So you’ve heard about this Kanban thing and want to know where to start, or maybe you’ve been using it for a while and you want to know where to go. In this hands-on workshop, we’ll start at the very beginning and teach you how to build a Value Stream Map and use that to define your initial Kanban and WIP limits. If these terms don’t make sense to you, then you need to come along for a fun interactive workshop.
* Value Stream Mapping (VSM): VSM is the (often overlooked) practice of defining the functional steps in common business processes and can be anything from IT to sales & marketing; it doesn’t matter. Attendees will learn how to model their business processes and create VSMs.
* Process efficiencies: How to calculate your process efficiency, Value Add (VA) and Non-Value Add (NVA) time and why that’s important. In brief, your VA time is defined as the average time spent actively working on a task in the process, NVA is the average time spent between each process step and you can calculate your process efficiency by dividing your VA with your total time (that is VA+NVA).
* Align your VSM to your Kanban: Track the flow of work through your VSM on your Kanban wall
* Learn how to use your VSM, team size and process efficiency to calculate your initial WIP
* Learn how to embed a culture of continuous improvement (Kaizen) through the use of retrospectives and common lean metrics