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Sleep: Your Workflow’s Most Important Form of Slack

  It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it. ~ John Steinbeck In Personal Kanban, Jim and I discuss how workflow should be optimized for … Continue reading

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On Working Intentionally: The “Thinking Ticket”

  The quality of art is that it makes people who are otherwise always looking outward, turn inward. ~ the Dalai Lama   There’s a certain irony in the fact that knowledge workers are often afforded little time to do what it … 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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Clarity > Coffee

Okay. So I recognize the title of this post might stir up some controversy, especially among my fellow coffee enthusiasts. Not to mention it undoubtedly puts me at risk of getting exiled from my beloved adopted home, Seattle. And yes, … Continue reading

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Little Cues

Little cues in the tools we use can be very helpful in helping us communicate effectively. The shot to the right is from Slack, a tool that helps us at Modus Institute communicate, collaborate, and stay informed. We use it … Continue reading

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Visualize Your Past

It’s New Years again and time to take stock of things in our lives. As we know, the two rules of Personal Kanban are to Visualize Your Work and Limit Your Work-In-Progress (WIP). One of the most important factors in … Continue reading

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Methoden für Lean Change: Lean Coffee

Lean Change verwendet Lean Coffee als Experiment, um heraus zu finden, wer sich für eine Veränderung interessiert und diese ggf. unterstützt. Der Change Agent lädt zum Lean Coffee ein und unterstützt dieses als Koordinator. Meist verselbständigt sich das Format und … Continue reading

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Personal Kanban & Some Goodies About Your Brain

Sharing some thoughts around my weekly homework from my neuroscience studies Knowledge work is all about attention. Unfortunately that is a scarce resource, easily high jacked by any distraction. Multitasking, i.e. using focused attention on two different targets basically does … Continue reading

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From Daunting to Done: Completing a Dissertation with Personal Kanban

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 … Continue reading

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Kanban Seder

Last week my wife and I hosted a Passover Seder. We have entertained together a number of times, but this was the first real attempt at a coordinated, sit-down meal. Most of our gatherings have been buffets, and less dependent … Continue reading

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