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

Jim BensonHOW TO: Limit WIP #6: Count The Bosses–Show the Work

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

Jim BensonHOW TO: Limit WIP #5–Throughput Analysis

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

Jim BensonPK Basics: Why Limit Your WIP Series, Post 1