Summer Kanban – Zoe’s POV

At the end of week one I held a short retrospective with Zoe.  I kept it simple and asked 3 questions:

  1. How do you feel about using the board overall?
  2. What do you like about it?
  3. What don’t you like about it?

Despite some complaining I got at the start of the conversation when we were setting up her tasks for the next day, her responses to my retrospective questions were largely positive. Here’s my summary of what she had to say.

  1. How do you feel about using the board overall?
    She said she really likes it. She felt it made her less likely to procrastinate and helped her avoid having to do everything in one day. She said that as a visual learner and someone who likes hands on, this was was right up her ally.
  2. What do you like about it?
    Zoe said she felt it made a long to-do list a lot less overwhelming and more organized. It helped her to plan each day and served as a good reminder.  She also said it was fun and felt good to move the post-it notes over to the done column.
  3. What don’t you like about it?
    Zoe’s biggest dislike was she felt it was a little overwhelming and it was hard to know what to start first. She thought she might like it broken down more, but as we talked about it we came to the conclusion that what was missing was priorities. She also felt she might want the board to be online, but as we discussed that further we agreed that having it in the kitchen where we can all see it was better because we couldn’t forget about it.


Action items I took away from our discussion were:

  • Add priorities to tasks once they are moved into the “Doing Today” column
  • Don’t overload the “To Do” column – more stuff can be added as needed
  • Press on despite moments of complaining or eye-rolling


We started the new week with priorities as you can see…


Zoe also found a creative way to indicate something was partially done – see “Clean Room”

As you can see from the “Done” column, Zoe is off to Cape Cod for a few days. She didn’t bring the boar with her so I guess all these other tasks will have to wait while she’s at the beach. Fair enough.52028331865__A6B678BA-7617-4F16-AA54-C8289F16F212

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