Kanban Maturity Model:

Evolving Fit-for-Purpose Organizations

(Accelerated 1 day class for KCP)

Learning objectives

  • Understand the breadth of general kanban practices and the depth of specific practices implementing general practices such as Visualize and Limit WIP
  • Understand the Organizational Maturity Model and the mapping of specific Kanban practices and design patterns
  • Learn the cultural values and leadership styles which enable evolution of organizational agility
  • Understand the two failure modes of Kanban implementations: aborted start; and false summit plateaus.
  • Discover which practices are appropriate at each maturity level to avoid these failure modes
  • Learn how to use the model to provide a roadmap for improvement and ideas for what to do next to catalyse the next level of evolutionary change and business improvement
  • Learn the definition of “fit-for-purpose” and understand what it takes to evolve an organization that is fit-for-purpose
  • Learn how to use KMM together with other models and methods

1-day Course

Instructor: David J Anderson

Who Should Attend?

The course is designated to Certified Kanban Coaching Professionals who would like an accelerated review of the Kanban Maturity Model covering the following topics:

  • how to develop further their organizational agility
  • appropriate practices that allow delivering on customer expectations
  • how to achieve predictable economic outcomes and financial robustness
  • how to improve the predictability of their teams’ work and meet customer expectations.
  • how to define a realistic roadmap for their organizations based on a profound understanding of their current situation, the characteristics of the organizational culture and the defined purpose.
  • what leadership focus and actions are necessary to enable successful improvement.


This course requires the student to have completed the certification program as a Kanban Coaching Professional (KCP). Course participants are encouraged to have read the book Kanban Maturity Model by David J. Anderson and Teodora Bozheva.

Lean Kanban University® Certification

Are you looking for an internationally recognized certification in the Kanban Method? This course is a prerequisite together with the KCP credential for the KMM Lead Appraiser course and credential.

Course Outline

  • Understanding KMM levels
  • KMM Architecture
  • KMM and other models and methods: Lean/TPS, CMMI, Real World Risk Model
  • Evolving organizational culture with KMM
  • Fit-for-purpose organization
  • Developing Organizational Agility
  • Risk Management practices
  • Developing an antifragile organization
  • How to use KMM as a Kanban coach, Change agent, or Project Manager
  • Wrap Up
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