Making your work visible is vital for knowledge workers (like lawyers), and the best way of doing that is by using a Kanban Board. Task managers just can’t cut it.
In this episode, Ernie talks with John Grant a consultant who helps fellow lawyers fix their legal workflows using Kanban Boards to help them manage tasks more effectively and collaborate better.
- Agile Attorney (John Grant’s website)
- The Voice of The Client (John’s podcast where he interviews lawyer clients)
- Thinking Fast & Slow, Daniel Kahneman
- Making Work Visible: Exposing Time Theft to Optimize Work & Flow, by Dominica DeGrandis (John’s book recommendation)
- The Rise & Fall of GTD (Cal Newport’s article in the New Yorker)
- Lean Software Development (Wikipedia article)
- Agile Software Development (Wikipedia article)
- Scrum Software Development (Wikipedia article)
- Knowledge Workers (Wikipedia definition)
- How to Think Better And Profit More (Ernie’s blog post)
- Feedback loops (Wikipedia definition)
- Kanban (Wikipedia definition)
- Trello (Kanban board tool used by Ernie, which he recommends)
- KanbanZone (Kanban board tool that John recommends)
- WIP: a task started by not yet finished (Wikipedia definition)
- Start less to finish more (a key principle of the Agile work method)
- Optimism Bias (Wikipedia definition)
- Why All Your Projects Are Late And What to Do About It (Freakonomics podcast)
- Less Doing: Ari Meisel‘s website (productivity guru that Ernie follows and recommends)
- “Honest reckoning with capacity” (John’s advice for not succumbing to optimism bias)
- “Brutal assessment of priority” (John’s related advice)
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