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

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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

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HOW TO: How to Limit WIP #4– How to Size Tasks (sort of)

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Strangely, although people routinely overburden themselves with work, their first objection to limiting work-in-progress is “don’t all my tasks need to be the same size? How do I size my work?” They hear the possibility that we can get more work done in a system where we see our work and focus on completion, but they are doubtful that this … Read More

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HOW TO: How to Limit WIP #3–Reducing Interruptions

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Four hours ago, I walked up to a big pad of paper and started mind mapping all the types of interruptions we might face while trying to get our work done. While I was working, Tonianne, who was on Skype, wanted to do a microphone test. Then I received an e-mail for a meeting request from a client. While responding … Read More

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PK Basics: Why Limit Your WIP Series, Post 1

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In Personal Kanban we have only two rules. One of them is to limit your WIP. That sounds simple enough. But what does limiting your WIP really imply? This series describes what we mean by “WIP,” why it’s important to limit it, and – with all the competing demands on our time – how we can begin to go about … Read More

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How To: Setting Your Personal WIP Limit

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There are only two rules in Personal Kanban. Visualize Your Work and Limit Your Work in Progress Since there are only two, it stands to reason that they are both important, vital even. When people see the value stream and the stickies, they feel they’ve received clear direction in setting up a Personal Kanban’s visualization. But how to come up … Read More

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How To: Mapping Your Value Stream

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When we build our kanban – whether for ourselves or for a team – we first need to build a value stream. A value stream is simply a list of the steps you take to create value. When we build a kanban, work flows along the value stream and this visualizes our flow. Before We Begin There are some quick … Read More

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WIP: The Kidzban Book

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My dad was magical. When I was growing up, he turned everything into a game – studying, yard work, even combatting my fear of the Wicked Witch of the West. “Life should be fun!” he’d insist, invoking his own father’s optimism, a dictum in broken Italian dialect I struggle to remember but have long since forgotten. I can’t say if … Read More

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Complex Lives Pt 2: Visualizing Real Work

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In part one of Complex Lives, we set a Future in Progress (FIP) limit for Jessica, a busy and active single mom. Her goals were overwhelming her ability to get things done. So we reigned them in by giving her a FIP limit. That was step one. Step two is visualizing that FIP. Jessica was concerned because her triathlon regimen … Read More

Jim BensonComplex Lives Pt 2: Visualizing Real Work