You’re In My System: Lean Muppets Post 5

Jim BensonPrimers1 Comment

Gonk and Geefle Build a Collaborative System This one might seem a little blatant, but Geefle and Gonk are doing more than simply dividing labor – they are systems thinking in action. Initially, the system is every Snooian for himself.  The trees provide fruit and feeding  should be a solo endeavor. Unfortunately for Geefle and Gonk though, Darwin apparently skipped … Read More

Jim BensonYou’re In My System: Lean Muppets Post 5

Mozart’s Record Store: Personal Kanban Anti-Pattern 2: Only One Value Stream

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  I will not be accused of burying the lead here and say right up front: Your Value Stream Is Wrong And it always will be. This is a good thing, as we work from day to day the steps we take to complete work subtly or even violently change. When we move from home to work to a special … Read More

Jim BensonMozart’s Record Store: Personal Kanban Anti-Pattern 2: Only One Value Stream

How To: Mapping Your Value Stream

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When we build our kanban – whether for ourselves or for a team – we first need to build a value stream. A value stream is simply a list of the steps you take to create value. When we build a kanban, work flows along the value stream and this visualizes our flow. Before We Begin There are some quick … Read More

Jim BensonHow To: Mapping Your Value Stream

Complex Lives Pt 1: Jessica’s Future In Progress

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Ready –> Doing –> Done Life presents us with opportunities, and so we’ve no choice but to take on concurrent projects. Unfortunately they don’t always conform to that simple Ready –> Doing –> Done value stream. Last month I was in San Francisco giving lectures on Personal Kanban at Stanford and Keller. My host for the trip was my good … Read More

Jim BensonComplex Lives Pt 1: Jessica’s Future In Progress

When Good Tasks Go Bad

Jim BensonDesignPatterns, Expert, Featured1 Comment

Yesterday we were introduced to Richard, who is juggling the demands of several clients trying to keep each of them happy. His largest project entails working alone on a client’s mission-critical legacy system. So in the last blog post we discussed his tasks and task types. As we discovered, outlining those task types proved invaluable to him when needing to … Read More

Jim BensonWhen Good Tasks Go Bad