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Pragmatic Kanban Foundation


About the best practice

IP owner:Pragmatic Learning®
Accreditation institute:Van Haren Certify
Examination institute:certN

Kanban provides a way for “knowledge work teams” to manage work more effectively through the use of visualization and better management of the workflow while driving continuous improvement. Kanban practices and principles are an excellent addition for agile teams and organizations to manage better how value is delivered to the customer and is heavily influenced by Lean.

Certification definition

The Pragmatic Kanban Foundation certification is a professional recognition of a candidate’s understanding and application of Lean and Agile principles in the context of Kanban. Candidates who have achieved this certificate have demonstrated their knowledge of effectively implementing and using Kanban to improve their team’s performance through visualization, metrics, and collaboration. This certificate provides evidence of the candidate’s ability to understand the theory of Lean and Agile and apply it to improve organizational performance.

Certification requirements

Candidates can become certified by passing the Pragmatic Kanban Foundation certification exam.

Vouchers for the certification exam are available through accredited trainers and Van Haren Group.

Certificate renewal

The Pragmatic Kanban Foundation certificate is valid for life.

Exam format

The general exam regulations apply to this exam.
Attempts per voucher:1
Number of questions:40
Passing score:70%
Time:46 minutes




Question type:Multiple choice

Exam Syllabus

The following table is an overview of the topics examined in the certification exam.
#questions Level(s) of Cognition Category
1 2 3
10 Introduction to Kanban
  • Lean, Agile, Kanban
  • Kanban history, principles, and practices
  • Experiencing Kanban
  • Team dynamics and behaviors
  • Measuring for success
10 Visualizing your work with Kanban
  • Visualization
  • Identifying the work
  • Using a Kanban board
  • Kanban board designs
  • Dealing with special types of work
3 Meetings, events, and Kanban cadences
8 Improving Flow
  • Why flow matters
  • Finding opportunities for improvement
  • Manage bottlenecks
  • Solving impediments
3 Metrics and incremental improvements
4 Predictable service delivery
  • Understanding time to market and delivery speed
  • Forecasting and planning
2 Scaling Lean/Agile delivery with Kanban
More information about the levels of cognition
  • Level 1 - Knowledge: This level requires candidates to recall specific information or facts. They should demonstrate the ability to remember and recognize details, terms, or concepts from their learning materials.
  • Level 2 - Comprehension: At this level, candidates are expected to show their understanding of the acquired information. They should be able to interpret, explain, and summarize. Candidates must go beyond mere memorization and demonstrate that they can grasp the meaning and implications of the information they have learned.
  • Level 3 - Application: The focus at this level is on candidates’ ability to apply their acquired knowledge in practical situations. They should be able to use what they have learned to solve problems, apply principles, or implement strategies in real-world scenarios.
  • Level 4 - Analysis: Analysis involves candidates breaking down complex concepts into smaller parts and comprehending the relationships between them. Candidates must display the ability to analyze information, identify components, and understand the underlying connections between them.
  • Level 5 - Synthesis: At this level, candidates are expected to exhibit the ability to create something new by combining different ideas, concepts, or elements. Candidates must demonstrate their capacity to generate hypotheses, design experiments, or develop original solutions to problems. Synthesis involves creativity and the integration of different elements to form a novel whole.
  • Level 6 - Evaluation: This level requires candidates to use judgments or assessments based on criteria and evidence. Candidates must critically analyze information, compare and contrast different perspectives, and make informed decisions. They should demonstrate the ability to evaluate the quality, validity, and reliability of information, arguments, or solutions.

Reference Material

The reference material for the Pragmatic Kanban Foundation exam is as follows:

Kanban Foundation Courseware

Trainer accreditation

Van Haren Learning Solutions organizes the trainer accreditation for this certification program. More information on the accreditation process can be found on their website.