Kanban: A Universe of Options for Life’s Planning & Organizing Challenges #3

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This is the third post in a guest series, Kanban: A Universe of Options for Life’s Planning & Organizing Challenges by Nadja Schnetzler. In my practice, the following board has presented itself as the best and most simple way for me to work in a good flow: 6 columns: To do: Holds the backlog and has no limitation. Next: The … Read More

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Kanban: A Universe of Options for Life’s Planning & Organizing Challenges #2

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This is the second post in a guest series, Kanban: A Universe of Options for Life’s Planning & Organizing Challenges by Nadja  Schnetzler. Visualize your work When I talk about visualizing the work, and why this is beneficial, I usually start drawing a kanban board and to create a few post it’s based on any project the participants are willing to … Read More

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Kanban: A Universe of Options for Life’s Planning & Organizing Challenges #1

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This is the first post in a guest series, Kanban: A Universe of Options for Life’s Planning & Organizing Challenges by Nadja  Schnetzler. About three years ago, I heard of kanban for the very first time, and it was love at first sight. When I drew my first kanban board for the team I then headed, I knew I was home. … Read More

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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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13 Elements Of Kanban

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In the Personal Kanban book, we say that the book is “not your mom.” The book is not telling you what to do – it is focusing more on why. Your Personal Kanban (or your team kanban) is also not your mom, but it is a lot of other things (not that your mom is a thing….).  The kanban tells … Read More

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Tool Review: KanbanFlow

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About a month ago, I was going on about how you should periodically throw out your Personal Kanban and replace it with a new one. Doing so, I reasoned, would compel you to address the clutter in your Personal Kanban and help you re-evaluate the way you work and the options you face. My friend Simon Marcus took me to … Read More

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You Cannot Yell at a Board with Stickies on It

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It is now two weeks before your major deadline. For the last four weeks, you’ve barely slept a wink. You know your team is behind. They know they’re behind. But the deadline is firm. Your team promises you – nay, vows to you it will be done on schedule. You, in turn, promise the client who in turn, promises their … Read More

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Boosting Productivity and Learning with Spikes

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Is there something you don’t know? Almost everyday it seems we are faced with having to learn something new. Some of those things are trivial and easy to accomplish, while others are important and a more than a little daunting to master. There are some easy steps to make learning less overwhelming. On the Lean Agile Machine blog, there have … Read More

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Starting Is Easy, Finishing Is Hard

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A wise man once told me, “starting is easy, finishing is hard.” This has been my struggle my entire professional career, but I would argue it started as far back as grade school. I’ve always had projects and tasks to complete and deadlines to meet.  I’ve tried multitasking.  I’ve tried listing A, B, C tasks in a Franklin Covey Day … Read More

Jim BensonStarting Is Easy, Finishing Is Hard