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Professional Scrum with Kanban™ (PSK)

This program is conducted in association with Agilemania.

Jan-Dec, 2024. Certification Fees is included in the Training Cost

Course Description:

Professional Scrum™ with Kanban (PSK) provides experienced Scrum Masters and other practitioners with an introduction to incorporating Kanban practices into the Professional Scrum framework. This interactive and activity-based training course will teach students how to improve their working processes by adding proven flow techniques to the DevOps, Continuous Integration, and Continuous Delivery (CIIn addition). In addition, students will gain skills to achieve better outcomes through workflow by integrating theory, case studies, and hands-on exercises.

Additionally, this course focuses on helping students track and manage flow metrics to provide more predictable delivery patterns, ultimately helping them overcome common delivery challenges. Finally, this course teaches students how to implement Kanban within a Professional Scrum environment and what good Kanban looks like.

Course Objectives:

➜   Gain a clear understanding of how flow works within the context of Scrum.
➜   Be introduced to Kanban practices that Scrum Teams can adopt to help improve their effectiveness and efficiency.
➜   Understand how to effectively use the appropriate Kanban practices without changing.
➜   Learn a practical approach to improving transparency and visibility of work.

Who Should Attend?

The Professional Scrum with Kanban course is for anyone doing Scrum. It is particularly beneficial for those people within an organization who use Scrum to deliver products to the market including Product Owners, Development Team Members and Scrum Masters.

Course Topics:

Dispelling Common Myths

Myths are like Kanban is for support work, Kanban is alternative to Scrum, Kanban is for complicated domains etc. Will see how Kanban can get together with Scrum to maximize the benefit of Scrum.

First, a quick review of a key tenet of The Scrum Guide: Scrum is founded on empirical process control theory, or empiricism. Empiricism asserts that knowledge comes from experience and making decisions based on what is known. Three pillars uphold every implementation of empirical process control: transparency, inspection, and adaptation.

Scrum mandates that the Sprint Backlog be transparent, but it provides limited guidance on how to accomplish this. Nor does it define how to achieve explicit transparency to the flow of work into the Product Backlog, from the Product Backlog into the Sprint Backlog, and whatever happens to the work after it makes it into a “Done” increment. This is where Kanban can help. By visualizing work in new ways, a Scrum Team can apply the set of practices laid out in this guide to more effectively optimize value delivery. These practices borrow from and build upon the principles of lean thinking, product development flow, and queuing theory.

Visualization using the Kanban board is the way the Scrum Team makes its workflow transparent. The board’s presentation should prompt the right conversations at the right time and proactively suggest opportunities for improvement.

Work in Progress (WIP) refers to the work items the Scrum Team has started but has not yet finished. Scrum Teams using Kanban must explicitly control these in-progress work items from the time they consider them “started” until the time they consider them “finished.” That control is usually represented as a number or numbers on a Kanban board. Those numbers are called “WIP Limits.”

Limiting WIP is a necessary component to achieve flow, but it alone is not sufficient. The third practice to establish flow is the active management of work items in progress. Active management can take several forms, including but not limited to the following:

  • Responding quickly to blocked work items.
  • Making sure that work items are only pulled into the workflow at about the same rate that they leave the workflow.
  • Ensuring work items aren’t left to age unnecessarily and are completed according to an established SLE.
  • Unclogging work that piles up in a column or columns.

Optimizing flow requires defining what flow means in a Scrum context. Each Scrum Team must create its definition of “Workflow” containing the following elements:

  • Defined points at which the Scrum Team considers work to have started and to have finished.
  • A definition of the individual units of customer value that are flowing through the Scrum Team’s system (most likely Product Backlog Items (PBIs)).
  • A definition of the workflow states that the PBIs flow through from start to finish (of which there must be at least one active state).
  • Explicit policies about how workflows through each state (which may include items from a Scrum Team’s definition of “Done” and pull policies between stages).
  • A definition of how Work in Progress (WIP) will be limited.
  • A set Service Level Expectation (SLE) that communicates a forecast of how long it should take to complete work items.

Scrum Teams achieve flow optimization by using the following four practices:

  • Visualization of the workflow
  • Limiting WIP
  • Active management of work items in progress
  • Inspecting and adapting their definition of “Workflow”

Kanban in a Scrum context does not require any additional events to those outlined in The Scrum Guide. However, using a flow-based perspective can enhance Scrum events.



What is the duration and timings of this course?

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No. We do not provide any tools with this course.

Yes this certification is valid for lifetime.

No, we do not provide placement.

The maximum batch size is 20 members in one batch.

Yes post training support will be provided, you can contact the trainers for any queries which you may have.

No, coding is not a prerequisite.

We strongly recommend that the participants attend the batch which they have specifically registered for. There can be exceptions in case of emergencies but the difference in fee(if any) will have to be borne by the participant.

No we do not provide refunds upon cancellation.

Yes we can arrange for an in-house batch for your company given there are a minimum of 10 participants per batch.

Professional Scrum with Kanban™ PSK Certification


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