The Cycle Board

With every Idea Machine there is a Cycle Board included - you can subscribe to notifications.

How to use the Cycle Board

The Cycle Board is BrainStore's form of applying the Kanban technique to team work.

The goals

  • Increase transparency
  • Reduce work in process
  • Reduce time spent in meetings, discussing things
  • The rules (very simple)

Anyone can place items in the pipeline at any given time

  • Only the facilitator can move items from the pipeline to the open
  • Anyone can pull items from the "open" and start doing them
  • When a item is done you place it in the done

The facilitator

The origin of the term facilitator is French and means easy (facile). Ideally the team selects a facilitator. The facilitator should only pull items if the cycle board is running smoothly.

The facilitator makes things easier by

  • Talking to the team
  • Deciding with the team what to place in the open and thus supporting the team to set priorities
  • Supporting team members to place items in the pipeline and to pull from the open
  • Making sure that there is not too much in the doing
  • The facilitator can step down at any time - ideally after places all items in the open back in the pipeline before stepping down. The team then selects a new facilitator. So be nice to the facilitator :-)


Items can also be pulled by more than one person. Simply edit the item in the doing and add additional names.

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