Personal Kanban

Learn how to integrate Kanban into your personal life. All daily chores, household care, family life and even weight loss can be organized and managed with properly setup personal Kanban board.
Visualize and manage work to regain control over your life.

Building Your First Personal Kanban

by Jim Benson
Getting started with Personal Kanban? Jim Benson, perceived as the "father" of Personal Kanban, wrote a blog post about creating your first Kanban board for personal purposes. The basic Kanban board (or basic value stream) consists of three columns: Backlog, Doing and Done but if it is not enough for you, from this post you will learn how to establish the value stream that maps your process better on Kanban. Next step is to define and establish your backlog with all the work that needs to be done and your WIP limits. The Work in Progress limit is the amount of work that you can handle at one time. WIP limits are often underestimated but they make you much more focused and effective. But the most important thing is just to start working, monitoring and improving the whole process. Read more »

5s in Personal Kanban

Personal Kanban is a simple and useful tool to keep your private and professional life organized. Nevertheless, you can experience even better results from using Personal Kanban by following “5S” rules. If you wish to get more control over your life, then remember these five Japanese words: seiri, seiton, seiso, seiketsu, shitsuke. They sand for five easy steps to eliminate waste and significant improvement: sorting, straightening, systematic cleaning, standardizing, and sustaining. Read more »

Personal Kanban 101

by Jim Benson
This presentation is definitely worth watching. It includes everything you need to know about Personal Kanban as well as it answers the most important questions concerning this method. It describes in detail the two fundamental rules of Personal Kanban: visualize your work and limit your WIP. Furthermore, the presentation contains the set of four steps for getting started with Personal Kanban. Read more »

What is a Kanban?

by Jim Benson
This blog post will give you the basic understanding of Personal Kanban. Jim Benson, the author of the famous book „Personal Kanban: Mapping Work | Navigating Life”, explains the the reasons for implementing and the benefits of using Personal Kanban to organize your life. He also presents a simple Kanban board that consists of three columns: backlog, doing, and done. Read more »

PK Basics: Why Limit Your WIP Series

by Jim Benson, Tonianne DeMaria Barry
WIP is an acronym for Work in Progress and it refers to all partly done tasks that have not yet been completed. Limiting WIP is one of vital principles of Personal Kanban. Why do we pay so much attention to this issue? Jim Benson and Tonianne DeMaria Barry explain the meaning, the importance and the application of Work in Progress limits. The authors provide the readers with a simple simulation of what happens if you don't limit the amount of work you can handle at one time. Read this post in order to avoid the most frequent problems: leaving things unfinished and compromising the quality of your work. Read more »

Use Personal Kanban to Manage Your Job Hunt

by Johanna Rothman
Personal Kanban is a way of managing your work and reducing the stress of doing too many things at once. With Personal Kanban you will see what you are doing, what is done, and how much still waits to be done. The job search is a complex and challenging task. Thus, Personal Kanban can be really useful while looking for a job. Take a look at this article and learn how to use Personal Kanban board to organize your job hunt. Read more »