Mar 4 / Jim Benson

Collaborwocky Ep003 - Building an Obeya

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In this episode Dave Prior and Jeffrey White delve into the world of Obeyas, a digital workspace that mirrors the collaborative environment of a physical war room. Here are the key takeaways:

Obeya Overview

  • An obeya is a digital space where teams collaborate, share information, and visualize work.
  • It resembles a physical war room, with sections for personal tasks, team plans, and historical notes.
  • The messiness of your obeya reflects real work dynamics and allows seamless transitions between different sections.

Personal Kanban Boards

  • Individuals use their personal sections to manage tasks, reference points, and ongoing projects.
  • Kanban boards help organize work and provide visibility into progress.

Historical Notes

  • Your obeya maintains a history of meeting notes and discussions.
  • Reviewing these notes helps identify the next right steps and informs decision-making.

Collaboration and Adaptability

  • An obeya fosters collaboration, even in remote work settings.
  • Its flexibility allows teams to adapt and evolve their workspace as needed.


In summary, the obeya bridges the gap between physical and digital collaboration, enhancing teamwork and productivity. 🚀

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The Team

  • Jim Benson: Founder of Modus Institute and co-author of Personal Kanban and the NEW Course, Toxic Waste.
  • Tonianne DeMaria: Co-founder of Modus Institute, co-author of Personal Kanban, and an expert in the psychology and neuroscience behind work.
  • Dave Prior: Certified Scrum Trainer and a faculty member at Modus Institute.
  • Mark Kilby: Co-author of the book, From Chaos to Successful Distributed Agile Teams, and a co-instructor for the new Successful Distributed Teams course on Modus Institute.
  • Thushyanthan A.: An education industry professional and a Modus Institute faculty member with a love for documentation.