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APK Course Overview

The essence of Kanban in practice

  • Optimize the flow of value, not the flow of activities
  • Prioritize within throughput, adjust for noise
  • Better to have slack than to overwhelm
  • As needed, split items into smaller but valuable items
  • Show empathy within, upstream, and downstream
  • Unblock, focus, finish, & feed
  • Do ensemble work as needed 
  • Look after work item aging
  • Lower aging => Lower cycle times => after a time lag.
    More stable throughput, then higher throughput
  • Get a more robust flow… without adding more people
  • Expand optimization of flow upstream and downstream and at higher levels

Applying Professional Kanban

Kanban is fast becoming the modern way to manage an organization's delivery of customer value. In today's always-on environment, you need a clear set of practices that don't hinder your ability to deliver continuously but provide enough structure to keep everyone aligned and focused. This 16-hour course will give you an in-depth introduction to improving effectiveness by applying Kanban flow principles.

Course Learning Objectives

In this class, you will learn the basic principles of flow and how to use them to make your flow more efficient, predictable, and effective. With an emphasis on the practical application of concepts, this course includes many hands-on exercises that will lead you through setting up and operating a Kanban system for continuous value delivery and improvement.

After attending the course, learners will be able to:

  • Explain the basic principles of flow
  • Describe the value of WIP limits
  • Create a visual board to manage your work
  • Capture and interpret key flow metrics and analytics to find improvement opportunities
  • Explain why flow should be focused on value delivery
  • Define, build, operate, and continuously improve a Kanban system


  • Kanban theory, strategy, and practices
  • Applying Kanban practices
  • Workflow design and visualization
  • How to get started

Certification included

All participants completing the Applying Professional Kanban course will receive a password to attempt the Applying Professional Kanban certification assessment. APK class participants who attempt the APK assessment within 14 days of the class and do not score at least 85% will be granted a 2nd attempt at no additional cost.

Who should attend?

The APK course is for anyone who wants to improve their ability to deliver value and be more effective. 

Typical attendee roles include team members, team leads, agility coaches, scrum masters, product owners, project managers/directors, product managers/leaders, management, and leaders at all levels. 

This particular class is aimed at entrepreneurs, executives, and board members.


The mission is to support all Kanban practitioners (new or old) by providing a safe and inclusive forum to learn about Kanban.

Profile of the trainers:


Top 10 Thinkers 360John Coleman

Top 50 Agile Leaders 2022Ecocycle planning - Liberating Structure in Sofia

*Active agility chef, executive agility guide, and product manager

*#2 Agile Thinkers360

*Leadershum Top 50 Agile Leaders 2022

*Flight Levels Coach, ProKanban Professional Kanban Trainer, Professional Scrum Trainer including Nexus, LeSS Friendly Scrum Trainer

*Creator of Kanplexity™ & Xagility™

*Co-author of Kanban Guide

*Host of Xagility™ & Agility Island podcasts

*See for social and podcast links

*See for John's other classes

*InfoQ article June 2022 – why you might need an island of agility

*InfoQ article August 2022 – talking about sizing & forecasting in Scrum

What John Coleman's Students Say

*Google reviews

*TrustPilot reviews

*VocalReferences reviews

Google 21Dec19  Trustpilot as at 21Dec19   VocalReferences 21Dec19

*When offered in person, this course is generally delivered over two consecutive days. When offered as a Live Virtual Class, it may be broken up into more, shorter days, sometimes consecutive, sometimes one week apart.

It's not just about Reviews & Ratings. 

Reviews & ratings are limited by nature. John needs to understand if the learning made a real difference back in the office. So, John likes to check in 12-18 months later. He sees a pattern of improvement and regularly gets pleasant vibes from successful agility inspired by ideas from the training. 
John's Scrum+Kanban Nexus+ case studies can be found at 

John is grateful to be part of Marshall Goldsmith's #payitforward campaign and, in so doing, offers free coaching/mentoring/co-training to a selection of potential agility chefs. Marshall Goldsmith taught John in Salt Lake City in February 2018. 


Christian is a seasoned professional with several years of experience in the industry. He has held various roles, including CTO, Scrum Master, Agile Coach, Kanban Trainer, Software Developer, and Software Architect. Throughout his career, Christian has demonstrated a strong ability to lead and manage teams and a deep understanding of software development best practices. He is passionate about helping teams achieve their goals and continuously improve their processes.

Client list

John's client list (directly or indirectly) includes Japanese Tobacco International, TUI, Lilbit, digital2DNA, Shell, BP, Barclaycard, Vocalink Mastercard, Centrica, the Musgrave Group, RR Donnelley, DELL, Nordic Aviation Services, 84.51, Intralinks, PaySafe, Vodafone, Ericsson, NASA, and Sky.  

Free assessment readiness call(s)

Assessment preparation tends not to be covered in the workshop. The workshop focuses on attendees getting ready to apply new skills back at work immediately after the workshop. There is an expectation that attendees will attend some free post-workshop Zoom calls and watch recordings of their own group (or previous groups) doing tough practice tests, sometimes including John Coleman's own practice tests, which address the same learning outcomes, albeit from a different angle. John expects attendees to attend the calls, as assessment preparation does not scale on a 1:1 basis. Signing up for this workshop is effectively signing up to attend these calls.


Sometimes, John Coleman will have a trusted co-trainer to give a helping hand, someone already qualified or building up experience.

  Live Virtual

  • Each segment is 60-75 minutes long with 15-30-minute breaks.
  • No recording of the workshop to improve openness. The workshop size is limited to 20 attendees.
  • Workshop attendees will use Zoom/Teams, Mural, Miro, and John's physical flipcharts.

 Rules to follow:

  • cameras on
  • mics on - let's avoid delayed interventions
  • be on time for every segment
  • no meetings/phone calls/emails during the active segments
  • be self-aware and conscious of the needs of others to have their say
  • no hijacking of the agenda; there is time after the official end of each session for additional questions.

Classes are usually small, and even if not, John Coleman uses techniques that make a large class run very well, to a limit. John Coleman does not train class sizes over his operational limit, so attendees can rightly get the full benefit of his classes.

  Payment, fees & cancellation

*Payment in advance is required; there are no exceptions. For example, all documentation requirements for invoice payment by the training date must be declared at the outset. 

*You may cancel up to the specified online ticketing deadline, and if so, depending on the payment engine/approach, the refund could have deductions for bank transfer fees.

*You may postpone your ticket with a minimum of three business days' notice; after that, your lack of attendance at the booked date will be treated as a cancellation with zero refund (due to planning & venue costs for class numbers). Best efforts will be made to fit you into a later workshop. A postponement rescinds your notice period for a refund.

*Electronic manuals and assessment fees are included. Physical manuals are not provided.

Data protection, data privacy

*Attendees may be asked to optionally consent to receive communications, e.g., follow-up email newsletters.

*A booking is not a guarantee of attendance. 

*The trainer must submit your name and email address to in order to get an assessment code. 

*Attendees will be invited to a community for continued learning.

*It's possible that photograph or video permission will be requested in class for follow-up marketing purposes and social media.

*Reviews, testimonials, and feedback for improvement will be requested. Attendees may also be asked to provide feedback to 

*See the privacy statement at

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