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It looks like you may have 3 issues that are important for Kanban - You have a high WIP issue. You may have a prioritization challenge. You also have a 'sizing' problem. Let me elaborate on each - High WIP. Clearly, you have a number of well-defined and not so well-defined projects that you have to do. The projects seem sizeable enough to manage on ...


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With Personal Kanban, we recommend exactly what you are suggesting. Sequester work and days into cognitively-like groups. That way, you can focus on one domain (a type of task, a domain, a meme) and not context switch so much. We call these Orange Days. Limiting WIP isn't just about limiting tasks, it's about limiting context switching as well. The more ...


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Take a look at http://www.personalkanban.com/pk/designpatterns/the-sequestering-approach-and-personal-kanban/: ... sequester them in a “repeating tasks” category. On the white board you can list these in a sequestered box, simply checking them off when complete. Then, erase the checkbox when they need to be done again. ... Why bother having the ...


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Couldn't the real problem be that your tasks are way too big and should be split into subtasks? If a task blocks everything else for weeks it should probably be split into manageable chunks.


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I assume you are familiar with http://www.personalkanban.com/pk/ I am not an expert in Kanban personally but here is how I solve your issues: I have a "Waiting for" list for things that I can't work on but should be reviewed regularly. For example, any email I send and I expect a reply would go in that list. Therefore, if the person doesn't answer after ...


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As a part of using personal Kanban it is important to only put things as cards that require the proper staging, working/waiting, done flow. Most of the personal Kanban tips I found was only make cards for things that will take 4 hours of work minimum. What has worked for me is to keep my personal Kanban board for projects and then I keep reoccurring tasks ...


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I too have this problem with a lot of different visual boards at work. They are not all Kanban boards, there are also a few VP (visual planning). I have the same challenge as you have on how to keep myself updated enough and getting the "big picture" without getting overwhelmed about the information on the boards. I have started to focus more on each board, ...


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WeekPlan allows you marry a kanban style with a calendar view. The Parking lot feature is basically like Trello, a list of list of tasks. When a task needs to be done on a certain day, you simply press a button "Promote" and it will be pushed into the week view (calendar-ish view).



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