Why is this course important?

This course will teach the tools and techniques to successfully build and maintain end-to-end Kanban systems with special focus on creating and improving the upstream design and innovation function. Attendees will get hands-on practice developing an upstream Kanban board, gain experience running a STATIK workshop for upstream development, be introduced to the Kanban Maturity Model, take part in exercises in turbulent flow and failure demand, and apply learning through real-world case studies.

This class is the equivalent of the Kanban System Improvements class (KSI) class, but focussed on upstream Kanban systems, rather than downstream delivery.  It can be offered as a 1 day add on module for those that have already completed the KSI class.

  • Explore deeper Kanban practices to sustain evolutionary improvements.
  • Learn about the Kanban Maturity Model (KMM).
  • How you can use the cadences to create feedback loops.
  • Establish an upstream Kanban system
  • Engage stakeholders from different organizational levels and departments in idea generation and decision making
  • Manage and shape demand
  • Scale Kanban across an enterprise
  • Apply evolutionary change thinking when leading improvement in organizations

This workshop is hands-on, using various exercises alongside instructor-led discussions and presentations.


This course is suited for those who want to acquire solid knowledge about the core of the Kanban method, and want to design or improve upstream Kanban systems. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Managers and team members who want to get more out of their current Kanban system
  • Product Owners, Business Analysts, anyone in the role of SRM or a Design and Innovation role
  • Project Managers – to further their knowledge and application of upstream systems
  • Manage and shape demand
  • Scale Kanban across an enterprise
This course has been accredited by the Kanban University (KU). Each Student will receive a certificate of attendance.

Those students taking a KU-accredited course will be eligible to become members of the Kanban University.  

If you have completed the Kanban System Design class, then the Kanban Management Professional (KMP) credential certificate will be issued.  Please get in contact if you are not sure.


There will be a total of 16 hours class time (Including breaks).
  • There is no pre-work – Kick back, relax and wait for the class!

Interested in a private course for your team or organisation? Get in contact with us.
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Our trainers

Helen Meek

Also known as the ‘Kanban Queen’!  I love everything about Kanban and there is literally nothing that I cannot apply it too! But, I am not a one-trick pony and have vast experience with Scrum as well. Ultimately, I am about helping people and organisations evolve to truly unlock their full potential. I run several meets ups and am heavily involved with the community. Say ‘Hi’ the next time you see me. 
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