Family Kanban

Last weekend was a very long weekend in Israel, having the new hebrew year’s eve on Sunday (“Rosh Hashana”). According to tradition, we had a holiday feast to enjoy, this year hosted by us (my family).

There was quite a lot of work to be done to prepare our flat, including tiding up, organizing the table, the dishes and everything towards hosting our guests.

We also had to make sure the children (ages 10, 7 and 3.5) have something to do and do not cause anymore mess than we already had.

We knew we need to get the kids on board and that’s when we had the idea – create a real board and have them on board literally.

So, I created a small Kanban board from a white board, added three columns (TODO/לעשות, In progress/עושים and Done/גמור) and wrote a few tasks on some sticky notes.

I then introduced the idea to the kids and my wife, and asked them to look at the tasks, take ownership on them (by coloring a spot on them, each with his/her own color) and move them to the correct column.

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Around 4PM, my 7 year old son already created the new ‘Also Done’ column…

 

What can I say – the kids loved it. Especially my 7 year old son, who after a short time started to create his own tasks/cards and even added a “Break/הפסקה” task so that he can take a break and watch some TV… He also changed the TODO column to Also Done/גם גמור since there was not enough place for the done cards in the original column.

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Towards 6PM, not a lot of tasks left…

We all worked as a team, figuring out which tasks to do first, asking each other to add tasks that we have forgotten and even did a short daily making sure we all know what we have left.

I always new about the idea of The agile family, but never had the chance to do it with mine. Now that we did, I can fully recommend it (smile)

Author: Omer Meshar

A fan of Star Wars, Agile methodologies and TOC. Acting as an organizational Scrum Master in SQream Technologies.

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