Overload is a System: The Challenges of Limiting WIP

Limiting Work in Progress is one of only two rules for Personal Kanban, but it is by far the most difficult. One major problem is that we look at our work as if it is a collection of tasks. We ignore the politics behind our work. This makes us see new projects as a to-do list and not as a set of new relationships. That can be and usually is devastating.

In this video we explore how too many projects in process creates an inevitable system of overload.

  • Do you - at this very moment - know how many projects or tasks you have in flight?
  • How many relationships does that mean for you?

Sources Cited / Additional Resources:

  • Benson, Jim. Why Limit WIP: We Are Drowning in Work. Seattle: Modus Cooperandi Press, 2014. Print.
  • Benson, Jim, and Tonianne DeMaria Barry. Personal Kanban: Mapping Work | Navigating Life. Seattle: Modus Cooperandi Press, 2011. Print.