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

Pattern Matching: Use Your Personal Kanban to See What is Really Happening

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I see people setting up their Personal Kanban with one color of post it note and then finding it hard to select their next task or figure out what they’ve done at the end of the week. The strength of Personal Kanban is that it is a visual system. Visual systems rely on visual cues that let us know what … Read More

Jim BensonPattern Matching: Use Your Personal Kanban to See What is Really Happening

Take the RealWIP Test

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If you are already using Personal Kanban or another kanban system, you are likely at least thinking about limiting your work-in-progress (WIP). You are likely finding that challenging. We know that the more work we take on, the more our brains’ resources are taxed. That tax limits our ability to focus, to process, and to complete quality work. We want … Read More

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PROMISES COLUMN: Make Good on Your Promises

Jim BensonDesignPatterns, Primers7 Comments

When we get overloaded, it is very easy to promise people work and then under-deliver. Promises are tricky, they bring with them social costs as well as costs for time and effort. When I promise something to you personally, I am putting myself on the line. I am telling you, “because you are important to me, I will do this … Read More

Jim BensonPROMISES COLUMN: Make Good on Your Promises

DONE COLUMN: Daily / Weekly Review

Jim BensonDesignPatterns, Primers2 Comments

“When do I get tickets out of my DONE column?” People often allow their DONE column to get so full of work that it becomes useless – a huge pile of completed work. There are so many tickets in there, you no longer know what happened. If we’d like to encourage ourselves to empty the board weekly and get some … Read More

Jim BensonDONE COLUMN: Daily / Weekly Review

DONE COLUMN: How Does Your Work Make You Feel?

Jim BensonDesignPatterns, Primers3 Comments

When we work, we spend our most precious resources: our time, our energy, and our emotion. Each task we complete takes a little bit of us and we’d like to think that time was not only productive, but impactful. But we are so busy, so distracted, so overwhelmed that we finish one task and move right on to the next. … Read More

Jim BensonDONE COLUMN: How Does Your Work Make You Feel?

Clean Up Your Backlog

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Does your READY column look like a junk drawer?   Do you have tasks in there that you are holding onto from six months ago that say “Urgent!” (and have since the day they were created)? Guess what? You’re learning something about your work. We have a lot of urgent tasks that strangely don’t get done and no one gets … Read More

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Categorizing Your Backlog

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Your backlog is hope. Your backlog is pain.   Your backlog holds all the projects, tasks, demands, desires, and expectations you have and the world has for you. The problem is, today’s apparent emergencies are tomorrow’s waste-of-my-time. If we are focused on completion, we don’t want to complete tasks. We want to complete products. If you find you are completing … Read More

Jim BensonCategorizing Your Backlog

Personal Kanban for a Well Oiled Machine

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It is no small secret that you can’t do everything yourself. A machine’s gears only work well with all the parts of the machine when they are well oiled. I like to think that my family works in this way. Why? Because we use Personal Kanban to keep our well-oiled machine running. Here are a few ways my family has used Personal … Read More

Jim BensonPersonal Kanban for a Well Oiled Machine

Personal Kanban at NYC’s Agile Learning Center

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The Agile Learning Center at Manhattan Free School is designed to put young people in the driver’s seat of their learning and living – giving them the same opportunity and responsibility that we have as adults – to create their own lives. Each morning, we begin with a standup meeting. Everyone takes a turn stating their intentions for the day … Read More

Jim BensonPersonal Kanban at NYC’s Agile Learning Center