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Friday, May 18 • 9:00am - 5:00pm
Personal Kanban: Mapping Work, Navigating Life

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Are you or people in your organization feeling overwhelmed with their workload? Do they feel they are not getting the results they want from the actions they are taking? Does everything seem urgently important?

Personal Kanban gives clarity to our work and our lives by visualizing those tasks, expectations, and commitments we have and helping us prioritize and complete them effectively. With only two simple rules, visualize your work and limit your work in progress, Personal Kanban is flexible enough to have already been in contexts as diverse as pre-school classes to Fortune 10 companies.

This workshop is for individuals who want to create more value for their organizations and themselves through improved personal performance. It is based on the popular book Personal Kanban by Jim Benson and Tonianne DeMaria Barry.

Participants will apply Kanban and other techniques to manage their own work, and by extension to teams. Each person will design and learn how to use their own activity board.

Topics include:

- Visualizing work to uncover bottlenecks, gain clarity and peace of mind

- The damaging effects of too much work-in-progress, and how to reduce its effects

- Prioritize work so the important isn’t crowded out by the “urgent”

- The power of slack time!

- Continuous improvement that actually works

- Minimizing distractions using the Pomodoro technique

Is it fun?
The workshop is lively, interactive, with lots of variety to maximize learning potential. Gerry co-designed this session using the Training From the Back of the Room approach, which uses brain science principles to make learning stick.

What will I gain from attending?
You will leave this one day workshop with:

- Increased visibility into what you are doing - what you can see you can manage

- Practical answers on how to spend more time on the things that matter most to you

- Lightweight processes and tools you can use and adapt immediately to manage your workload

- A ready to use personal Kanban board

Performance occurs at many levels: organization, team and individual, starting with the individual. High performing companies embrace all three to reap the rewards of excellence. Executives, managers, staff, entrepreneurs, busy moms can all benefit from this workshop.

Reviews from Participants

"Creative, engaging, productive."

"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."

"I plan to have my team participate in this exercise."

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Jim Benson

Jim Benson is CEO of Modus Cooperandi, a collaborative management consultancy in Seattle, Washington. After being steeped in Agile for many years, Jim started working with Kanban and Lean thinking in 2005. In 2008, he started taking this idea further with Personal Kanban, which brings... Read More →

Gerry Kirk

Creating the space for people to create astonishing results together. Community building, citizen engagement, productivity tools, ultimate frisbee

Friday May 18, 2012 9:00am - 5:00pm EDT
Beacon Hill 2

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