Illustration of Kanban Board

The Visual To-Do List

Cover Image by Gerd Altmann

Spreadsheets didn't work for my interior design team

My team and I are working on a big, complicated project for our website. We're tracking twenty or thirty to-do items, and each will go through 9 or 10 stages between start and completion. So, we created a spreadsheet to organize it all. Only it didn't.

We got lost in the spreadsheet. The details were all there, and they were correct. But, the big picture was hard to grasp, and we lost our way.

Kanban Boards helped us see our interior design project in a different way

One day, I transferred all of the data from the spreadsheet to a Kanban board. A Kanban board is a visual to-do list that makes it easy to see the stages of a project, the status of to-do items, and how everything you're doing fits together. 

With our Kanban board, we were able to get our web project back on track. We regained our clarity and confidence. It was the right tool for the job. The funny thing is that we use Kanban boards to manage our interior design projects. We like them, but we didn't think of using one for our web project!

If you're renovation is stuck, if you can't see the big picture, consider a Kanban board - like the Kanban board we created for our web project - the right tool for the job.

Here's our Kanban board for selecting materials.


Jackie Lopey, Certified Interior Designer & founder of Wide Canvas

She didn't know it, but Jackie Lopey's days as an advertising executive were numbered when she bought and renovated a 1950's bungalow. She soon went back to school and started her own design studio. Jackie is an award-winning, certified interior designer and the founder of Wide Canvas.


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