At work, our development cycle is being converted to a Kanban system. I read a book, cleverly titled Kanban, about the process and it was really good. I have been thinking of bringing Kanban home and then I googled “Personal Kanban” and low and behold there is already a book on it.
The idea of Kanban can be summed up best in two ideas that are intended to eliminate wasted time:
- Make the work visible. – If you always know what is next, you don’t waste time wondering what to do next or forget and do something not yet needed.
- Limit the Work in progress – By not jumping from item to item, you have less wasted time.
So it is basically like a “honey-do” list, but where you limit the amount of items you can actually be working on at one time.
The idea is to have columns similar to this:
|List of Work||Prepared work||Work in progress (WIP)||Complete|
|Clean garage||Grease hinges||Write Wix fragment app||Fix sink|
|Fix paint in archway||Repair siding|
|Add shelves to garage||Get new tires|
|Help brother with his website||Fix blog|
So I am going to try this at home for a while. I may even buy the book. I did put it on my amazon wish list.