Kanban for my kids

Had to reblog this post by Dana. Great idea to apply a project management tool to real life.

A bit about the simple yet powerful tool Kanban. It was invented by a Taiichi Ohno, an industrial engineer at Toyota. All you need is a board and post-it notes and you can move tasks from one column (stage) to the next as they are completed.

If you prefer this tool in the form of a free app then Trello is great for personal use.

Ramblings of a Project Manager

I am a working mom of three wonderful kids, but seriously getting three kids up, ready, fed and out the door can be an epic challenge every single day.   If you have kids like mine they never seen to remember the tasks that need to be done everyday. The same tasks never change but they can’t seem to focus on them and they can’t seem to get any of them done with out me hounding them for status….are you done yet, are you done yet, are you done yet.   All I can think each morning is please make the pain of this stop.

Each weekend the kids also have their chores that they are responsible for completing.  I use to create little todo lists for each of them and then they would cross off the tasks as they completed them.  This worked well for the weekend chores but not so well for creating…

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What Does a Management Consultant Do?

  
In simple terms, this person is an expert in their field, ideally, with years of experience. 

They also need to have great leadership and communications skills to get the team on board towards a common goal. 

They identify a problem (unless the company has already done so), offer solutions and see the whole process through from start to end once they are on board. 

They find the organisation new and better ways to do things. 

Companies hire them because they have the ability to add value, such as saving money in the long term and improving business health. 

They take responsibility and make sure the project is completed within the timeline given and is within budget. 

Often it makes business sense to hire a consultant rather than a full time employee, for a short term project, as they come in with a fresh perspective and knowledge of best practises in the industry. 

An external party is also free from the usual office politics that can hinder real work. This is especially so in cases where change is needed for the company to move forward. 

It’s not an easy job, but it can be very rewarding.

Getting Overwhelmed by Tasks? – What to Do

We often get overwhelmed by the idea of all the things we need to get done. We are paralysed by the notion that there is not enough time.

It’s easy enough to make a to do list, but to plan your tasks well is a little bit more complicated.

You need to prioritise those tasks, estimate how long each one takes and the hardest part of all – decide which should have your attention first. And things are not static, often what you thought of as just one task may lead to other tasks. Or some tasks may be on hold as you are reliant on other parties to finish their part first. Often tasks are dependant on other tasks. For instance you need to get a permit before you can start construction on a building.

The tasks that should be given the highest priority is the one that will get you closest to your goal. For clarity then you first need to establish your goal for the particular project at hand.

But of course many tasks are time sensitive (if you don’t get your visa in time you won’t get to make that business trip), and so those must be kept in mind.

The list needs to be reviewed daily to see what has been accomplished. This will keep you on track. Often what is measured is what gets done. That’s just human nature. It’s also why you find that you can get your work stuff done as you’re accountable to someone else like your boss, but it’s harder to get personal stuff done as you’re accountable to yourself.

Often I wish I could have a project manager to manage my life. It’s why people get the help of personal trainers if they want to achieve the goal of loosing weight and getting fitter.

It’s much easier to focus on tasks rather than get overwhelmed by the idea that you won’t have enough time.  When you prioritise, you can focus on a single task at a time and get that done.  It is much less stressful this way – mono-tasking as opposed to multi-tasking.

Organise Everything with Trello

Perhaps I need to try this out.

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Before

Before I met Trello, I used A4 sheets stippled together for planning, organising, writing down todo items etc. over time, the A4 sheets gets lost, soiled or becomes very disorganised and I mostly cannot make meaning from what I wrote in my own handwriting.  and I loose a great deal of brainstorms, procedure and memory with that.

Now Comes Trello

Trello is the free, flexible, and visual way to organize anything with anyone.
Drop the lengthy email threads, out-of-date spreadsheets, no-longer-so-sticky notes, and clunky software for managing your projects.
Trello lets you see everything about your project in a single glance.

Trello is simple on the surface, but cards have everything you need to get stuff done. Post comments for instant feedback. Upload files from your computer, Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, and OneDrive. Add checklists, labels, due dates, and more. Notifications make sure you always know when important…

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15 great tools for entrepreneurs and startups

Cool ideas for small businesses.

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by Esteban Soto(@esoe03)

E-commerce

Magento

Is an open source e-commerce site and it has one of the most powerful and flexible features in the market. Whether you are a small company or a large organization, Magento gives you customer retention, performance and scalability features to support your business.

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Shopify

You can have your own online store at Shopify even if you don’t know a thing about building a website. They have tools that help you with that and makes your website look professional for your clients. It also has different features as SEO, international payments, tax and currency support and makes your website customizable to the type of market you want to target. Shopify stores sold $3.7 billion in 2014.

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Project Management

Asana

Ditching email for Asana might be the best idea to increase productivity and efficiency. Their platform does everything from creating and organizing tasks to…

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5 Tips for Conquering the Impossible Project

Project management tips can often be applied to real life goals that you want to achieve.

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Project management is usually a challenging task where different stakeholders must be satisfied against limited resources. Even more so where you are tasked with a project of magnitude proportions that just seems to be impossibility against with time frames that seem impossible to achieve. You have to deal with difficult personalities, ever changing environments and other constraints.

How does one conquer the impossible projects that come along your path? Here are five tips to conquer the impossible project:

Define the Successful Criteria.  This will make or break your project. All stakeholders need to share a common understanding of how to determine the success of the project. It needs to be objective and measurable in order to determine success. Decide what criteria will be used to decide when a product will be released. Laying the groundwork right at the start of your impossible project will give the necessary direction that…

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