A note from Toni and Jim:

We’ve worked with individuals, startups, hospitals, government agencies, non-profits, and Fortune 10 companies. We’ve had the privilege of working in just about every vertical on six continents and we’ve seen first hand the complicated, emotional, and frustrating ways we universally “organize” and process our work. Overload generated by email and phone calls, coupled with legitimate (and ever-changing) colleague and client need lead people to believe work is synonymous with overload, confusion, and stress. And that the solution to these issues is simply beyond their reach.

But it’s not. It’s simply a matter of effective communication.

To be sure, while getting people to communicate better is in itself an effort, much of the problem is just trying to communicate all there is to say.  Our context changes and so do our priorities. Tasks are then done hastily, work (and quality) gets away from us, and we seldom take the time to update others on our status. This isn’t because we’re hiding things from them or intentionally being evasive. And it’s certainly not because we’re evil.

It’s because we are constantly busy.

For us – and more than anything – Personal Kanban is the mechanism that contains and conveys all those really important things that we don’t have the time to. How much work do you have? Who is working on what? What information do you need? What work is in peril? What work can be improved? What work is coming your way?

We have watched Personal Kanban ease the stress of individuals, teams, and organizations world-wide. Elegantly and effectively it reveals all that information you didn’t have time to book a meeting for, in real-time, so that it is truly actionable. It lets people check the pulse of the team before taking on new work. It shows us when we can help each other finish quickly.

Removing that stress, letting people focus on what’s important…that’s what we’re all about.

Personal Kanban is a must read for knowledge workers and their leaders … A realistic and centered approach. Its simplicity is its strength.

Carmen Medina
Dept'y of Intelligence: Central Intelligence Agency (retired)

Personal productivity systems usually fail in practice because of complexity and they don’t reflect the collaborative nature of real work. Personal Kanban provides the simplest structure that could possibly work and lets you achieve a state of flow.

Ross Mayfield
Serial Entrepreneur - Social Text, Slideshare, LinkedIn, Pingpad

Personal Kanban shows you just how revolutionary the technique is, and is a must read for student to senior citizen who wants support to do fantastic work. Personal Kanban is simplistic and will become second nature; not only does it change with you and your life, it will change your life.

Patty Beidleman
Pre-school Teacher, Non-Profit Organizer, Caregiver and Mother
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