Finding Our Own Value – Growing By Understanding

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There are those days where your Personal Kanban is on fire. You are in a state of flow and tickets are just moving right along. The days go by and you look at your DONE column … it’s full. Really really full. The DONE tickets seem to swim. There are so many of them. You’ve been productive, but what might … Read More

Jim BensonFinding Our Own Value – Growing By Understanding

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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The Shared Story – Element #1 of the Kanban

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In the Wizard of Oz, the Wicked Witch of the West was recognized as irrepressibly evil. For decades, people were very comfortable in her conviction and ultimate death sentence. However, in the book Wicked, Gregory Maguire gave her a backstory that completely transformed how we thought about her.  Maguire saw that she and her evilness might have a bit of … Read More

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Customers, Respect & Value: Lean Muppets Post 9

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Respect is a fundamental value in Lean Profit in business comes from repeat customers; customers that boast about your product and service, and that bring friends with them. ~ W. Edwards Deming Everyone has been in this position before.  You’re doing business with someone – your only goal is to give them money for their services – and they make … Read More

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Every Task is Sacred

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One of the primary goals of a kanban is to make value explicit. When you spend your time doing something, the reward should be observable. Even if the task is vegging out, the reward is relaxation. You should engage in no task that is valueless. When a task does not provide value, it is considered waste. Kanban has two main … Read More

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