Category Archives: DesignPatterns

Limiting Holiday WIP with Personal Kanban

I’m asked on a regular basis how Agile or Lean practices can be applied during the holidays. Let’s face it, we have a limited amount of time and todo lists as long as our arms. Truth be told, people have … Continue reading

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HOW TO: Limit WIP #7: Understand Your Customers

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 … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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HOW TO: Limit WIP #5–Throughput Analysis

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. … Continue reading

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Pomodoro and Kanban for Greater Household Throughput

We’ve written before about the Pomodoro technique, which is (at its most simple) dividing your work into 25 minute chunks and having a bit of rest and recap at either end. I use the Pomodoro Daisuki plugin for Chrome for … Continue reading

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Small New Years Projects (Cabana Kaizen)

For those of us who might be sitting in a world of clutter, where a million small tasks have become one daunting one – I DON’T KNOW WHERE TO START! – the only way out of that jungle is through. … Continue reading

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The Kaizen Resolution

If you are a typical New Year’s resolver, you’ve just taken on a large, daunting, personal transformation project. You want to lose weight or be nicer or play for the Celtics. Good for you! But if you are also typical … Continue reading

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Two Personal Kanban Resolution Ideas

Happy 2013! Most people I know don’t even make New Year’s Resolutions anymore, and when they do – they are perfunctory and amorphous. I will lose weight, I will exercise more, I will grow wings and fly like a bat. … Continue reading

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Managing Sandy’s Aftermath: Emergency Response Personal Kanban

Despite our best efforts, there are simply some instances where we cannot limit our work-in-progress. Forces beyond our control seem to conspire to control us. Natural disasters are unfortunately well-suited for this – they have little or no respect for … Continue reading

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5s in Personal Kanban

Introduction Personal Kanban is a great tool to visualize your work, to limit your WIP and to take better control of your life, either alone or together with your significant other, your kids or even your team at the office. … Continue reading

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