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

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DONE COLUMN: How Does Your Work Make You Feel?

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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

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Personal Kanban: Integrating Evernote with LeanKit using Zapier

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Continuing our series of Personal Kanban focused integrations for LeanKit, let’s take a look at integrating Evernote with LeanKit. Say you’re in Evernote, and you want to quickly add a card to your personal kanban board in LeanKit.  With this integration, you can simply add “(LK)” to the note title, and BAM! LeanKit card. As in our other integrations, we’re … Read More

Jim BensonPersonal Kanban: Integrating Evernote with LeanKit using Zapier

Doing GTD Kanban Style #1

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This is the first post in a three-part guest series, Doing GTD Kanban Style by Pascal Venier. You can read the second post in the series here. When Jim Benson encouraged me a while back to write something about how I am combining Personal Kanban & Getting Things Done, I thought this was an excellent idea. This was the more … Read More

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A Game Board- Element #3 of the Kanban

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Whether it’s Parcheesi or trading individual stocks, we thrive on games. There are three commonly cited elements for all games: a goal, suspense, and rewards. But most games rely on something even more basic. They have flow – a mixture of structure, story, and events that pull you and peak your interest. As you get caught in the flow of … Read More

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Flow, Cadence, Slack, and Stress: Lean Muppets Post 7

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Scooter Reduces Cycle Time to Rowlf’s Breaking Point Here we find Rowlf singing Coleman and Fields’ “It’s Not Where You Start, It’s Where You Finish.” He sings at a comfortable rate and all is well. Scooter then tells him he needs to do it again, but this time a little faster. So Rowlf turns on the juice, hits more of … Read More

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Depth in Progress: of Wine Snobs, Audiophiles, and Agilistas

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“Wine is to enjoy, not to judge.” ~ Hwi Woong Jeong (웅가) Wine Enthusiast The gentleman next to me took out his laptop and began typing, he had a large pile of wine labels and a notebook filled with wine notes. He began systematically copying them into his laptop. I figured he was a wine critic. Other work he went … Read More

Jim BensonDepth in Progress: of Wine Snobs, Audiophiles, and Agilistas

Mozart’s Record Store: Personal Kanban Anti-Pattern 2: Only One Value Stream

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  I will not be accused of burying the lead here and say right up front: Your Value Stream Is Wrong And it always will be. This is a good thing, as we work from day to day the steps we take to complete work subtly or even violently change. When we move from home to work to a special … Read More

Jim BensonMozart’s Record Store: Personal Kanban Anti-Pattern 2: Only One Value Stream

Time To Completion

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Parkinson’s law is: “Work expands to as to fill the time available for its completion.” And people misconstrue it all the time. Logic plays funny tricks on our brains sometime. People somehow believe that Parkinson’s Law warns us that work will expand (or contract) to fill the time to the deadline.  So if I give you a project that will … Read More

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The Diffusion of Responsibility

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When I was an urban planning student at Michigan State University, I was part of a team involved in a large group project. We were writing a downtown redevelopment plan for Albion, a small city in southern Michigan which, like the rest of the state, had fallen onto hard times. We needed to come up with ways for the town … Read More

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