Kanban Coaching Professional (KCP) Masterclass is about one's effectiveness as a leader, change agent, coach and expert. You learn how to lead and motivate evolutionary change and improvement and apply the Kanban method in complex, difficult situations that arise in modern professional-service enterprises. It has always been the most advanced part of the Kanban curriculum, offering the deepest dive into the method.
The KCP Masterclass began in 2009, then known as the Kanban Leadership Workshop, and was taught for several years exclusively by the Kanban method originator David J Anderson. Virtually everyone who has ever discovered or contributed something original and substantial to the Kanban method (Healy, Burrows, Leopold, Steyaert, Achouiantz, Bozheva, etc. - a long list) and whose works are read and widely applied by Kanban users around the world, have one thing in common. They have all, with very few exceptions, have taken the Masterclass and can look back to it as the turning point in their careers.
Throughout the many years of the Masterclass' existence, the international Kanban coaching community established a strong correlation between successful Masterclass completion and the ability to lead deep changes in organizations, institutionalizing adaptive capability, evolutionary change capability, the culture of improving product and service delivery to customers and fitness for purpose. We have also come to observe the correlation between non-participation in the Masterclass and hitting a "ceiling" in understanding Kanban method, the nature of evolutionary change, and effectiveness of coaches, trainers, consultants and change agents.
You can also consider the "official" description of the KCP Masterclass on the Anderson School of Management website.
The Masterclass curriculum has evolved and adapted over the years and is now in its fifth generation. In 2017, I and a few senior KCPs took over the teaching of the Masterclass from David J Anderson. I'm trying to preserve the Masterclass tradition and at the same time put my own mark on it.
Throughout the week: difficult questions that you would like answered, difficult situations, in which you'd like to make progress, various questions about Kanban method, etc.
Throughout the Masterclass, but especially in the first three days: many case studies from various companies, illustrating the key ideas. There will also be several "technical" topics, but mostly after the halfway mark.
The KCP Masterclass program is very long and intense compared with other Lean Kanban University training programs. The "official" time is from 9 in the morning to 7 in the evening. Many participants also use the dinnertime to get to know each other better, to discuss situations in their companies, and to discuss the Masterclass material and their current interpretation of the material. Friday is the exception, we finish at 5.
|When?||Where?||Who is teaching?||Notes|
|2019 TBA||Seattle||Alexei Zheglov|
|Late 2018||TBD**||Alexei Zheglov|
|October 17-23||São Paulo||Alexei Zheglov and Rodrigo Yoshima|
|October 1-5||Washington, DC||Alexei Zheglov||Best opportunity for North American customers in 2018|
|2018 TBA||Mississauga*||Alexei Zheglov|
|August 6-10||Minsk||Alexei Zheglov||The first KCP Masterclass in the ex-USSR|
|June 25-29||Bilbao||David J Anderson||The only opportunity with David in 2018!|
*-Semi-private for two Canadian companies, won't be open for public registration
**-St. Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod are the top candidates. Definitely not in Moscow.
The Kanban Coaching Professional (KCP) is the top, expert-level credential in the Kanban method. Lean Kanban University (LKU) awards it through a peer review process. There is no certification or credential awarded as a result of the Masterclass completion.
A typical sequence of events and timeline for those seeking the KCP credential is as follows:
Not all KCP Masterclass participants seek the KCP credential. A deep dive into the Kanban method and a long-term investment in one's effectiveness as a leader and a change agent in complex modern enterprise environments have usually been primary and sufficient motivations for attendance.