Category Archives: Primers

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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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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Clean Up The DONE Column

You have my word that after this post, there will be no more memegenerator pictures.. How do you know when to clean up your DONE column? When it is full. I mentioned in our first post in this series that … Continue reading

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Dominant and Secondary Projects

At Modus we now have a posted, dominant project at all times. We post it as a large sticky on the wall. This is the banner saying “If you pull something and have any choice whatsoever, pull it from this … Continue reading

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Clean Up Your Backlog

Does your READY column look like a junk drawer?   Do you have tasks in there that you are holding onto from six months ago that say “Urgent!” (and have since the day they were created)? Guess what? You’re learning … Continue reading

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Categorizing Your Backlog

Your backlog is hope. Your backlog is pain.   Your backlog holds all the projects, tasks, demands, desires, and expectations you have and the world has for you. The problem is, today’s apparent emergencies are tomorrow’s waste-of-my-time. If we are … Continue reading

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Are You Just Doing Things?

I’ll bet you have a lot of things to do.  Of course you do. We all do. A Personal Kanban anti-pattern that I’m seeing is that people are filling their kanbans with things to do and then…doing them. They are … Continue reading

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