getKanban Workshop

11 Sep 2018


The getKanban game is a demonstration of how Kanban works through simulation.

The getKanban game is played with a team of four to six people. The team has a playing board representing a Kanban task board, and a collection of story cards representing work to be done. Teams compete to maximize profit by optimizing the flow of work.
During the game the teams construct charts based on data from the game including a Cumulative Flow Diagram, a Run Chart, and a Lead Time Distribution Chart. Simulated events occur throughout the game to challenge the teams and require them to make various system design, prioritization, and resource allocation decisions.

The getKanban workshop can be done in half a day, or in an evening. The extended getKanban workshop takes a day and includes the full game (as opposed to a partial game in the short workshop) and a reflection on that it means for your daily work.

The workshop can be expanded with multiple teams if booked far enough in advance (please allow a month to obtain enough game boards)