From Daunting to Done: Completing a Dissertation with Personal Kanban

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I have never completed anything to date that was more complex, daunting, or onerous than completing my dissertation. From the first day of my doctoral program, I knew that the only way I could complete this monumental task was to break it down into small, manageable pieces of work, and then visualize and track that work over nearly three years. … Read More

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Kanban Seder

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Last week my wife and I hosted a Passover Seder. We have entertained together a number of times, but this was the first real attempt at a coordinated, sit-down meal. Most of our gatherings have been buffets, and less dependent on timing. We knew getting the timing of the Seder right would be a challenge. The meal is served in … Read More

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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

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Kidzban Around the Web #3

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Around the web people are sharing their experiences with Kidzban.  This is the third post in the series – Kidzban Around the Web. Maritza van den Heuvel writes from her Becoming an Agile Family Blog. She has written many posts on her experiences with both kidzban and Personal Kanban.  In her All Aboard post she describes “that there is no ‘one size fits … Read More

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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

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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

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Kidzban Around the Web #2

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Around the web people are sharing their experiences with Kidzban.  This is the second post in the series – Kidzban Around the Web. Joseph Flahiff introduced Kanban to his daughters on a Saturday morning when they had guests arriving at 2pm, and they needed to get chores done before their guests arrived. Joseph states in his Saturday Chores with Kanban Part … Read More

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Kidzban Around the Web #1

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Around the web people are sharing their experiences with Kidzban.  This is the first post of the series – Kidzban Around the Web. With families becoming busier and busier it can be overwhelming keeping up with everything we need to accomplish in each day. Steve Hamilton tackled this problem with his Kidzban.   Steve’s wife was away for 3 weeks, and while … Read More

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Kanban: A Universe of Options for Life’s Planning & Organizing Challenges #5

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This is the 5th post in a guest series, Kanban: A Universe of Options for Life’s Planning & Organizing Challenges by Nadja Schnetzler. There are all kinds of kanban boards I have created and used in different situations. Here are a few images and short explanations: A kanban for summer A makeshift kanban board on a window for a team who had to prepare an event in short time … Read More

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Kanban: A Universe of Options for Life’s Planning & Organizing Challenges #4

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This is the 4th post in a guest series, Kanban: A Universe of Options for Life’s Planning & Organizing Challenges by Nadja Schnetzler. Here are a few kanban boards that were created in trainings with individuals and teams: See the neat illustrations using fish? This participant visualized everything with street symbols A participant explaining his solution out of 10 different kanban boards Using kanban boards in … Read More

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