HOW TO: Limit Your Work-in-Progress #1–Calm Down and Finish

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We had a long series, which is soon to become a mini-book, on why you should limit your work-in-progress (WIP). In it we focused on the dangerous side effects of being overworked, of which there are many. Those articles show how an organization might begin to limit WIP, but not really the individual. And, since this is the Personal Kanban … Read More

Jim BensonHOW TO: Limit Your Work-in-Progress #1–Calm Down and Finish

The Psychology of Kanban (Video)

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In November, 2010, Jim Benson spoke at the Oredev conference in Malmo, Sweden on Energizing the Individual Coder and the Psychology of Kanban. Clarity Means Completion: The Psychology of Kanban – Jim Benson from Øredev on Vimeo. .

Jim BensonThe Psychology of Kanban (Video)

How We Interact with Kanban (Video)

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In November, 2010, Jim Benson spoke at the Oredev conference in Malmo, Sweden on Energizing the Individual Coder and the Psychology of Kanban. Personal Kanban: Optimizing the Individual Coder – Jim Benson from Øredev on Vimeo.

Jim BensonHow We Interact with Kanban (Video)

The Iron Chef Paradox

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You have one hour. Just sixty minutes to prepare a meal for four, five courses of the highest possible quality, and with conspicuous creativity. The key ingredient comprising the meal is kept a secret until the last possible minute. While you’re used to working in a kitchen you control, surrounded by people who are trained to ensure your success, you … Read More

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Personal Kanban Interviews on the Business 901 Podcast

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Last month, I had the good fortune to be on Joe Dager’s Business 901 Podcast.  The topic, of course, was Personal Kanban. Joe edited the conversation into two parts which can be found below: Part 1 Powered by Podbean.com Part 2 Powered by Podbean.com

Jim BensonPersonal Kanban Interviews on the Business 901 Podcast

Inventory Makes Work

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Lean talks a lot about inventory. A major tenet of Lean is to reduce inventory. Companies that stock up on too much stuff have to maintain that stuff, manage it, and then deal with it when it is no longer useful. This is why companies end up having huge sales at the end of the year – they’ve amassed warehouses … Read More

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Rapture – Training Your Mind for Completion

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Don’t strain your brain, paint a train You’ll be singing’ in the rain… – Blondie Your brain is a muscle. As we repeat certain actions, our “muscle memory” becomes comfortable with those actions, and programs itself to anticipate them. As it trains itself to anticipate them, it optimizes for them. This is the basis of kaizen, continuous improvement. Your brain … Read More

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