Leading your distributed team with Kanban (includes TKP Certification)

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Achieve seamless team collaboration, get predictable, and nail your release dates despite an uncertain future.

This course will be delivered over the course of 1 week in three live online sessions with preparation work, short assignments between sessions, and a follow-up coaching circle with the instructor.

For millions worldwide, working from home has become a sudden and unexpected reality. Without warning you have been thrust into a new level of responsibility -- and requisite skills -- that's leaving you scrambling to reconfigure the very foundation of your team management approach.

If you want to develop the skills to lead your distributed team through the chaos with clarity and confidence from the comfort of your home office, then this is the course for you.

Course Overview

Leading your Distributed Team with Kanban introduces you to the fundamentals of Kanban and illustrates how Kanban can be pragmatically applied in a distributed team setting to:

  • Become faster and more responsive to change
  • Increase shared ownership of project outcomes
  • Improve risk management and team governance
  • Increase predictability and control

This course achieves all learning outcomes in Kanban University’s Team Kanban Practitioner (TKP) curriculum and provides an additional 4 hours of live training and coaching to enhance the skills of leaders working in distributed work environments.

The Online Edition of this class includes:

  • Guided preparation work to get you ready
  • 3 virtual classroom sessions of 3 hours each
  • Lots of collaboration time with your classmates
  • A small amount of homework and reflection between sessions
  • 75 minute follow-up coaching circle after the class concludes
  • Team Kanban Practitioner (TKP) credentialling from Kanban University

Following short, focused lectures, the class will engage in group activities to reinforce each topic and maximize your understanding and retention of Kanban concepts.

Upon completion of this 12-hour training, you will receive a Team Kanban Practitioner (TKP) Certification from Kanban University, the global authority in the Kanban Method.

The Applied Frameworks Learning Experience

At Applied Frameworks, we put you at the center of the learning experience in two important ways:

  1. We emphasize collaboration. Our online learning format combines virtual training with peer collaboration to keep you engaged in each session.
  2. Learn while having fun. We incorporate visual collaboration frameworks to teach Kanban in a fun, collaborative environment. All of our courses are taught by experts with years of real-world experience, so you can be sure that all the lessons are paired with relatable examples.

Praise from Real Students

"Great course that helped me (a new Flow Master) gain confidence in the methodology."

"This training was fun and informative. The trainer was great at keeping everyone engaged."

"Tremendous practical feedback for organizations working through Kanban adoption."

"I learned new techniques to help educate others in Kanban."

"Kert was great. Kept us on time while encouraging participation."


Three 3-hour training sessions on Tue/Wed/Thu serve as the primary vehicle for course content. Training sessions are preceded by a short orientation session on Monday afternoon and followed by a short retrospective on Friday. A 75-minute coaching circle is scheduled for the week following based on attendee schedules.

Monday (5/11) - 45 min orientation and tech-check
Tuesday (5/12) - 9am-12pm ET
Wednesday (5/13) - 9am-12pm ET
Thursday (5/14) - 9am-12pm ET
Friday (5/15) - 45 min close-out retrospective

This course focuses on interaction — we only use lecture to cover the fundamental terms and concepts. Most class time is dedicated to thought-provoking exercises, engaging discussion, and team collaboration.

What You Receive

  • A detailed student workbook full of custom exercises, activities and course summaries that capture the essential points you need to learn and comprehend to apply Kanban in a team setting.
  • Documented Kanban case studies explaining how Kanban was used to create successful outcomes and improved teams.
  • A reading list of great books to jump start your continuing education on topics such as how to do Kanban better, scaling Kanban, facilitation, collaboration, communication and other essential topics.
  • Thought-provoking articles related to the application of Kanban, the challenges associated with doing Kanban, identifying waste in your business, how Kanban can be used to facilitate change.
  • Access to a 45 minute, personalized question and answer session with a Kanban expert at the conclusion of the first day to answer your specific questions about Kanban and how to get your teams started with Kanban.
  • the Team Kanban Practitioner Certificate of completion issued by Kanban University, membership in the Kanban University and a listing in the LKU Alumni Directory.

Who Should Attend?

Leading your Distributed Team with Kanban is suitable for team leads or project managers involved in the delivery of professional services such as application development, infrastructure, or operations. Non-IT disciplines that could benefit from this foundational training include: Operations, Marketing, Procurement, Legal, or other knowledge work domains seeking to optimize delivery of customer value.

While the focus of the class is for people who want to learn how to leverage the Kanban method framework to lead teams, any member of the Team or the organization who is interested in how to pragmatically apply Kanban would find this class useful, including:

  • People in the coaching role or moving into the role
  • Project Managers seeking to expand their knowledge of Kanban
  • Functional Managers and Team Leads at all levels of their career
  • Architects and Business Analysts
  • Software Designers, Developers and Testers

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The only prerequisite is a willingness to learn in a collaborative setting. Previous experience with the Kanban Method is helpful but not required.

What You Will Learn

Through original content, interactive simulations, and real-world case studies you will:

  • Understand essentials attributes of Kanban systems
  • Experience flow in a Kanban simulation
  • Discover principles and practices of Kanban
  • Practice elements of board design and card design.
  • Identify vital metrics for "tunint your Kanban system
  • Apply Kanban cadences as feedback loops to evolve your system
  • Examine and Assess selected real-world boards

Course Agenda


  • Complete pre-assessment
  • Orientation & Tech-check
  • Review Essential Kanban (Anderson & Carmichael e-book)
  • Other readings and videos

Session 1 (3 hours)

  • Formation
  • Introduction to Kanban and Agile
  • Kanban simulation
  • Homework

Session 2 (3 hours)

  • Kanban Practices
  • Kanban Change Principles
  • Explicit Policies
  • Kanban Cadences
  • Distributed Team Considerations and Practice

Session 3 (3 hours)

  • Work item types
  • Ticket and Board Design
  • Classes of Service
  • Distributed Teams Considerations and Practice
  • Kanban Maturity Model
  • Closing & Next Steps

45-minutee Instructor-led Post-Assessment & Feedback

75-minute coaching circle the week following class completion.

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Meet Your Instructor

Kert Peterson

Kert Peterson began his career in 1990 as a Software Engineer in NASA's Space Shuttle program. His roots as a maker afford him practical insights into the daily challenges faced by testers, engineers, and creatives. Kert is a Kanban Mangement Professional (KMP) and has been an Accredited Kanban Trainer (AKT) since 2017.

Since co-training with Ken Schwaber and being designated a Certified Scrum Trainer® in 2004, Kert has supported and guided Agile Transformations for a wide range of companies, including Fidelity Investments, Mission Health, Duke Energy, Bank of America, and Capital One Financial. At Bank of America, Peterson launched multiple Kanban teams in a 6-month transition to a lean-agile delivery system for 120-person organization.

Kert holds a B.S. in mathematics from the University of Texas at San Antonio and pioneers new models of adult learning as principal consultant at Applied Frameworks. When not consulting, Kert likes to spend time playing mandolin, teaching tai chi, and hiking the Canadian Rockies.

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