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Jim Benson
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What is stopping you from completing your work? Here's a quick list of seven things that I see most commonly overload people's work-in-process.
Modern business drowns in overhead it can’t even see. I’ve seen companies spend hours denying an expense request on a $20 book. I’ve seen teams spin for weeks planning projects that change dramatically in the first week due to a simple implementation lesso...
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Google seemed to do better at capturing the year than Facebook did. But then again, Google has access to all my photos.
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Modus Institute http://modusinstitute.com is live! This has been a lot of work to get us this far.

We will be offering our first course in managing distributed teams in January. Future courses will include visualization of work, alignment, project forecasting, and more. 

MI is an interactive online school. You can learn at your own pace and have direct access to teachers and other students. You are supported through implementation.
Our online courses are ideal for those with busy schedules, you can watch the course videos whenever you want and learn at your own speed. Our site is mobile-ready so you can watch videos or respond to a discussion from wherever you are. Learn about the latest management ideas in the comfort of ...
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Way to go, Jim and company.
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Hi Jim: why did you say that?
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Our Ready Columns or our Backlogs tend to fill up with dead tickets. We become blind to the tickets that never move - actually filtering them out automatically.

Try actually tracking tickets coarsely - by month - to see which ones are becoming ridiculously old.
In our last post, we discussed a NEW STUFF column. In this post, we are being even more explicit, noting in our Personal Kanban how old tickets on the board are. We have seen, even on our own boards, that tickets can linger on the board for six months, eight months, even a year!
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Promises are like currency. You can make good ones and succeed or you can make them, not carry through, and pay penalties.  The problem is remembering them. How can you keep track of things you've promised others?
When we get overloaded, it is very easy to promise people work and then under-deliver. Promises are tricky, they bring with them social costs as well as costs for time and effort. When I promise something to you personally, I am putting myself on the line. I am telling you, “because you are ...
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That's the thing. There are the big promises ... that become projects.  And the little promises that become ... um ... projects. 
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Starting a list series for business. Starting out, of course, with the list Top 10 Reasons I Hate Lists. 
Lists are contrived conveyances of information. And they work. They are quite effective at providing a quick framework to get a complex point across. This post is the beginning of a series of posts that are, specifically, lists.
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I've been traveling a lot and getting really worn down. Sometimes it's hard to keep the energy level up. You just want to faceplant. Last week I rested a bit, but when you own a company it's nearly impossible to just ignore it for a whole week.

So, I was thinking ... what is my fuel? What motivates me? And how can I get more?
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We treat tools like they are process. I can't count the times people tell me "we set our kanban up to match Jira". 
What are Goals Plans Processes Toolkits and Policies. Posted by Jim Benson in Featured. You have a GOAL: To get your work done. To get that work done you need a set of steps to get you from concept to completion. Those steps and the assumptions behind them are your PLAN.
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You are overworked.

How overworked? Well, probably a lot.

And it's likely your own doing. So, take this simple test, even if you've never touched a kanban.
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We collect new demands on our time every day. They can get lost in a backlog. Using a column to specifically talk about what's new helps us figure out:

- Whether new tasks are necessary
- See for real the impact interruptive tasks have on our time
- See how other tickets are aging 
Is your READY column filling up with tasks? Is it hard to figure out what's new, what's important, and what's aging? One option to deal with this is a NEW STUFF column. This column holds exactly what it says: New work that has come in over the last few days. As new work comes in, simply place ...
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Rich, is not meant to process numeric data, it's meant to show interruptions and unplanned work. Many people take on copious unplanned work and have no way of visualizing it.

Making it a sub column in ready would work too.
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Wondering how much you really get done in a day? Might that help you plan better? It's pretty easy to do, just make a quick board to measure it.
“When do I get tickets out of my DONE column?” People often allow their DONE column to get so full of work that it becomes useless – a huge pile of completed work. There are so many tickets in there, you no longer know what happened. If we'd like to encourage ourselves to empty the board weekly ...
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