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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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Dave Prior’s Quest for Understanding: A PK Interview

Dave Prior’s interview covers three or four big things. 1. What is our work really? Is it getting things done or is it satisfaction? 2. What is collaboration? 3. Why does Personal Kanban lead to surprising realizations about the impacts … 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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It’s About Communication: PK Interview with Trent Hone

Trent Hone uses Personal Kanban to manage teams, to consult, and to help his family get things done. In this interview, Trent talks about how he uses Personal Kanban and what changes its fostered in his family’s stress level, his … 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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I’m Having A Creative Emergency

It can happen. It does happen. We are being good Personal Kanbaners, we are limiting our WIP. Suddenly we have a burst of inspiration and we just HAVE to get something done. Should we do it? Should we blow our … Continue reading

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Fuel and Motivation

Sometimes we plod. We get ourselves into projects or situations where the only way out is through. We find ourselves on the treadmill. Maybe being productive, but feeling our passion waning or perhaps even gone. I awoke each day over … 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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Kaizen Camp: Seattle 2012

Following last year’s excellent “Seattle Lean Camp,” we are now nearing Kaizen Camp:  Seattle 2012. (We did have a name change, so as not to confuse us with another set of camps with the same name.) Kaizen Camp is July … Continue reading

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One Day’s Idea is Another Day’s Waste

On my travels through startups and the corporate world I see small to gross acts of negligence. They usually come in the wrapper of something like, “because that’s our process.” Metrics are gathered for the sake of reports no one … Continue reading

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