I joined 3M straight from university in 1983 and started a life long relationship with Post-It Notes. I used them to keep track of my projects, on huge sheets of paper - to all intents and purposes, a Kanban. Wind forward many years through the Telecoms industry (Motorola, Bell South, Lucent Technologies and NTL/France Telecom) and the dotcom era and the Post-It Note still figures in the daily routine. I've used them to complete successful software development projects, business start-ups, office moves, customer base migrations and many, many Agile Scrum/ban sprints. They were the foundation on which the team delivered a new eCommerce service platform for Ordnance Survey's digital mapping products - much loved by customers if the Net Promoter Score is anything to go by. And that project won "Best Use of Agile in the Public Sector" at the UK Agile Awards (October, 2012).
You may prefer cards with magnets or the latest online software tools, but spare a moment for the Post-It Note. And, no I don't own 3M stock...!
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