I’m a big fan of Kanban board. I prefer it over TODO list for all my professional and personal work. It’s clear to understand, doesn’t require extensive management process and most important offers great visibility of work.
I’m not going to focus on Kanban itself. If you want to read more about it I would refer you to few external links for more info:
What I would like to focus on is how to do a cheap Electronic Board on Apple Mac without any additional software installed.
What you need?
If you got Mac you don’t really need anything more. I’m running OS X 10.8.3.
To make the Kanban board I used application shipped with OS X called Stickies and a custom made desktop backgrounds.
How to do it?
First of all, I’ve created a new Desktop using Mission Control and setup Desktop Background to my Custom “Kanban Board like” wallpaper.
I’ve prepared two backgrounds, dark and bright, which you are more than welcome to use for free.
My empty board is ready. All I need to do now is to add some Stickies onto it.
Voila. You can modify color of a sticky and make it transparent. I’m using colors to distinguish between different types of tasks. Stickies on the top are the one with top priority.
Once your Done column is full you can archive your Stickie by saving it and removing from the board.
Simple as that I hope you’ll find it helpful and easy to use. Greg