What is the Personal in Personal Kanban?

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What is Personal? The “Personal” in Personal Kanban can mean many things. Capital P Personal – This is the personal nature of you. Your work, your decisions, your professionalism, your problem solving, your improvement, your life at home, your life period. Since we rarely act fully alone, no Personal Kanban is ever going to only relate to us as individuals … Read More

Jim BensonWhat is the Personal in Personal Kanban?

Two Master Classes with Jim Benson in Warsaw Poland

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Jim Benson will be facilitating two master classes in conjunction with the 2015 AgileByExample Conference in Warsaw, Poland.  The two master classes – An Introduction to Lean Work Using Personal Kanban & Root Cause Analysis and Kaizen will be held on October 1st & 2nd.  The master classes are an all-day event.

PattyTwo Master Classes with Jim Benson in Warsaw Poland

Jim Benson will Facilitate a Personal Kanban Full-Day Workshop at the 2015 Lean Coaching Summit

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Jim Benson will be facilitating a full-day workshop on Personal Kanban at the 2015 Lean Coaching Summit on July 22.  The workshop – Lean for Knowledge Work Using Personal Kanban will take place from 9-5pm at the Motif Seattle.  The 2015 Lean Coaching Summit will be held on July 20-23, 2015.

PattyJim Benson will Facilitate a Personal Kanban Full-Day Workshop at the 2015 Lean Coaching Summit

Complete Meaningful Tasks

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The Musing Our work should provide value to someone or something, otherwise why do it? When we build our Personal Kanban, we are building a board that drives us toward completing our work. But is that work worth doing? val·ue noun the regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something. person’s principles or standards … Read More

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Visualize Your Past

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It’s New Years again and time to take stock of things in our lives. As we know, the two rules of Personal Kanban are to Visualize Your Work and Limit Your Work-In-Progress (WIP). One of the most important factors in limiting or controlling our WIP is understanding our work – this includes appreciating our work, when we’ve completed it, and … Read More

Jim BensonVisualize Your Past

Personal Kanban & Some Goodies About Your Brain

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Sharing some thoughts around my weekly homework from my neuroscience studies Knowledge work is all about attention. Unfortunately that is a scarce resource, easily high jacked by any distraction. Multitasking, i.e. using focused attention on two different targets basically does not exist. What you are able to do is to do a lot of things on autopilot (i.e. walking, breathing, … Read More

Jim BensonPersonal Kanban & Some Goodies About Your Brain

READY COLUMN: Breaking Out Projects

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Lots of tickets in our READY column make a jumbled mess. We’re not sure how close we are to completion or what ticket to pull next, Breaking your work into projects in the READY column lets you see both. You can sequence work (pull the rightmost ticket), see how many tickets are left in the project, and see what projects … Read More

Jim BensonREADY COLUMN: Breaking Out Projects

READY COLUMN: Ticket Aging

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In our last post, we discussed a NEW STUFF column. In this post, we are being even more explicit, noting in our Personal Kanban how old tickets on the board are. We have seen, even on our own boards, that tickets can linger on the board for six months, eight months, even a year! That’s simply too much time. What … Read More

Jim BensonREADY COLUMN: Ticket Aging

THE NEW STUFF COLUMN: What’s Just Come in?

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Is your READY column filling up with tasks? Is it hard to figure out what’s new, what’s important, and what’s aging? One option to deal with this is a NEW STUFF column. This column holds exactly what it says: New work that has come in over the last few days. As new work comes in, simply place those tickets in … Read More

Jim BensonTHE NEW STUFF COLUMN: What’s Just Come in?

PROMISES COLUMN: Make Good on Your Promises

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When we get overloaded, it is very easy to promise people work and then under-deliver. Promises are tricky, they bring with them social costs as well as costs for time and effort. When I promise something to you personally, I am putting myself on the line. I am telling you, “because you are important to me, I will do this … Read More

Jim BensonPROMISES COLUMN: Make Good on Your Promises