Category Archives: Expert

5 Ways to Focus and Finish

Focusing on our most important work (so that we can get it out the door and create value) is hard. It’s harder still when work suddenly picks up, is unfamiliar, or arrives with immediate deadlines when we are already busy. … Continue reading

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Prioritization: How to Prioritize when there is no Priority (Video One)

Prioritization is stressful. We find ourselves prematurely making value decisions about what to pull and when (right now!) In our Gold Call* this week, one of the attendees asked “How can I prioritize my work when there is no clear … Continue reading

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The Overhead of Overwork

In her post yesterday, Tonianne talked about Limiting Work-in-Progress to help achieve focus. We have to limit our WIP on purpose because we do not limit it naturally. We naturally assume too much work. We naturally overload ourselves. This means … Continue reading

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Personal Kanban and Micromanagement

At one time or another we’ve all lost faith in a process and reacted by wanting to keep track of every detail. We want to make sure it gets done right. We want to make sure that we and others … Continue reading

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Capacity: It’s a Matter of Content…and Context

Envision This: You’re heading to a cabin in the mountains for a week-long getaway with your family. Your car is in the shop so you schedule a rental to be delivered. In addition to six bags of groceries, a box … Continue reading

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Five Years of Personal Kanban | Travel, Exploration, and Learning

It’s been 5 wonderful years since Tonianne and I released the Personal Kanban book. The people we’ve met, the problems we’ve helped solve, the boards we’ve seen have been amazing. Every problem we’ve seen has had unique bits and predictable … Continue reading

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Take the RealWIP Test

If you are already using Personal Kanban or another kanban system, you are likely at least thinking about limiting your work-in-progress (WIP). You are likely finding that challenging. We know that the more work we take on, the more our … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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Integrating Your Personal Kanban with Campfire in LeanKit using Zapier

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, will let you do just that. … Continue reading

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Personal Kanban: Integrating Evernote with LeanKit using Zapier

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 … Continue reading

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