I don’t know about you, but project management systems don’t seem to do a very good job of giving you the “big picture” view! This is the primary “Projects”¬†view in LiquidPlanner with 29 active projects. Taking some cues from kanban boards for software development cycles, which my colleague introduced me to here at my new job, I designed a visual “overview” system to surface, at the highest level, which projects were active and which were “marked active” but not actually active in a given timeframe (i.e. week).

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Converting to post-it notes with an initial hierarchy
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Testing out assigning projects to the categories
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Moved to a more central wall, with blue tape for boundaries
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Final iteration with critical/needs attention (!), in motion/active (|>), on hold (| |), and done ([ ])kanban-liquid-planner-project-management