Personal Kanban: Mapping Work Navigating Life

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This workshop will be delivered by Jim Benson on June 28 in English.

Course Overview

Personal Kanban introduces individuals to Lean. Knowledge Work (like software development) relies heavily on individuals. Since the main processor of knowledge work is the human brain, we are highly susceptible to stress, multitasking, politics, and cognitive biases. 
Personal Kanban helps people visualize work - so they can see what they are doing - and limit work-in-progress - so they do not extend beyond their capacity. Personal Kanban was devised to allow individuals and small teams not just to get work done (productivity), but also to spot and eliminate wasteful acts (efficiency), and understand and select appropriate options (effectiveness). 

This workshop will cover the basics of personal and small team kanban, but will also give directed lessons on principles and theory to prepare students to solve problems, collaborate, and continuously improve.

 

Workshop attendees will:

  • Learn the difference between "productivity" and "effectiveness"; 
  • Increase visibility into tasks and projects, both immediate and long-term;
  • Recognize the value of a “WIP limit,” and identify a sustainable work pace;
  • Create a Personal Kanban board optimized to particular life situations;
  • Differentiate between "push" versus "pull" systems;
  • Understand the personal and team psychology of work; and
  • Start delivering more effective and valuable results immediately.


 

Personal Kanban is:

    • * Proven: Used worldwide by individuals, schools, small businesses, Fortune 10 corporations, and world governments. 
    • * Powerful: Understand your options, your decisions, and your capacity.
    • * A Piece of Cake: All you need are a bunch of sticky notes, a flat surface, and some honesty. 
    • Learn more at Personal Kanban 101
Personal Kanban 101
View more presentations from Jim Benson

 

 

What People Are Saying
"Who knew visualizing your backlog and work-in-process on simple little sticky notes would help you to understand when to work, what to work on, and chop the guilt allowing you to spend time on something other than work. By reducing and identifying my work-in-process I've actually worked faster and removed stress from my life." ~ William Tubbs

"PK takes simplicity and mashes it with effectiveness to create a disarmingly simple process." ~ Dan Leone 

"The Personal Kanban gives much needed clarity and honesty to my day-to-day chaos." ~ Mary Alice Haft 

"Creative, engaging, productive."

"Personal Kanban changed the way I think about everything I do." 

"The workshop is a fun ride through several Agile techniques that I can turn around and put to use right away!"

Attend the workshop. It allows you to reflect on where you can make personal effectiveness improvements and teaches you how to do it."

"The workshop is a fun ride through several Agile techniques that I can turn around and put to use right away!"
"Attend the workshop. It allows you to reflect on where you can make personal effectiveness improvements and teaches you how to do it."
"Now I can see better what I need to do and have a flexible means to manage my work." 

     

    About the Instructor

    Jim Benson

    Jim BensonJim is the creator of “Personal Kanban,” a lean process used to manage knowledge workers. Knowledge work is a fundamentally tricky type of work to gain focus around, as those engaged in this type of work are by nature inventive. Invention and innovation are unpredictable, and related tasks are often amorphous. For the past two decades Jim Benson has worked at uncovering ways for individuals and groups to communicate, collaborate, and find clarity in unpredictable and amorphous environments.  He is also the CEO of Modus Cooperandi, a company focusing on collaborative management. He writes about and works with clients to acheive cultures of continuous improvement. These cultures actively seek out opportunities to improve job satisfaction and/or performance. Since starting Modus, Jim has helped clients as diverse as The World Bank, The United Nations, NBC Universal, The Library Corporation, and Comcast find collaborative solutions, identify and implement improvements, and create more innovative cultures.

     

    Jim Benson will also be lecturing at Agile Israel 2012 abou"Thwarting the Kahneman Curse: Using Lean and Agile to Save Us From Cognitive Bias".

     

    Watch this video of Jim explaining why to attend Personal Kanban training:

     

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