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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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

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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

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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

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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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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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Two Goals Quickly Visualized

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I realized that I had fallen off the writing wagon. I had become a non-writer. That was really bothering me. I sat down several times to write blog posts and wrote portions of them or huge rambling missives that went nowhere. Soon it became clear that I needed a goal and to visualize it. It was pretty simple really. It … 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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Managing Sandy’s Aftermath: Emergency Response Personal Kanban

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Despite our best efforts, there are simply some instances where we cannot limit our work-in-progress. Forces beyond our control seem to conspire to control us. Natural disasters are unfortunately well-suited for this – they have little or no respect for our carefully controlled WIP. When we’re smack in the middle of an emergency like Hurricane Sandy, it seems all we … 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