Frequent visitors might have noticed a new banner on the sidebar of the blog that says “Kanban Coaching Professional.” It might come as a surprise that I’ve decided to join the Kanban Coaching Professional program. After all, I used the word certifiction (no typo here) repeatedly, shared my concerns about the idea of certifying anything around Kanban and even showed my hatred to any certification at all. And now, I jump on KCP bandwagon.
Why, oh why?
Well, I must admit I like a couple things in the approach David Anderson and Lean Kanban University have chosen in the program. Peer review is one. To get through the process and become a Kanban Coaching Professional, you need to talk with folks who know the stuff.
On one hand it sounds sort of sectarian – we won’t let you in unless we like you. On the other, it is just a good old recommendation process. I trust Mike Burrows so I trust people who Mike trusts, etc. This way the title means something more than just a participation trophy. Also, the seed people who will be running the decision-making process are very decent.
There is a risk of leaving some people behind – those who are not active members of the Kanban community but are otherwise knowledgeable and smart folks. Well, I really do hope it won’t become some sort of coven who doesn’t let fresh blood in. It definitely is a risk Lean Kanban University should pay close attention to.
Another thing I like is that there’s been an option to be grandfathered into the program. By the way, otherwise I wouldn’t be a part of this. I just don’t feel like attending a course just to be approved. That’s just not my way of doing things.
I prefer to write and speak regularly about Kanban, showing that I do and know the stuff, instead of attending the course. Yeah, this is a hard way but it’s just the way I prefer. With such an attitude, there’s no way I’m going to be CSM, but it seems the Kanban community has some appreciation for non-standard cases such as myself.
Actually, I hope this option will be kept open. I mean I can imagine great people with an attitude similar to mine – willing to get their hands dirty (and prove it) – but not really willing to attend the course.
Because, when we are on the course, I’m not a fan of this requirement. I understand it is there for a reason and, to be honest, I don’t think I have a better idea for now, but I have the comfort of standing at the sideline and saying “I don’t like it.”
I guess it is supposed to be a business, so there needs to be a way of making money out of it. For the time being though, not the business which I’m a part of.
However, the simple reason that I could, and rather easily, become a Kanban Coaching Professional isn’t why I decided to give it a go. After all you still need pay some money for this, so we’re back to the question: “Why?”
As Kanban gets more and more popular, I see more people jumping on this bandwagon, offering training, coaching and what have you. The problem is that sometimes I know these people and I’m rather scared that they are teaching Kanban.
Not that I want to forbid anyone to teach Kanban, but I believe we arrived to the point where we need a distinction. The distinction between people who invest their time to keep in touch with the community, attend events, share experience, engage discussions, etc. and those who just add a Kanban course to their wide training portfolio because, well, people want to buy this crap.
This is exactly why I decided to get enrolled in the KCP program. For this very distinction.
I believe that, at least for now, it differentiates people who you’d like to hire to help you with Kanban from those who you can’t really tell anything about. This is where I see the biggest value of KCP. I really do hope it will stay this way.
Unless the situation changes the banner will hang there on the sidebar and I will use KCP title as a confirmation of my experience and knowledge about Kanban. Sounded a bit pompous, didn’t it? Anyway, if you look for help with Kanban, pay attention to these banners or KCP titles.