world.
Why naked Agility with Martin Hinshelwood?
We believe in empiricism, and so we need to inspect and adapt, which is dificult to do within a 16h class. So we offer:
- Additional 30-minute session with the trainer for every student – all live virtual classes, public and private, come with an additional 30-minute session with the trainer for students that take the assessment within 14 days of the class to help them with their future learning path.
- Additional trainning sessions for private classes – In addition to the public offering, Private classes will get additional consulting, coaching, and training sessions to be used within 6 months of the class that totals 25% of the training time. For a 16h class that would be 4 hours of additional sessions on any topic folks want. See
Class Inclusivity Features for those that are differently able
We know that more can always be done to help those with disabilities and we are exploring many technological techniques for helping those with dificulties by using:
- Online Training – Train from the comfort of your own home.
- Live captions in English – Microsoft Teams provides live closed captions in English for those that are hard of hearing
- Live Translation in any Language (preview/experimentation) – You can request that we provide subtitles in any Language using Microsoft Translator Conversations.
Class Inclusivity Features for those in different economic context
Since our goal is to bring Scrum, Kanban, and their good practices to the world we need to accept that some markets just dont have the same buying power as Europe or the USA. To try and offset that reality we offer multiple ticket types that try to offset that inherant diference:
- Primary Market Ticket – 100% market rate – This ticket is for residents of countries that we consider to be in our primary market; Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Saudi Arabia
- Secondary Market Ticket – 50% Primary – Tickets for all countries not listed as primary. You will be asked for evidence of residence after processing.
- Special Market Ticket – 25% Primary – These tickets are available through our local agents in Ghana, Nigeria, and other countries where purchase power has been assesed to require extra offset.
Topics Covered in this Workshop
- Introduction to Kanban
- Visualizing the Workflow
- Limiting WIP
- Managing for Flow
Expected Outcomes After Attending the Workshop
This course contains several modules, progressively explaining Kanban’s principles and practices and how to use
Azure Boards to support them.
1. INTRODUCTION TO KANBAN
– Kanban overview
– Kanban core practices
– Kanban support in Azure Boards
– Configuring an Azure DevOps project
– Managing a product backlog
2. VISUALIZING THE WORKFLOW
– Kanboard board overview
– Kanban board vs. a backlog
– Kanban board vs. a taskboard
– Defining the workflow
– Making policies explicit
– Definition of “Done”
– Defining classes of service (swimlanes)
– Defining task checklists and inline tests
– Filtering the board
– Keyboard shortcuts
3. LIMITING WIP
– Work in Progress (WIP) overview
– Visualizing WIP limits
– Creating a pull system
– Splitting columns into “doing” and “done”
– Challenges with limiting WIP
4. MANAGING FOR FLOW
– Flow-based metrics
– Cycle time vs. lead time
– Little’s Law
– Flow-based analytics
– Cumulative Flow Diagrams
– ActionableAgile Analytics
– Monte Carlo simulation
– Achieving flow and predictability
You should attend this workshop if…
This course is appropriate for all members of a software development team, especially those who are actively involved with creating and refining a product backlog as well as planning and executing the work. This course will also provide value for individuals outside the development team (managers, Scrum Masters, coaches, and other stakeholders) who are interested in establishing and improving flow for their team. Even teams currently practicing Scrum should consider attending this course, as Kanban is a great complementary practice for managing and improving their flow.
Instructors for Practicing Kanban Using Azure Boards
Before the class you should:
For more information, read the Kanban guide for Scrum Teams.
How will this workshop run?
There will be specific requirements for both in-person and live virtual classes that will be shown on that type of workshop below.
Assessment and Certification
There is no assessment for this workshop.
Schedule for this workshop
If you have more than 5 people to train it can be more cost-effective to have Martin come onsite and deliver a private course just for you. You can request a private course to be delivered onsite at your offices.
Practicing Kanban Using Azure Boards
Any where, Any Time
Delivery Mode: In-Person or Live Virtual
Visability: Private or Public
You can view our full list of training classes as well as our specialist Scrum & Agile Courses from Scrum.org as well as our DevOps & ALM Courses from Accentient. We have a number of public classes upcoming in the next few months on our Training Schedule that might be of interested.
This course was designed by Richard Hundhausen, Microsoft’s first Visual Studio ALM/DevOps MVP, Professional
Scrum Trainer, and an experienced software developer.
Check out the Practicing Kanban Using Azure Boards page for more classes.