1. Agenda Setting: Set the agenda for your work up front. Start by acknowledging your backlog and your capacity—you’re not working on all of your anti-racism priorities at once, so you don’t get credit for projects that are just ideas or incomplete tasks. Announcing that you plan to do something is meaningless until you do it.
2. Context: Think about anti-racism work the same way you think about product—shipping new features, improving old ones, and maximizing efficiency. If anti-racism is like a product, is your team accelerating the right number of organizational tasks to make it a company-wide reality? Or are we still just releasing statements and doing implicit bias training?
3. Interconnection: Helps recognize dependency between parties because–justice-oriented work has layers of strategy operating simultaneously. Often, their success is dependent on the timely delivery of other influence.
4. Tracking impediments: Kanban tracking gives you visual tools to identify impediments (blockers) to progress. If you’re not tracking and recording the organizational anti-racism agenda items and conversations that have been blocked, you’re not being as effectively anti-racist as possible.
5. Daily Action: Kanban-oriented DEI planning allows you to think of anti-racism as a daily task list where your team is expected to produce results—forcing teams to swarm around blocked tasks to push them thru. White supremacy tells us to wait until tomorrow.
Don’t fall for it.