Personal Kanban using Google Calendar, LeanKit and Zapier

Jim BensonApplications, Expert2 Comments

This is the second post in the series by Chris Hefley of LeanKit showing how to integrate tools many of us use everyday with our Personal Kanban. You can read the first post – Killing Email Interruptions: Personal Kanban using LeanKit, Gmail and Zapier here. This time, we’ll look at how to integrate Google Calendar with LeanKit via Zapier.com. We’ll look at … Read More

Jim BensonPersonal Kanban using Google Calendar, LeanKit and Zapier

Finding Hidden WIP

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Limiting Work in Process (WIP) is not easy. Our work is largely invisible, which means it’s hard to notice. It creeps up on us. Well, heck, it’s invisible, it just walks right up – bold and unabashed. It doesn’t have to sneak – we’re simply blind to it. Then, one day, we notice it is there. Over the last three … Read More

Jim BensonFinding Hidden WIP

Killing Email Interruptions: Personal Kanban using LeanKit, Gmail, and Zapier

Jim BensonApplications, Expert, Featured, Product5 Comments

Quick intro from Jim Benson: We’ve asked Chris Hefley from Leankit to write a series of posts showing how to integrate tools many of us use everyday with our Personal Kanban. These are fairly technical posts, but also very powerful ones. In this first post, Chris mentions that his aim is to keep his inbox at zero by taking action … Read More

Jim BensonKilling Email Interruptions: Personal Kanban using LeanKit, Gmail, and Zapier

HOW TO: Limit WIP #7: Understand Your Customers

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In this series, we’ve been discussing the psychology of your work, the sized of tasks, how we complete certain types of tasks, and who / what might interrupt us. Perhaps it’s time to understand the consumers of our tasks: our customers. When we do something, even if it is simply relaxing, there is a potential beneficiary of that task. We … Read More

Jim BensonHOW TO: Limit WIP #7: Understand Your Customers

HOW TO: Limit WIP #6: Count The Bosses–Show the Work

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It’s hard to limit your work-in-progress when your boss count exceeds your WIP limit. If you have a WIP Limit of 3 and 12 bosses, you may as well have one card permanently in your Personal Kanban that says, “Negotiate with Bosses”. That sounds funny, but it is true. Your bosses will always require explanations about why you are working … Read More

Jim BensonHOW TO: Limit WIP #6: Count The Bosses–Show the Work

HOW TO: Limit WIP #5–Throughput Analysis

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When we think about limiting Work-in-process, we have to confront that there are many types of work. Simply limiting work is not enough, we have to know what we are limiting. We have to see what we are really completing. A very real danger for us as people is that we limit our WIP and then say, “What’s the most … Read More

Jim BensonHOW TO: Limit WIP #5–Throughput Analysis

Managing Sandy’s Aftermath: Emergency Response Personal Kanban

Jim BensonDesignPatterns, Expert2 Comments

Despite our best efforts, there are simply some instances where we cannot limit our work-in-progress. Forces beyond our control seem to conspire to control us. Natural disasters are unfortunately well-suited for this – they have little or no respect for our carefully controlled WIP. When we’re smack in the middle of an emergency like Hurricane Sandy, it seems all we … Read More

Jim BensonManaging Sandy’s Aftermath: Emergency Response Personal Kanban

Learning: Why Limit Your WIP X

Jim BensonExpert, Primers1 Comment

In “Creating an Economy” we discussed four elements we needed to understand to build our economy. The third was that knowledge work involves learning. Knowledge workers need to learn – they learn by doing, by observing, by experimenting, by reading, and by adjusting. Doing – We learn best by directly experiencing. If I have a four hour powerpoint presentation about … Read More

Jim BensonLearning: Why Limit Your WIP X

Communication: Why Limit WIP IX

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“Good morning, Eldred.” “Good morning, Markus.” Before Markus came on board, there was zero contact with the CEO. Maybe at the Christmas party. He was more like a movie star – someone you recognized but didn’t dare approach. Certainly not someone who would know your name. Markus, on the other hand, was a regular at stand-up meetings. He’d participate, but … Read More

Jim BensonCommunication: Why Limit WIP IX

Awareness: Why Limit WIP VIII

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Whether you call it Buddhism or another religion, self-discipline, that’s important. Self-discipline with awareness of consequences. ~ Dalai Lama Self-discipline with the awareness of consequences. When we become self-aware, we shed learned helplessness. The inability to act is replaced by the polar opposite – a desire to act. We have seen the repeated with teams that previously had given up. … Read More

Jim BensonAwareness: Why Limit WIP VIII