Pragmatic Kanban Certification


About the Pragmatic Kanban

In this new millennium, the world is not only changing at lightning speed; it’s still increasing. New technology streaming has already had a huge impact on the way we communicate with one another. Being able to work in an Agile manner and adopting techniques such as lean working is becoming vital to organizational survival. There are many lean and Agile approaches in place for different ways of working and different sizes of organizations. At the moment (2020), the most popular approach is scrum. Although this approach works well for most organizations with teams working on “change”, Scrum is not sufficient if teams are working on “run” or both issues at the same time. A clear example here is an IT Development team is working on “change” while an IT Operations team is working on “run”, or an IT DevOps team working on both. Or a Business Operation team is combining work on the call center, analyzing, reporting etcetera. Pragmatic Kanban can be more helpful in facilitating this type of work. Kanban can function in a much broader sense and is then of greater value to an organization in these instances. Kanban can also help an organization to get a feel for Agile and gradually ease them into an organizational way of Agile working, while still benefitting from a combination of proven lean practices with cross-team collaboration.

The Pragmatic Kanban Foundation Exam

The Pragmatic Kanban Foundation exam is generic and is intended for everyone who works in, or will work in or with, an organization interested in reaping the benefits of using Kanban. Scrum is often misguidedly mistaken as the primary introduction into an Agile way of working, as previously explained above in more detail.

Kanban and the use of visual boards can be seen as a broader and more practical introduction into the Agile way of working but it can also be applied to different parts of the organization. Kanban can be used for IT Development, IT Operations, business development, business operations, HR, marketing, control, purchasing, sales, and also at an executive or managerial level.

After you finished the exam you will receive the result directly. If you passed the exam, you will gain access to the certificate.


Pragmatic Kanban Foundation Courseware – English

9789401805421- hardcopy
9789401805483- eBook

About the Certification

Who is the Foundation level for?

The Pragmatic Kanban Foundation certificate is intended for those who are familiar with the basic concept of “Agile” and “Lean”. Though would like to discover what Kanban exactly entails and would like to effectively implement Kanban in their teams through the use of visualization and the application of lean and agile principles.


The idea behind this exam is that you are serious about delving into the theory of Lean and Agile in general – and Kanban in specific. How you decide to do that will be up to you. You can read books, articles, or blogs. You can also watch videos, listen to podcasts, attend events, or observe others who are working with Kanban in practice. Or another possibility is to follow the Practical Kanban Foundation course.


Even though we talk about this being a “Foundation” exam, it does not mean that the exam will be easy. Being Lean and Agile and understanding Kanban is often challenging. So prepare well!


Naturally, a genuine interest in the subject helps if you want to pass the Practical Kanban Foundation exam. This exam will help you to determine if you are going to be able to stand your ground when effectively implementing Kanban.


A certificate is useful when submitting a job application or doing an interview. We firmly believe that the knowledge gained during your preparation for the exam is, however, what will truly make a difference. The next step in your continuous learning journey is further growth in Lean and/or Agile certification. A great place to start is with the Agile Foundation, Practitioner, or Master Exam from the Certify to Inspire program of the Agile Consortium, for example.


Click here for more information: www.certifytoinspire.com

Who is the target audience?

Kanban is for you if one or more of the following statements are true:

  • The team has more work than time (overloaded)
  • It is not always clear who is working on what
  • The team always receives feedback late or unpredictably
  • A need for more cooperation and knowledge sharing (many islands with a lot of knowledge) exists
  • A lot is being worked on, but little is actually being achieved due to constantly changing priorities
  • It is unclear which activities are contributing to the organizational goals
  • Poorly planned, highly urgent work
  • The same team is doing multiple projects with many stakeholders

Parts of the organization that typically implement Kanban practices:

  • IT teams who do more than just new product development
  • Marketing, HR, Business Operations, Finance, Control, Legal, Sales
  • DevOps, IT Operation teams
  • Security, Architecture and BI teams (high level of expert knowledge)

What are the key things you will learn?

The pragmatic Kanban certification is perfect as a base for further growth on Lean and Agile and certification. Preparation for the Agile Foundation Exam from the Agile Consortium can be added to this training as an option as well as the certification Exam itself.

Subject include; 

    • After the course candidates:
      1. understand foundational Lean/Agile principles on which Kanban was developed
      2. can work in a team that has adopted Kanban as a method for work delivery
      3. can visualize their process and work using a Kanban board
      4. are able to leverage Kanban to manage priorities, conflicts and opportunities in their work delivery process
      5. understand role-based scenarios when practicing Kanban
      6. understand how Kanban principles and practices can be applied with other lean and/or agile methods like Scrum
      7. understand how to predictably forecast work and manage stakeholder expectations
      8. can identify opportunities for improvement in their process
      9. can identify opportunities for radically improving time to market
      10. can analyse and interpret data generated by their process and take action accordingly in order to improve delivery

What are the exam requirements?

You must pass a multiple-choice exam in which your knowledge of Kanban will be tested to obtain a Kanban Foundation certificate.

All exam candidates will get access to the online exam environment and will need to answer 60 multiple-choice questions within 60 minutes.

You must answer 70% of the questions correctly (or at least 42 of the 60 questions) to pass. Each question has exactly four possible answers where only one is the best answer.
You will receive the result immediately after the exam. (Digital) Access to your certificate will be given once you have passed.

Register for the exam can be done by purchasing a participation certificate at  www.vhls.global.

Number of questions: 60
Time (minutes) for the exam: 60 min.
% minimal passing grade 70%
Open/closed book: Closed
Language: English. Click on www.vhls.global for other available languages.
Exam format: Online. Written exams can only be taken upon request.
Type of questions: The exam consists exclusively of multiple-choice questions with four possible answers. (one is the best answer)
Are there also negative questions included in the exam?
(for example: “which of the following is NOT a principle in the Agile Manifesto”)
Yes. Candidates are advised to read the questions carefully.

How to prepare for the exam?

During your exam preparation, you will familiarize yourself with the concepts of Lean and Agile thinking in general, and Kanban in specific. There are ongoing publications about Kanban, Agile, and Lean. So, it should be easy to find books, articles, blogs, vlogs, or videos about different aspects. We want to encourage you to look into these and discover your way around the world of Kanban.


The exam is related to the Pragmatic Kanban Foundation Courseware. Additional recommended literature to study:

  • Kanban: Successful Evolutionary Change for Your Technology Business
    Author: David J Anderson
    ISBN: 9780984521401
  • Kanban from the Inside
    Author: Mike Burrows
    ISBN: 9780985305192
  • Personal Kanban Mapping Work – Navigating Life
    Author: Tonianne Demaria Barry
    ISBN: 9781453802267
  • Practical Kanban From team Focus To Creating Value
    Author: Klaus Leopold
    ISBN: 9783903205390

The following will also be provided to help you prepare for the exam:

  • An indication of how each module weighs on the exam.
  • A practice exam is available online after purchasing an exam. The practice exam contains questions at the same level as the questions in the actual exam. The number of questions may differ from the actual exam. The actual exam contains 60 questions for which you get 60 minutes.

When do I receive my Certificate and Social Badge?

After passing the exam with over 70%,  your certificate will be provides shortly after via email.

Find more infor on how to get your Social Badge here

Find more infor on how to get your Certificate here

About the Exam

How do I take the exam?

It’s an online exam, done in certN platform.

After ordering the exam voucher via the webshop you will receive a download link and voucher code in your conformation email.
By following this download link and voucher code you will gain access to the exam on the certN platform.

Here you will register yourself first and follow the procedures, the exam will NOT start directly.

You can on the certN Platform first do the practice exam to prepaire yourself for the actual before doing exam.

What are the system requirements for the exam?

Reliable internet connection is the main requirement.
You can take the exam on a computer or a mobile device, but we don’t recommend using mobile devices.

How can I contact you for support?

  • For support related to your training, voucher, etc.: Sales@vanharen.net
  • For technical support in using the exam platform: support@certn.global
  • For reporting issues or asking questions related to the content: contact the examiner using the “coaching” feature available on the platform (explained in the guide below)

What if my internet is disconnected in the middle of the exam?

You can go back to the platform and continue where you left off, using the same or a different device. Time will be running while you’re disconnected.

When do I get my results?

Immediately after finishing the exam.

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