Deb is a Modus client with a high-demand job. She handles all of the requests for information, content, or support for the Lean Enterprise Institute in Cambridge, Mass. Every day, she receives calls from people who almost know what the want, she guides them to what they need. Each call is an opportunity to further LEI’s mission, to help someone … Read More
Limiting Work in Process (WIP) is not easy. Our work is largely invisible, which means it’s hard to notice. It creeps up on us. Well, heck, it’s invisible, it just walks right up – bold and unabashed. It doesn’t have to sneak – we’re simply blind to it. Then, one day, we notice it is there. Over the last three … Read More
Announcing the publication of Kanban: Diversity and Optimization of Knowledge Working Teams – a new Modus Cooperandi White Paper. Late in 2012, we conducted a Board Walk (a site visit where we meet with teams using kanban or Personal Kanban and help them optimize the board and the team itself) at a client in the United States. There were 15 … Read More
In late 2012, Modus Press will be releasing a book on Lean Meetings. At the core of this is a tool we use called Lean Coffee. Where it came from In 2009, Jeremy Lightsmith and I were sitting at a coffee shop wondering about how to start a new Lean-thinking community of practice in Seattle. This sounded like a great … Read More
For years I have been trying to get myself to do an interview show. There was one problem – interviews are not very collaborative. After doing Lean Coffees for a few years and hosting Lean Camp Seattle last year, it became clear to me that conversation creates information – and that was compelling. So we launched Collaberwocky, a series of … Read More
The Book Personal Kanban brings lean principles to daily life for individuals and small teams.
Jim spoke at Oredev in Malmo, Sweden, in November 2010 on The Psychology of Kanban and Personal Kanban and the Individual Coder. Click on the links below to see the video. Clarity Means Completion: The Psychology of Kanban: Clarity Means Completion: The Psychology of Kanban – Jim Benson Personal Kanban and the Individual Coder: Personal Kanban: Optimizing the Individual Coder … Read More
Jim will be in Phoenix for Agile Alliance’s Scrum Beyond Software conference where his is planning to discuss his use of agile techniques with the United Nations, the World Bank, and in non-software groups in several industries.
You asked for it, and we listened. Today we are proud to announce the launch of the first Personal Kanban iPhone app, iKan. When we set out to build it, we decided to focus on a few key things: 1. Small Screen Many Tasks – We wanted to make the best use of the screen real estate on the iPhone, … Read More
Over the last few months, I’ve had the good fortune to be a featured guest on three different podcasts discussing Personal Kanban. In the Yi-Tan calls, we discussed Personal Kanban and Personal Kanban for teams. In the Social Media Breakfast Seattle Podcast, we explored the relationships between Lean thinking and social media. Of course, Personal Kanban comes up there as … Read More