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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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Learning: Why Limit Your WIP X

In “Creating an Economy” we discussed four elements we needed to understand to build our economy. The third was that knowledge work involves learning. Knowledge workers need to learn – they learn by doing, by observing, by experimenting, by reading, … Continue reading

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Communication: Why Limit WIP IX

“Good morning, Eldred.” “Good morning, Markus.” Before Markus came on board, there was zero contact with the CEO. Maybe at the Christmas party. He was more like a movie star – someone you recognized but didn’t dare approach. Certainly not … Continue reading

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Awareness: Why Limit WIP VIII

Whether you call it Buddhism or another religion, self-discipline, that’s important. Self-discipline with awareness of consequences. ~ Dalai Lama Self-discipline with the awareness of consequences. When we become self-aware, we shed learned helplessness. The inability to act is replaced by … Continue reading

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Focus: Why Limit Your WIP VII

You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. ~ Mark Twain Eldred comes into work on Monday. He is instantly besieged by requests for work, information, meetings, and product from all five of his teams. … Continue reading

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Healthy Constraints: Why Limit Your WIP VI

Great floods have flown from simple sources. ~ William Shakespeare When we employ healthy constraints, we encourage flow. In the economy we create, our goal is create a flow of work that results in a flow of value creation that … Continue reading

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Creating an Economy: Why Limit Your WIP V

“Stop starting and start finishing.” – David Anderson You, right now, are disrespecting your ability to create amazing things. You, right now, are doing more than you should, for more people than is optimal, and in an environment that is … Continue reading

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Context Switching: Why Limit Your WIP IV

Context switching is the Red Menace of modern day knowledge work. In every presentation about context switching we have Gerry Weinberg’s chart of productivity loss – so let’s get that out of the way at the beginning. So, if we … Continue reading

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Multitasking and Bottlenecks: Why Limit Your WIP III

A Stanford study recently suggested that multi-taskers made very poor multi-taskers. Does that not make sense? Well, the study found that self-identified multi-taskers ended up people who were merely justifying a scattered lifestyle. Perhaps they felt productive because during a … Continue reading

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Completion: Limiting WIP Post II

At every company or organization I have visited over the last three years, there has been a similar problem. I like to play a game with teams called “count the bosses.” People believe that they can work on five, eight, … Continue reading

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