Peak Productivity using Personal Kanban

Skills Cafe

About This Course

Today’s workforce operates in a highly dynamic and complex environment. Priorities can change frequently, and stakeholder conflicts can quickly snowball into issues that have a direct impact on efficiency, productivity, and customer facing KPIs.

In this virtual simulation driven workshop, participants will explore techniques to stay on top of everyday productivity challenges and get more done.


A personal productivity and time management survey.

Skill Drill 1: The Time Management Myth. (30 minutes)

In this skill drill, we will explore the concepts of Opportunity Cost and Sunk Cost Fallacy. We will apply these concepts to personal time and productivity management to radically redefine how we view these topics. Participants will also explore why time management is a myth and why executives should instead focus on:

  • managing impact.
  • managing focus.
  • managing energy.

Skill Drill 2: Productivity Hacks – Tools for Managing Impact and Focus. (2 hours)
Managing impact is about prioritizing and choosing the tasks that have the maximum impact towards your goals while ensuring that routine tasks do not pile up. The Japanese Kanban Methodology is a framework that relies on simple techniques like visualizing the flow of work and reducing work-in-progress to dramatically improve everyday workplace productivity. In this experiential, simulation driven-workshop, participants explore the Kanban framework and apply it to everyday work. 

In this section, participants will:

  • Explore the Kanban framework.
  • Understand the core principles of Kanban – visualizing the flow of work and reducing work-in-progress.
  • Manage and maintain a personal Kanban board.
  • Use applications and technology to manage personal and team Kanban boards.
  • Identify simple rules to prioritize and reprioritize tasks.


  • 1 x post-workshop online, micro-simulations.
  • Learning nudges on days 2, 5, 10 and 15.

Program Evaluation:

  • Post-workshop feedback.
  • Post-workshop micro-simulation scores.
  • Learner stories: short stories articulated by learners about finding real-world applications of the concepts taught during the workshop. These stories can be captured in the form of a blog or vlog.

Learning Objectives

Apply the concept of Opportunity Cost to personal time and productivity management
Avoid the Sunk Cost Fallacy
Apply the Kanban methodology to personal time management
Apply effective strategies to manage changing priorities


  • No prerequisites

Target Audience

  • Individual Contributors