Category Archives: Primers

READY COLUMN: Breaking Out Projects

Lots of tickets in our READY column make a jumbled mess. We’re not sure how close we are to completion or what ticket to pull next, Breaking your work into projects in the READY column lets you see both. You … Continue reading

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READY COLUMN: Ticket Aging

In our last post, we discussed a NEW STUFF column. In this post, we are being even more explicit, noting in our Personal Kanban how old tickets on the board are. We have seen, even on our own boards, that … Continue reading

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THE NEW STUFF COLUMN: What’s Just Come in?

Is your READY column filling up with tasks? Is it hard to figure out what’s new, what’s important, and what’s aging? One option to deal with this is a NEW STUFF column. This column holds exactly what it says: New … Continue reading

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PROMISES COLUMN: Make Good on Your Promises

When we get overloaded, it is very easy to promise people work and then under-deliver. Promises are tricky, they bring with them social costs as well as costs for time and effort. When I promise something to you personally, I … Continue reading

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DONE COLUMN: Daily / Weekly Review

“When do I get tickets out of my DONE column?” People often allow their DONE column to get so full of work that it becomes useless – a huge pile of completed work. There are so many tickets in there, … Continue reading

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DONE COLUMN: How Does Your Work Make You Feel?

When we work, we spend our most precious resources: our time, our energy, and our emotion. Each task we complete takes a little bit of us and we’d like to think that time was not only productive, but impactful. But … Continue reading

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Is Your Project in Limbo?

What happens when we start a project and it is honestly overtaken by events? We start a project in good faith and then, because context changes, we have to set it aside. It’s work-in-progress, so what do we do? The … Continue reading

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You Are a Role Model

At some point, maybe at many points, it strikes me that we are all role models. We all influence each other. We are a network of emotions and actions. When we do something, positive or negative. Kind, indifferent, or cruel. … Continue reading

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Two Goals Quickly Visualized

I realized that I had fallen off the writing wagon. I had become a non-writer. That was really bothering me. I sat down several times to write blog posts and wrote portions of them or huge rambling missives that went … Continue reading

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Finishing Feels Good

Yes, finishing feels good. When we complete tasks, we feel better than when we have a pile of incompletes just lying around. Incompletion creeps up on us, overloads us, and crushes us. The more we fail to complete our work … Continue reading

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