I have been using Personal Kanban for almost two years and have been experimenting with using a Kanban board for program management. I enjoy keeping things simple, so I use the this board as a way to take a quick look at the overall program status at a glance.
I’ll give you an example so perhaps you can visualize it and apply it to your own work:
I manage the administration of many scholarships and awards, which are divided into several different categories. Each category for the year has its own card. Each card moves through the different columns on the board, which are:
- Collecting applications
- Evaluating candidates
- Confirming selections
- Money disbursement
This doesn’t have to only be a non-profit program like what I’m working on. This can be several projects as part of a program or portfolio. In its simplest form, it won’t give you the expected ROI of each project, nor will it give you a detailed status report. It is simply an at-a-glance “what’s the overall status?” report. If you don’t have the resources, or even the need, to make it more complicated, then it should serve you well.
How do you think you can use a Kanban board for simple program management?