Kanban, or “just in time”, has been a way to schedule work for many years now but has seen a resurgence in popularity as a method within the
lean software development approach. People are now applying the kanban system to everything from designing software to managing their personal lives - read on to find out how kanban could help you manage your time.
If you find yourself having to regularly react to urgent new tasks or requests, then kanban could be the key to keeping on top of your priority list - while saving yourself vital time. Check out how live streaming music service
Spotify did this when they introduced their first kanban system, and how they allocated one team member to act as a “goalkeeper” to filter all of the reactive tasks that their operations team received.
Kanban systems are becoming increasingly popular in team projects; even when team members are separated by great distances.
This blog explains how a simple Kanban board enables remote coders across Australia and Vietnam to work more efficiently on projects, while providing greater visibility for their work to their co-workers. Tools such as
LeanKit are great examples of online kanban systems that you can try in your own business.
Multitasking might make you feel like you’re accomplishing a lot, but research suggests the exact opposite - that
multitasking makes it harder for us to switch between tasks. This
article from Venture Beat explains how kanban could be a good solution to limiting your multitasking. The kanban approach limits the amount of work-in-progress you have at any one time - enabling you to concentrate on the important tasks and not start
anything new until they’re finished.
Do you use kanban in your daily routine or your work life? Hit us up on twitter or leave a comment to let us know how. Have a great weekend!