Change Leadership Masterclass

This leadership & coaching masterclass is for consultants, coaches, change agents, managers, and Kanban practitioners who want to take it further. Spend 5 days with Kanban thought leader, David J Anderson, and learn how to successfully lead change. This masterclass is also an educational requirement for the AKC (Accredited Kanban Consultant) credential from Kanban University. Previously known as the KCP Masterclass


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5 February

5 days, 05 Feb - 09 Feb
3:00pm CET - 7:00pm CET
  • Advanced Registration: Register 45 days prior €5,000.00 excl.
  • €6,250.00 excl.

20 May

5 days, 20 May - 24 May
9:00am CEST - 1:00pm CEST
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  • €6,250.00 excl.

20 May

5 days, 20 May - 24 May
2:00pm CEST - 6:00pm CEST
  • Advanced Registration: Register 45 days prior €5,000.00 excl.
  • €6,250.00 excl.
  • Description

    This Masterclass is ideal for anyone tasked with leading a change initiative in their organization or at a client organization. Attendees are also expected to be familiar with the content of the book, “Kanban – Successful Evolutionary Change for your Technology Business” by David J Anderson.


     If you find yourself saying the following this course is definitely for you;

    “I’m a consultant. I want to lead successful client engagements, helping them improve service delivery and achieve better customer satisfaction. Teach me how to be successful with Kanban!”


    “I’m an internal corporate coach or manager. Our organizational culture is better suited to evolutionary change. I’ve been asked to lead a Kanban implementation. Teach me what I need to know that I won’t easily find in the textbooks, blogs or conference archives!” 



    The focus of the Masterclass since 2009 has always been the same: the outcome we seek is educated coaches, consultants and managers with the mindset, knowledge, and tools to lead successful Kanban implementations.

    Over the last 6 years, the curriculum has evolved, with an increasing emphasis on the soft skills of managing change, leading an initiative and knowing which tools in the Kanban and Enterprise Services Planning domains to deploy in order to go around or overcome the inevitable objections that create inertia to the adoption of new ways of working.

    The latest curriculum focuses on evolutionary change, fitness for purpose, a deep understanding of The Kanban Method, evolutionary adoption via Proto-Kanban implementations, service-oriented organization design, all of our consulting tools, and our risk management module from ESP used to give your organization a common language for understanding work, by applying some logic to the problems of selection, sequencing, scheduling, capacity allocation, hedging and achieving flow.

    We strongly correlate Masterclass attendance with successful Kanban implementations. Alumni of the Masterclass regularly deliver institutionalized adaptive capability, a culture of improved service delivery and continual fitness for purpose.

    The course is taught with a great many anecdotes and vignettes with real-world examples that teach coaches a new way to see the psychology, sociology, social psychology, politics, and organizational dynamics of change. Students will participate in a series of group exercises analyzing case studies from the field. Coaches should leave with a new way of thinking about leading change and implementing Kanban, and membership of a new social group of like-minded peers all pursuing similar challenges. Some attendees have described the class as “life-changing”. The model for understanding why people resist change gives them a new way to look at life, at the people in it, and the social group dynamics they experience in every aspect of their life.



    • Psychology and Sociology of Change: Understanding the psychology of change will help you successfully introduce the Kanban Method, and help build a culture of continuous improvement in your organization.
    • Advanced Topics: This course goes beyond material covered in the “Kanban” book and the curriculum of the Kanban System Design (KMP I) and Kanban Management Profession (KMP II) classes. The focus is on leading and coaching Kanban rather than scaling it. For those who want to understand large scale, enterprise Kanban, we recommend the Enterprise Services Planning classes. The coaching includes Step 1 of the STATIK method, also covered in ESP module III – Understanding Fitness for Purpose – and exclusively includes Step 8 of the STATIK method – Negotiating and Implementing a Roll-out Plan.
    • Answers to the hard questions: The small class size, the focus on case materials and the pragmatic, actionable nature of Kanban guidance means you go back to your workplace with techniques you can apply immediately apply. The intimacy of the class and the experienced nature of your fellow attendees enables you to develop your network enabling a new source of answers to your hard questions. Real face time with David Anderson gives you the opportunity to get your personal questions and workplace challenges answered.
    • Consulting Tools: Friday of the class is dedicated to our consulting tools: Depth of Kanban Assessment Framework; Kanban Litmus Test; Kanban Appropriateness Appraisal; Developing a Custom Risk Assessment Framework; Service-oriented Organizational Design; Learning to see services to make “kanbanizing” an organization easier and more natural; Deep understanding of the STATIK method including Step1 – Understanding Fitness For Purpose – and Step 8 – negotiating buy-in and agreeing a roll-out plan.


    • Low-Class Size: The intent of limiting the workshop to a maximum of 12 attendees (typical attendance is around 8-10 people) is to have an interactive collaborative session designed to facilitate knowledge sharing and learning. Attendees should come prepared to discuss their own experiences with Kanban and challenging situations they’ve faced with change initiatives at clients or employers
    • Practical Knowledge: The goal of the Masterclass is to enable participants to go back into the field and successfully coach change initiatives for improved service delivery using the Kanban approach. Every workshop is different because of the unique experiences of each participant and their specific focus and desired outcomes.


  • Certification


    The Accredited Kanban Consultant program offers a professional credential for people coaching Kanban for organizations. The coaches may be embedded within organizations or they may be independent consultants.

    Accredited Kanban Consultants (AKC) are recognized and endorsed by Kanban University as highly qualified to help organizations apply the Kanban Method for greater success.

    AKCs successfully coach change initiatives for improved service delivery using the Kanban approach.

    Qualify to be an Accredited Kanban Consultant

    An AKC must satisfy all of the following requirements:

    • achieved the Kanban Management Professional (KMP) credential
    • achieved the Kanban Coaching Professional (KCP) credential
    • attend the 5-day KU certified Masterclass
    • 6 months verified experience in a Kanban initiative
    • Written essay submission
    • AKC Panel interview
    • one-time activation fee

    AKC Program benefits

    • Authorization to use the AKC letters and badging
    • Recognition on the Kanban University website Coaches directory
    • Access to private AKC-only forums for professional collaboration
    • Invitations to exclusive events worldwide plus participation in ‘Ask an AKC’ coaching sessions
    • Communicates to employers and clients the most advanced qualification in coaching with Kanban

  • Prerequisites

    There are no prerequisites for this class if you are not intending on using the training to achieve the AKC credential from Kanban University. 

  • Course Includes

    20 hrs live training with David J Anderson
    10 Hrs of high quality training videos
    Interactive group sessions with your peers
    Self study exercises and online portal access
    Kanban University, AKC Certified Training
    Access to our online learning portal
    Affordable Pricing Policy by Country

  • Testimonials


    • Jörg Müller-Kindt

      Founder and CEO, Inselleben; Co-Lead Atlassian Community

      “Enough material to easily fill a semester with discussions about how to lead, how people (or penguins) individually and as groups react to change, how resistance against change manifests, and how to overcome or circumvent it. Thoroughly enjoyable and recommendable.”


    • Jeff Anderson

      AKC, Deloitte

      “As the lead for Deloitte LEAN, a service offering dedicated to helping technology workers excel in their craft, I can speak first hand to the influence David’s class has had on how I have conducted numerous large scale organizational transformation initiatives”


    • Laurent Morriseau

      AKC, Morisseau Consulting

      “This Kanban masterclass has helped me to deeply understand the Kanban Method, with a more organizational and management point of view. Advanced topics such as change and risk management and other models have been covered, which makes it complementary to David’s Kanban training class.”


    • Jon Terry

      AKC, LeanKit

      “His teaching style is engaging and practical. His material is rich with real-world examples. And the caliber of fellow attendees, and the conversation that engenders, is phenomenal. David and his team are on the elite shortlist of Lean-Kanban trainers around the globe.”