Kanban is an agile software development methodology that does not time box work to be done, and has very few “rules”. In fact, there are only two:
- Visualizing your workflow
- Limiting your work in progress
Anything else beyond this really, is detail of particular approaches to or implementations of Kanban.
Kanban is more of a Lean approach really, than Agile. But I’m not going to bore you with theoretical nit-picking. For excellent resources on the theory and practices around Kanban in software projects, do visit David Anderson’s site.
At about the time I was looking for better ways to organize our lives, I stumbled across Jim Benson on Twitter. Jim had started writing about using Kanban for personal work management, and the concept of Personal Kanban was just starting to take off.
The rules of Personal Kanban are no different from Kanban. It’s just being applied in a personal context, with often exciting results. There are some great stories on Twitter and the internet on the success people have had with this approach.
Our family is one of them. We’re not “gurus” or “ninjas” in Personal Kanban, but we’ve come a long way. Please join me as I continue sharing my thoughts on how we are using it to manage our lives better.