Software development and testing specialist DVT is offering a 50% discounted rate for their 2-day international Kanban training course taking place in Cape Town on 23 October and in Johannesburg on 26 October through its specialist training division, The DVT Academy.

The interactive course will focus on Kanban as an Agile framework and mindset, and will be hosted by renown UK-based Kanban trainer and consultant Karl Scotland.

“The competitive advantage that Agile brings to South African organisations is key in this time where the economy struggles to find its footing and competitive pressure increases both locally and from abroad,” says Melani French, Executive Head: Business Enablement at DVT.

“One way to overcome the threat is to transform into a ‘lean learning’ organisation, to find answers to pressing problems, and learn how to constantly adapt processes and strategies to cope with visible and unforeseen threats and opportunities,” says French. “Kanban teaches you how to do this, starting with a systemic understanding of the challenges and the impacts of the solutions, with the end-goal of creating individuals and teams that are continually responsive rather than reactive.”

French says the course is ideally suited to individuals and teams either thinking of adopting Agile as a framework, or already invested in Agile, wanting to harness new and advanced ideas and strategies.

“Kanban is the only framework I still utilise today in my professional and personal capacity. The course is tailored for project managers, process engineers, support engineers, managers, business individuals, developers and IT staff at all levels of competency,” she says. “It is also a unique opportunity to leverage from an international Kanban expert. The course is locally certified, with participants receiving a certificate of attendance from the DVT Academy.”

“Kanban is not an alternative to popular approaches such as Scrum, but is complementary and will help any team improve their ability to sustainably deliver valuable software earlier,” says Karl Scotland.

The structure of the two-day course will introduce Kanban concepts while participants practice them using a Kanban Canvas – a large single-page sheet describing the Kanban Thinking model. Games, exercises and discussions will be interleaved to explore key topics in more detail. Other learning objectives include:

  • Recognising the purpose of a Kanban system and the problems it is trying to solve
  • Matching the suitability of a Kanban system to the desired purpose in terms of flow, value and potential; and
  • Applying techniques to study the current context, including empathising with stakeholders, profiling demand and mapping value streams.

For more information, a detailed FAQ, and to register for the course in Johannesburg or Cape Town, visit: