About Author: Derek Huether

Website
http://www.derekhuether.com
Description
I'm an Enterprise Agile Coach at LeadingAgile. I have a goal to take the hand waving out of Agile, Kanban, & Scrum. I’m a strange combination of a little OCD, a little ADHD, a lot of grit, and a lot of drive. I come from a traditional PM background but I don't give points for stuff done behind the scenes. The only thing that counts is what you get done and delivered. Author of Zombie Project Management (available on Amazon)

Posts by Derek Huether

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How to Add cards to a Kanban Board With Your Voice

I’m a fan of LeanKit, Personal Kanban, and Lifehacker.  So, what about adding cards to a Personal Kanban with no hands?

My LeanKit Personal Kanban

It’s an awesome tool. It allows me to visualize and control my work, through a web page or any of my Apple devices.  It doesn’t matter if I’m at home or work, I’m just trying to get stuff done and know what I need to do next.  Unfortunately, I’m not always at home or work.  I’m on the road.  I commute 1.5 to 2 hours (each way) to be with my client every day.  What can I say, I feel I can help my client a lot more if I’m looking them in the eye or doing a gemba walk.

My Commute

I seemingly have my best ideas while I’m on the road.  Though my Personal Kanban board pretty much looks the same, regardless if it’s on my wall, Macbook or on my iPhone, you don’t want me writing on post-its or typing in data while driving.  You think texting and driving is dangerous?  Try adding cards to a Kanban board!

My Lifehack

Rather than having to decide between being a danger to society and adding cards to a Kanban board, you’re about to learn how to add cards to a LeanKit Kanban board with only the sound of your voice.  It’s as easy as voice dictation on the iPhone.

Step 1

On your Personal (LeanKit) Kanban board, locate the default drop lane. There is a little “Add a new card” icon at the top of the lane. Click it and you’ll see the e-mail address to email cards to.

On your Personal (LeanKit) Kanban board, locate the default drop lane

Step 2

Create a contact for your Personal Kanban (or name of your board) in the address book on your phone.  Add the email address from the default drop lane.

Create a contact for your Personal Kanban (or name of your board) in the address book on your phone

Step 3

  • Using Siri, just say send email.
  • Say the title of your board. Personal Kanban
  • Say the title of the card. Testing
  • Say the content of the card. This is a test of the voice to add card feature

With Siri, just say send email

Step 4

Upon arriving at home or work, all of the new cards are waiting for you.  For me, all I need to do is remove my iPhone signature and I’m ready to go!

Upon arriving at home or work, all of the new cards waiting for you

Conclusion

This little lifehack will save me hours a week in pain and anguish, trying to remember all of the awesome ideas I have while on my commute.  Do you have any LeanKit shortcuts you would like to share?  Maybe you want to share a lifehack?  I’m on a quest to eliminate as much waste from my life as reasonably possible. Help me out!


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Vote for my AgileDC Personal Kanban Workshop

Submitting my Personal Kanban workshop to AgileDC

This year, AgileDC will be held October 21 at the Kellogg Conference Center at Gallaudet University.  Coming off the popularity and success of my Personal Kanban workshop at Agile2014, I decided to submit an encore workshop to the AgileDC conference

agileDC

I need your help!

Unlike in prior years where the conference organizers picked who would make the cut and who would not, this year it appears they are using Conference Engine and crowd sourcing it.

 How does it work?

1. Click on the link that takes you to my session

http://confengine.com/agiledc/proposal/515/at-home-and-work-how-to-get-more-stuff-done-an-introduction-to-personal-kanban  You and read about my proposed session. If you weren’t at Agile2014, this will be an encore workshop.

2. Click on the heart to “vote up” my workshop

3. Go to the Login page.  Login with one of your favorite social networks. (see image)

Log in

 

 

 

4. You may get routed back to the main Confengine website. If that’s the case, click on my link again.

5. Click on the heart to “vote up” my workshop

 

Your vote is much appreciated!


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Feedback from Agile2014 Personal Kanban workshop

wowThe votes and comments are in!

A little over a week ago, I led a Personal Kanban workshop at Agile2014.  It was to be both informative and interactive. Below is what Agile Alliance sent me.

Dear Derek Huether,

Thank you for presenting at the Agile Alliance Agile2014 Conference; your session helped make the conference a real success!

Please find attached the raw feedback data (including comments) for your session entitled “At home and work, how to get more stuff done. An introduction to Personal Kanban”, in which 14 attendees left feedback.

The feedback questions are based on a 5 rating scale, with 5 being the highest score.

Your average ratings are shown below:

  • Session Meets Expectations: 4.57
  • Recommend To Colleague: 4.71
  • Presentation Skills: 4.71
  • Command Of Topic: 4.86
  • Description Matches Content: 4.79
  • Overall Rating: 4.79

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Lean Coffee Baltimore Topics for August

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Lean Coffee Topics in dot-voted order

Lean Coffee is a structured, but agenda-less meeting. Participants gather, build an agenda, and begin talking. Conversations are directed and productive because the agenda for the meeting was democratically generated. We met at Mad City Coffee at 07:30 . We enjoyed an hour and a half of coffee and conversation.

August Topics

Distributed Teams

When everyone in your company is distributed, what are some ways you can stay connected?

Paired Programming

How do you sell paired programming to your organization? Management sees it as one for the price of two.

Test Driven Development

How exactly does it work?  We hear that it’s a good thing but why?

Method Turf Wars

Coaches and consultants get so passionate about the frameworks they promote. It used to be Waterfall against Agile.  Now it’s seemingly SAFe , Scrum at scale, enterprise Kanban and Lean… For the customers, do they really care? They just want stuff to work!

Meetups and Conferences

Have you been to any good meetups or conferences lately?  Do you know of any upcoming events?

Conversations

We had some really good conversations around the topics. Rather than bullet them out here, I’ll respond in the comments to encourage a little conversation.

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My Personal Kanban deck at Agile2014

Here is the deck from my Agile2014 workshop on Personal Kanban.

Participants were introduced to the principles of Lean and the application of Kanban to visualize their work, limit distraction and waste, and get stuff done. I covered the core concepts outlined in Jim Benson and Tonianne DeMaria Barry’s book, Personal Kanban, to get attendees of my workshop started.

Click here for Agile 2014 Workshop Tasks.pdf, referenced in my workshop