From Daunting to Done: Completing a Dissertation with Personal Kanban

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I have never completed anything to date that was more complex, daunting, or onerous than completing my dissertation. From the first day of my doctoral program, I knew that the only way I could complete this monumental task was to break it down into small, manageable pieces of work, and then visualize and track that work over nearly three years. … Read More

Jim BensonFrom Daunting to Done: Completing a Dissertation with Personal Kanban

Text a Task Card to Your Kanban in LeanKit using Twilio and Zapier

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Today, I’ll show you how to set up your LeanKit/Zapier integration with Twilio, so that you can create a new LeanKit card by sending an SMS (Text) Message from your phone. First, you’ll need an account with Twilio, a popular programmable voice and SMS Service. Go to Twilio.com, and sign up for a new, free account. After you create your … Read More

Jim BensonText a Task Card to Your Kanban in LeanKit using Twilio and Zapier

Integrating Your Personal Kanban with Campfire in LeanKit using Zapier

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Does your team use Campfire? Ever wish you could just create a LeanKit card from the Campfire chat window, just by typing in a simple command?   This integration between Campfire and LeanKit, via Zapier.com, will let you do just that. In your Zapier account, create a new Zap, using the Campfire “New Message” trigger and the LeanKit “New-Add Card” action. … Read More

Jim BensonIntegrating Your Personal Kanban with Campfire in LeanKit using Zapier

Personal Kanban: Integrating Evernote with LeanKit using Zapier

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Continuing our series of Personal Kanban focused integrations for LeanKit, let’s take a look at integrating Evernote with LeanKit. Say you’re in Evernote, and you want to quickly add a card to your personal kanban board in LeanKit.  With this integration, you can simply add “(LK)” to the note title, and BAM! LeanKit card. As in our other integrations, we’re … Read More

Jim BensonPersonal Kanban: Integrating Evernote with LeanKit using Zapier

Personal Kanban using Google Calendar, LeanKit and Zapier

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This is the second post in the series by Chris Hefley of LeanKit showing how to integrate tools many of us use everyday with our Personal Kanban. You can read the first post – Killing Email Interruptions: Personal Kanban using LeanKit, Gmail and Zapier here. This time, we’ll look at how to integrate Google Calendar with LeanKit via Zapier.com. We’ll look at … Read More

Jim BensonPersonal Kanban using Google Calendar, LeanKit and Zapier

Killing Email Interruptions: Personal Kanban using LeanKit, Gmail, and Zapier

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Quick intro from Jim Benson: We’ve asked Chris Hefley from Leankit to write a series of posts showing how to integrate tools many of us use everyday with our Personal Kanban. These are fairly technical posts, but also very powerful ones. In this first post, Chris mentions that his aim is to keep his inbox at zero by taking action … Read More

Jim BensonKilling Email Interruptions: Personal Kanban using LeanKit, Gmail, and Zapier

Clean Up The DONE Column

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You have my word that after this post, there will be no more memegenerator pictures.. How do you know when to clean up your DONE column? When it is full. I mentioned in our first post in this series that we were showing our board to people in classes and on consulting engagements. The DONE column showed that we were … Read More

Jim BensonClean Up The DONE Column

Dominant and Secondary Projects

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At Modus we now have a posted, dominant project at all times. We post it as a large sticky on the wall. This is the banner saying “If you pull something and have any choice whatsoever, pull it from this backlog.” This giant kanban token conveys our current organizational focus and promotes completion of that project. Only when something is … Read More

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Clean Up Your Backlog

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Does your READY column look like a junk drawer?   Do you have tasks in there that you are holding onto from six months ago that say “Urgent!” (and have since the day they were created)? Guess what? You’re learning something about your work. We have a lot of urgent tasks that strangely don’t get done and no one gets … Read More

Jim BensonClean Up Your Backlog

Categorizing Your Backlog

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Your backlog is hope. Your backlog is pain.   Your backlog holds all the projects, tasks, demands, desires, and expectations you have and the world has for you. The problem is, today’s apparent emergencies are tomorrow’s waste-of-my-time. If we are focused on completion, we don’t want to complete tasks. We want to complete products. If you find you are completing … Read More

Jim BensonCategorizing Your Backlog