Whiteboards are just for writing. Sticky notes add a lot of power to whiteboards for project management, scheduling, ideation, teaching and much more.
One tech company that uses a whiteboard for project management calls it the “Getting Stuff Done” — or GSD board.
The company, WebFly, has employee names written with a dry erase marker across the top of the GSD board. Below each name are sticky notes with tasks written on them.
Tasks that are being worked on now are in a row delineated with dry erase marker lines. Below that row are upcoming or lower priority tasks.
As tasks are accomplished the sticky notes are moved to an “Accomplishments” section of the whiteboard.
Short morning meetings keep the entire staff aware of who’s doing what, and what’s getting done. The company said that is has found that mini-meetings every day are a lot more helpful than the usual two-hour Friday meeting.
Jim Muth is general manager of EVERWhite, a US manufacturer and seller of whiteboards and tack boards used for teaching, coaching, planning, collaboration and tracking. Along with his expertise in the use of whiteboards, Jim excels in leadership, new product development, business operations, lean manufacturing, continuous improvement and product marketing. He holds a bachelor of science degree in Industrial Technology, with a focus on Product Development and Design, from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.