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I recently spoke with Dave Prior to discuss Personal Kanban, the ways in which we’ve each used it to manage the work we have to do, and what it has taught us about ourselves and how we get things done professionally and personally.
Here are some links to people and things I mention in the podcast.
Personal Kanban – Book by Jim Benson and Tonianne DeMaria Berry
Jim Benson – Super insightful and nice guy
LeanKit – The digital tool to help manage my analog work and life
Pomodoro Time 1.1 – Keeps me focused 25 minutes at a time
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
- 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
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!
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!
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
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)
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!
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