The other day I was flipping through TV channels and came across somebody lining up fresh green beans and cutting off the ends - I thought it was a little funny at the time but I kept on flipping. It wasn't until hours later that I realized that not everybody knows how easy and quick it is to "snap beans." (and of course I didn't see the entire show, so there might have been a reason why she was meticulously cutting off the ends). Anyway - simply hold a fresh bean in one hand and snap off each end with the other hand (I compost the ends). It goes very quickly once you get into a rhythm. I can't imagine having to line up a row of beans while they are rolling all around and then cutting off the ends - that would drive me crazy. Then again, everyone is different and if that works for you then that's OK also.