Author Archives: Tonianne DeMaria Barry

About Tonianne DeMaria Barry

Passionate about "the future of work," Tonianne facilitates the creation of business environments that are more humanistic than mechanistic. Ones where effectiveness is valued over productivity, where learning and continuous improvement is ongoing and where innovation can take hold. Where interdependence and collaboration become the norm, so that more connected and sustainable organizations can emerge. She champions business as intellectual and social ecosystems, so that at the individual level, healthier/more fulfilling and integrated lives can result, the effects of which can prove profound to both business and by extension, society. Along with her creative partner Jim Benson, she is author of "Personal Kanban: Mapping Work | Navigating Life" (2013 recipient of the Shingo Research & Publication Award), and "Why Kanban Works." She is also co-founder of Kaizen Camp, the continuous improvement unconference. Her appreciation for the "future" of work results from her grasp of work's agricultural and industrial past. She sees the precariousness of imposing yesterday's labor models/mindsets/expectations onto today's knowledge-workers, and the counter-productive if not damaging effects they can have on the organization and society as a whole. Her training in history informs her understanding that it wasn't the creation of agricultural, industrial, or today's knowledge "tools" but more specifically, it was their democratization that proved - and will continue to prove - revolutionary. Forever asking "Why" & "How" things happen, she helps her clients uncover/analyze/interpret their institutional artifacts. Leveraging the stories and values embedded w/in an organization's culture she helps them establish priorities/achieve goals/make informed and innovative decisions. Much like Personal Kanban, she wants people to acknowledge their past and present contexts, appreciate the interconnectedness and flow of events, and extract lessons from emerging patterns so they can not just plan better for the future but rather, so that they can create better futures and live more purposefully.

WIP: The Kidzban Book

My dad was magical. When I was growing up, he turned everything into a game – studying, yard work, even combatting my fear of the Wicked Witch of the West. “Life should be fun!” he’d insist, invoking his own father’s … Continue reading

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Save the Date! Jim Benson Featured Guest on Yi-Tan Call

Save the date! Monday, January 4th at 10:30 PST/1:30 PM EST for the weekly 40-minute Yi-Tan Tech Community call hosted by Jerry Michalski and Pip Coburn. The topic? Personal Kanban, of course! Call, listen, and chat with Jim Benson (@ourfounder … Continue reading

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Towards a Leaner Santa: Holiday "Do" Date-ban

Chalk it up to a decade with the nuns and my time as a Girl Scout (always be prepared!), but I obsess over details. Having my “stuff” in one bag or my proverbial ducks in a row is how I … Continue reading

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InfoPak 3 – Personal Kanban Design Patterns: Inspiration to Discover Your Flow

Info Pak3 Personal Kanban Design Patterns View more documents from Jim Benson. Modus Cooperandi is pleased to announce the release of its third Personal Kanban InfoPak. In Personal Kanban Design Patterns: Inspiration to Discover Your Flow we present a series … Continue reading

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Getting "Personal" with Your Kanban

  So why call it “personal” if I can use it with my family, in the classroom, or with a team at the office? In life and in business, we create value.  For Personal Kanban, “personal”  relates to  personal value. … Continue reading

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Save the Date…for a Tweet-a-ban!

When: November 17, 2009 Where: Twitter Hashtag: #pkflow Save the date because Modus Cooperandi is hosting a “Tweet-a-ban.” Whether you’re a Personal Kanban practitioner or just have an interest in improving your  productivity, join in on the asynchronous, 24 hour … Continue reading

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InfoPak 2 – Personal Kanban 101: Achieving Focus & Clarity with Your First Personal Kanban

Personal Kanban 101 View more presentations from Jim Benson. Modus Cooperandi is pleased to announce the release of its second Personal Kanban InfoPak. In Personal Kanban 101: Achieving Focus & Clarity with Your First Personal Kanban we discuss the essentials for … Continue reading

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Personal Kanban for Meaningful & Measurable Performance Evaluations

Personal Kanban can come in handy at performance review time. Continue reading

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