My career path has taken me through government agencies, Fortune 10 corporations, and start-ups. Through them all my passion remained consistent – applying new technologies to work groups – in each case asking how they can be leveraged to collaborate and cooperate more effectively. I love ideas, creation, and building opportunities. I love working with teams who are passionate about the future. I love pushing boundaries. I love inclusion. My goal with all technologies is to increase beneficial contact between people and reduce the bureaucratic noise which so often tends to increase costs and destroy creativity.
Personal kanban is an idea that arose from necessity. I began a personal kanban prior to starting Modus Cooperandi, but it didn’t translate as cleanly from the programming and industrial world as I would have liked. It wasn’t until one day when Corey Ladas and I sat down and really started to talk about the differences between industrial kanban and personal kanban that things really started to gel.
For about a year, Corey and I worked with the personal kanban for Modus. We tweaked it, watched it closely, and discussed what was working and what didn’t work like we expected.
Then in the first half of 2009, I found myself with more commitments than I could process. Multiple companies, projects, and clients were working hard to destroy my personal life. That’s when the differences between personal kanban and industrial kanban began to crystallize. Those differences, coupled with the need to quickly remove a disparate, overwhelming backlog set into effect a series of epiphanies.
- Tasks were unruly
- WIP was harder to manage
- The only way out is often through (you can’t delegate, procrastinate, or ignore personal work)
- Personal projects were often short lived, but with definite value streams
The approaches to personal kanban I initially wrote about were all kanban variations I used to get through those frenetic months. While people could hear me screaming from time to time, I burned through an amazing amount of work and – when it was over – I knew exactly what I’d done, how long it took, what held me up and why.
Kanban itself is a time proven process management tool. It is simple to learn the basics and to get started.
After that, the kanban teaches you.
Please join the growing personal kanban community. See what others are saying about it. Let’s take this meme and run with it.
I help companies and government agencies of all sizes solve management, innovation and efficiency problems through collaboration.
I am easily reachable at firstname.lastname@example.org