Multiple Projects & Threaded WIP: Using The Big Picture for Personal Kanban

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The two rules of Personal Kanban: Limit WIP and visualize your work. The truth about personal work: it’s messy. So people with messy work have been asking me for: ways to create multiple Personal Kanban(s) with unique workflows, ways to manage the WIP of multiple projects in one kanban, ways to manage projects with different collaborators, and better ways to … Read More

Jim BensonMultiple Projects & Threaded WIP: Using The Big Picture for Personal Kanban

GTD & Kanban: Managing The Relationship Between Someday/Maybe & Active Projects

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In my previous post, “GTD & Kanban: Similarities, Differences & Synergies Between The Two“ in this series, I talked about using Kanban for managing the flow of work, rather than having any number of projects and someday/maybe items in separate lists which are reviewed every week to a month.  In this post I will describe how using flow to manage GTD projects … Read More

Jim BensonGTD & Kanban: Managing The Relationship Between Someday/Maybe & Active Projects

The “Man, That Was Awful” Approach to Personal Kanban

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Kanban is meant to be epiphany heavy, but process light. These approaches are meant to provide simple means to visualize how your work actually flows. Some tasks are going to be horrible. They are going to take longer than you expect, be harder to complete than anticipated, or even just really annoy you. In life, you want to do things … Read More

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GTD & Kanban: Similarities, Differences & Synergies Between The Two

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In this article in the “GTD & Personal Kanban Series” we will explore the why? behind bringing GTD & Personal Kanban together. What is Getting Things Done (GTD)? GTD emerged as a highly effective and popular personal productivity approach in the early two thousands.  The approach consists of a five stage process, a workflow to guide that process and a … Read More

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Personal Kanban: Tangible Tasks Produce Prioritization

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Planning and prioritizing is a wicked problem that has plagued humankind since time immemorial. – Corey Ladas Human beings want three things in life: sex, money and effective prioritization. There appears to be a logical and linear three-stage process of better prioritization as you become familiar with kanban. The process follows the three main characteristics of the cardwall and how … Read More

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Retrospectives and Kanban Evolution in Action

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Marc Bless has a great post about his personal scrum board evolving into a personal kanban. His personal retrospectives showed him a need to limit WIP, so he created a special section for WIP, while not losing track of his tasks awaiting the actions of others. Marc Says: After a while I recognized the repeating problem of too many thing … Read More

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Managing and Working Through That Ever Growing Reading List

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If you are anything like me, you will have a monster reading list.  Do you manage it?  Do you focus on a few books at a time?  If not, maybe you should, to better enjoy that fiction or help manage your reading based learning? Problem – Too Many Books, Not Enough Time & Bad Habits I have a lot of … Read More

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Every Task is Sacred

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One of the primary goals of a kanban is to make value explicit. When you spend your time doing something, the reward should be observable. Even if the task is vegging out, the reward is relaxation. You should engage in no task that is valueless. When a task does not provide value, it is considered waste. Kanban has two main … Read More

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Visualizing the Flow: Polar-State Based Personal Kanban with Habit Trackers

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James Mallison shared a bit of insight and I’m passing it along. In a recent post he discussed issues very close to what I call visualization and flow. He begins with a little story about Jerry Seinfeld: A couple of years ago there was a little story doing the rounds about a bit of productivity advice from none other than … Read More

Jim BensonVisualizing the Flow: Polar-State Based Personal Kanban with Habit Trackers