Design: The Status Column

Jim BensonDesignPatterns, PersonalKanbanLeave a Comment

The Problem: Sometimes we are waiting to hear the status of something. That status could come at any time and from any type of communication (email, phone, mention in the hallway, etc.). But we are waiting. If we wait too long, not knowing will cause us problems – but waiting isn’t a task. We lose track of time and suddenly … Read More

Jim BensonDesign: The Status Column

5 Ways to Focus and Finish

Jim BensonExpert, Neuroscience1 Comment

Focusing on our most important work (so that we can get it out the door and create value) is hard. It’s harder still when work suddenly picks up, is unfamiliar, or arrives with immediate deadlines when we are already busy. The tyranny of the urgent often distracts us from what is truly important. We lose focus on the important and … Read More

Jim Benson5 Ways to Focus and Finish

How Many Options Do You Have?

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The other day I was driving down Point Brown Road in Ocean Shores, Washington. Ocean Shores is a small town with almost no economic base. If you live there you are likely a retiree or work in one of the restaurants or hotels that serve the tourists. The Internet in Ocean Shores is anemic, but it does exist. Yet, when … Read More

Jim BensonHow Many Options Do You Have?

Q: What stops you from acting? A: You!

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Most of us, in our heads, have a list of “If I had onlies”.  These are horrible little things that nag us. If I’d only painted those steps, if I’d only bought those shares when the company was at the bottom, if I’d only … It’s clear we can’t live in a world of regret, but it’s also clear that … Read More

Jim BensonQ: What stops you from acting? A: You!

Finding Our Own Value – Growing By Understanding

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There are those days where your Personal Kanban is on fire. You are in a state of flow and tickets are just moving right along. The days go by and you look at your DONE column … it’s full. Really really full. The DONE tickets seem to swim. There are so many of them. You’ve been productive, but what might … Read More

Jim BensonFinding Our Own Value – Growing By Understanding

Construire son premier tableau de Personal Kanban

Jim BensonFrench1 Comment

Construire son premier tableau de Personal Kanban est vraiment quelque chose de très simple. Tout ce qu’il vous faut est un tableau blanc ou, à défaut, un mur, des crayons-feutres et des feuillets adhésifs. Une première étape consiste à établir votre chaîne de valeur. La chaîne de valeur représente le flux de votre travail de son début à son achèvement. … Read More

Jim BensonConstruire son premier tableau de Personal Kanban

Qu’est-ce que le Kanban et le Personal Kanban ?

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Le terme kanban peut avoir plusieurs sens. 1. Le mot japonais kanban. Au départ, kanban est le mot japonais pour une carte, un ticket ou un signe. Kan = Visuel Ban = carte 2. Le kanban dans le système de production de Toyota Au lendemain de la seconde guerre mondiale, l’ingénieur japonais Taiichi Ōno s’inspira du système de carte communément … Read More

Jim BensonQu’est-ce que le Kanban et le Personal Kanban ?

Personal Kanban : le livre

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Le livre de Jim Benson et Tonianne DeMaria Barry, Personal Kanban : Mapping Work | Navigating Life, qui a reçu en 2013 le Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence, la distinction la plus élevée dans le domaine du Lean est désormais disponible en français, sous le titre de Personal Kanban: Visualisez votre travail | Pilotez votre vie. On peut le trouver … Read More

Jim BensonPersonal Kanban : le livre

Prioritization: How to Prioritize when there is no Priority (Video One)

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Prioritization is stressful. We find ourselves prematurely making value decisions about what to pull and when (right now!) In our Gold Call* this week, one of the attendees asked “How can I prioritize my work when there is no clear priority? Everything seems equally important?” This is a deeper issue that simply being indifferent…we are constantly worried (like stressed) about … Read More

Jim BensonPrioritization: How to Prioritize when there is no Priority (Video One)

Do Meetings Go On my Personal Kanban?

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What to do with meetings? They happen all the time, they take up time, they sure seem like work. But putting every meeting on a Personal Kanban would be onerous and annoying. (video about this is below) So the answer is a qualified no. Or a qualified yes. Your Personal Kanban has several roles in your life. The first is … Read More

Jim BensonDo Meetings Go On my Personal Kanban?