- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 2, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1453802266
- ISBN-13: 978-1453802267
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 149 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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- Carmen Medina: Director of Intelligence (Retired) Central Intelligence Agency: Personal Kanban is a must read for knowledge workers and their leaders who recognize that old productivity models don't apply to knowledge work and seek a more realistic and centered approach. The ideas are deceptively simple but in that simplicity is their strength. As soon as I finished reading it, I started drawing out the landscape of my projects and felt much the better for it.
- Ross Mayfield: CEO of SocialText: Personal productivity systems usually fail in practice because of complexity and they don't reflect the collaborative nature of real work. Personal Kanban provides the simplest structure that could possibly work and lets you achieve a state of flow.
- Jerry Michalski: guide, Relationship Economy eXpedition: Trying to get more effective? Why use Rube Goldberg systems of tabulated notebooks and special-purpose inserts? Instead, consider a system that flows like a stream and focuses your attention, both on the task at hand and on making your process more effective. That's what Personal Kanban is, and it may just fit your thinking and doing style.
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Aside from the practice, the book is clear and practical, with doses of philosophy stirred in with the practicality. It's definitely worth a read, and the technique is easy to try. See if it works for you.
If you have read other books on the topic, such as GTD, you may get less out of it. You probably can get away with reading a few blog posts or watching a video about it. The book has too many elaborate anecdotes for the advance reader. However, if the reader is new to the topic, the anecdotes help make the concepts clearer, and it also conveys the right mentality when using these kinds of systems.
+ Insightful description of work as flowing and need for flexibility for context (to-do lists rarely do this)
+ Several variants of personal kanban discussed with examples shown (see appendix)
+ Encourages adaptation, thinking
+ Emphasizes reflection with trial and error (thank you!)
+ Good visual management practices
+ Introduces the "existential overhead" concept and how stress is created
+ Deep dive into "why"
+ Water wheel analogy is interesting as the first flowing process
+ Interesting commentary on Covey's time mgmt matrix
+ Capacity v. throughput well described and a key concept to note
+ Good chapter tips
+ Quotes to set tone and direction of chapters
- Does not address perception issues... others in the office will be critical
- Propegates the myth of kanban as solely a WIP limiter. In actuality, it is a "right-sizer" - it may reduce or increase WIP to ensure flow occurs.
- Generally interchanged/confused system with tools - systems use tools
- Effectiveness, efficiency, and productivity definition unharmoniously defined
Bottom line: Recommended. From an time effectiveness point of view, very, very good.
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This was not explained, just with few sentences ... therefore 2 stars.Read more