InfoPak 2 – Personal Kanban 101: How to Build Your First Personal Kanban

Personal Kanban 101 View more presentations from Jim Benson. Modus Cooperandi is pleased to announce the release of its second Personal Kanban InfoPak. In Personal Kanban 101: Achieving Focus & Clarity with Your First Personal Kanban we discuss the essentials for getting your board started. Topics addressed include how to establish value stream, backlog and WIP, and why there are … Read More

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Personal Kanban at the World Bank: Modus Cooperandi Info Pak 1 Released

Personal Kanban at the World Bank – Small Team Rapid Development View more documents from ourfounder. This is the first in a series of Modus Cooperandi’s InfoPaks. They are downloadable, and work like a narrative whitepaper. Think of them like graphic novels for business. In InfoPak One: Personal Kanban at the World Bank, we discuss the experience we had leading … Read More

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Personal Kanban and the World Bank

Modus Cooperandi is excited to announce our upcoming personal kanban project, where we will use our Personal Kanban techniques in a directed exercise with knowledge workers from around the world.  From the 21st through the 25th of September, Jim Benson and Tonianne DeMaria Barry will be working with The World Agroforestry Centre and the World Bank to lead their Capacity Building … Read More

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GTD & Kanban: Series Overview

For a long time I have been a Getting Things Done (GTD) advocate in both my personal and professional life, starting from the basics and working my way up to a full blown implementation in various paper and electronic forms over the years.  GTD has been a huge help, yet I have always felt there is something missing in my … Read More

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What is a Kanban?

A kanban is a tool to visualize, organize, and complete work. The first official use of kanban can be traced to Taiichi Ohno’s work at Toyota. He needed a way to quickly communicate to all workers how much work was being done, in what state it was, and how the work was being done. His goal was to make work … Read More

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Building Your First Personal Kanban

The basic kanban: Waiting, Working, Done A quick trip through personal kanban design patterns demonstrates how they can be created using any number of materials. This tutorial illustrates how to build the most common personal kanban. Step One: Establish Your Value Stream Value Stream (vly strm): The flow of work from the moment you start to when it is finished. The … Read More

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Combating Existential Overhead

Overload is Overhead Existential Overhead – the cost in distraction and stress of uncompleted tasks. A few years back I started shopping around the concept of existential overhead. The concept is fairly straightforward.  There simply is no such thing as out of sight, out of mind. When you have a workload, you are always thinking about the individual elements of … Read More

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Why Limit Work in Progress?

Too many things in the air at once can be dangerous. Posts about WIP. You have two hands. You can only juggle so many things at a time. The more you add, the more likely it is that you will drop something. When we promise work – we agree to juggle it.  When we start it – we start juggling. … Read More

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Why Retrospectives?

Small adjustments can make all the difference. In both Agile and Lean management there are points called “retrospectives,” regular and ritualized moments where a team stops to reflect. Checking processes for only a few minutes lets you re-orient the course of your work. These retrospectives allow a team the opportunity not only to celebrate or bemoan accomplishments or setbacks, but likewise to … Read More

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Recognizing Waste – Pattern Recognition and Outliers

The patterns of the game govern. Kanban’s primary weapon: visualization Kanban’s primary tool: limiting WIP Kanban’s primary goal: reducing waste By visualizing our workload, we limit work-in-progress and focus our resources.  We reduce waste by having a more efficient and effective work experience through understanding and prioritizing our work better, and selecting tasks better. Personal kanban is like the ancient Chinese board game … Read More

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