Saturday chores with kanban

Saturday chores with kanban

Saturday morning and we had to get chores done before we had guests at 2:00.
Normally the girls choose all their chores before they start. Today I decided to use a kanban board with them. Watch this interview with my daughters.

Here is the Kanban Board

By | 2016-10-25T16:20:17+00:00 February 27th, 2011|agile, agile fundamentals, kanban, lean, People, Product Owner, Roles, teams, video blog, waterfall|9 Comments

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  1. Jacob March 1, 2011 at 7:26 am - Reply

    I don’t know how scripted this was but it looked natural enough! A lot of very good points raised and addressed. I really liked it and will show it to my team.

    For some reason it made me visualize a kanban process of washing, drying, and storing dishes. Maybe it’s one you can get your kids to demonstrate. I have the problem of having experienced developers – they have real trouble getting to grips with kanban.

    • Joseph Flahiff March 1, 2011 at 7:52 am - Reply

      The girls had already gotten in their PJs for bed. and I told them to get back in their clothes because I wanted to interview them for my vlog. They asked what kind of questions and I told them the two scenarios I wanted to hit: 1) when they argued about dusting the chairs and 2) when they both wanted to do the bathroom. Then we just did it, one take, no edits.

      It was hilarious, after recording this, JoHanna wanted to know all about Agile and how we could use other agile practices at home. Mostly so we could do another video 🙂

      We plan to do a followup next weekend as they really did like the process.
      Thanks for the comment. Be sure to post your team’s reaction too. I would love to hear what they have to say.

  2. Sandeep Mandori March 2, 2011 at 11:56 pm - Reply

    Cute children, specially the younger one is more agile 🙂 …

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  5. Scotty Bevill April 13, 2011 at 12:45 pm - Reply

    This reminds me of a conversation I had with Jon Stahl about “Done = $$” for his kids and the Lean Dog boat.

    So tell me again why we complicate this? Great Post!

  6. Stew November 15, 2011 at 10:50 am - Reply

    A friend just sent me this link and I love the video. Your daughters are great at bringing up the positives of kanban and the disagreement they had over the chores and chairs. I liked JoHanna’s metaphor of the relay race too, as well as your side-comments that related the issues back to Agile and the business world.

    We’ve been using Kanban in our IT group since May, but this really shows how it can be implemented for all kinds of things.

    Great job.

    I look forward to the video when they show us their interpretation of peer programming! 🙂

  7. Houda March 24, 2012 at 9:46 pm - Reply

    We have been applying kanban for our 3 kids for the last 2 years with exactly same way as in this video but was more for managing their homework. We are in software industry as well, and my husband and I decided to make
    a modern app for our kids that runs on an android tablet (cheaper than ipad 🙂 )
    They have benn using kanplan for 2 months now, it has been great success! they have each a tablet on their desk, and they all manage their tasks themselves, even our 6 years old !!!!
    If interested, check it in , it is a free app, you only need an android tablet :))

  8. […] at 2pm, and they needed to get chores done before their guests arrived. Joseph states in his Saturday Chores with Kanban Part I  “Normally the girls choose all their chores before they start.”  They were […]

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