The birth of Kanbana

I’ve always been fascinated and driven by the fact that with a good idea and a computer at hand you have the ability to create something great. Throughout the years this entrepreneurial part of myself has been outlived in various spare time projects. Unfortunately it has never led to sustainable and value adding products which I’ve blamed the lack of a brilliant idea.

Last year I took a decision to stop waiting for the brilliant idea to fall down from the sky. I have been waiting for years so what are the chances of it happening in the future? and if it finally did what is the possibility of me having the skills, timing and luck to convert a potential brilliant idea into a success?

Instead I began looking inwards and tried to understand the challenges and drivers of my own life. Back in 2005 I got a new job and began to work in teams following agile methods such as Scrum. For me it was a revelation that made my work more motivating and also much easier to manage and comprehend. Clear objectives and a structured approach to gaining clarity was the key to being able to focus and work effectively in small batches that immediately created a clear sense of momentum.

As the years went by, my interest in agile methods grew along with an urge to spread the agile mindset and practice it to perfection. The consequence was that my own role changed from being a team member to advisory and managerial roles where my own clarity and focus was sacrificed in honor of the teams I was supporting.

My stress level began to rise, my focus and motivation dropped and I felt compelled to do something about the problem. I began to study methods about gaining focus and clarity as well as personal development in general. From this journey I learned a lot about my self and what I constantly have to be aware of in order to gain personal clarity, focus and clear valuable objectives.

As a consultant in different kinds of companies I observed that a lot of people struggle with lack of clarity and focus like myself. So far I’ve narrowed it down to all knowledge workers who are responsible for their own time is challenged on lack of clarity to some extent. They who are handling multiple projects and stakeholders at once have an even harder time and is often those who get stressed out and eventually lose motivation or even the ability to work.

During the last year, I have spent most of my spare time trying to solve this problem in the shape of a tool with an ambition to create enough value so that the target group will pay for a solution. It is not a new facebook, but the vision is an essential part of my own life, which I believe is a good starting point.

I know many of you walk around with a unsolved problem so now I “just” have to figure out how to solve it. A key challenge is that the solution I believe in at the time is simple and unsophisticated, but requires a disciplined approach as a person.

So, my headache is to create something that makes it incredibly easy to get started and with minimal discipline and effort creates enough value for you to “see the light”. For me it has been a long journey, so how do I boil down this journey so that you can start adding more clarity and focus to your life right away?

Kanbana is the name of the solution and its value proposition is as follows:

Kanbana is a simple and easy to use task board that will help Self-managing office workers who are juggling with many different kinds of projects and stakeholders at once get a clear visual overview of all everyday activities and achieve a stress less day, good decision making and easy prioritization according to your own goals and values

Kanbana can be found at http://kanbana.com and I can reveal so much that the sustainable solution isn’t found yet, but we have some happy early adopters and that is a good starting point.

3 thoughts on “The birth of Kanbana

  1. Hi Troels
    Thank you for that excellent mini book “Personal Effectiveness”. I really liked it and learnt a lot. Your thoughts with the combination of pomodoro and kanbana makes it really great. Thank you

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