TrainIT uses LSP for the first time and loved it!

Our fledgling training company needed to come to agreement on our future plans, vision and goals. My assignment during my facilitator training was to design the workshop. Weeks passed without being able to find a day when everyone’s busy schedules would permit us to commit to a fun day of HARD FUN! MLK day was the opportunity and we took it. I was a participant so I was not able to facilitate the session so my classmate from the training -LSPF Joan Gammon eagerly offered to try out her new facilitation skills on a willing audience. She did awesome! It was amazing to watch her. You’d never know it was her first time.

Many of my team were skeptics coming in to the workshop, but by the time the session ended they were all converts and believers.

In designing the workshop I had two goals in mind. I wanted the company to come together to define our vision and plans for the future AND I wanted them to understand and experience LSP so they can effectively explain (and hopefully sell) the service to our customers and clients.

The day started with the basics and Joan did a great job of walking us through the first exercises. It was gratifying to see the process work as the team really leaned in and felt the power of the bricks and using their hands to build. By the end of the day we were aligned and committed to the vision, priorities and the next steps we needed to take.

We had a lot of laughs along the way and came away with both goals met and then some. Looking forward to any more workshops!

Successful Project Management Counts on a Memorable Kickoff

What are the linkages between project management and LEGO SERIOUS PLAY?

There is so much written on good project management practice (just google “why projects fail”) that it should be impossible for initiatives to fail. How many projects fail? According to the source below, only a meagre 14% of projects are successfully delivered (Source: Harvard Business Review, American Marketing Association, Arras People, the performance factory, further analysis execon partners).

Why does it happen? Among the myriad of available study results on “why projects fail”, this is my favorite graph:

Graph Major Causes of Project Failure

Source: http://www.it-cortex.com/Stat_Failure_Cause.htm

Lesson one of project management teaches us that every project should start by establishing clear, workable goals and give one person the ultimate ownership and accountability for meeting them – the project manager. Yes, it’s the project manager’s responsibility to make it successful, no one else’s. Despite all the training we receive on the art of project management, the above graph tells us very clearly that without great communication between relevant parties we have 57% chance of failure.

Robert Goatham – principal at Calleam Consulting Ltd. – states …the causes of [projects’] failure can be viewed at a number of different levels…”, making itnecessary to distinguish between just symptoms and the root causes. As Robert’s diagram shows (see below), we do not find “hard” causes at the root of project failure. Let me explain what I mean. Continue reading

LEGO SERIOUS PLAY and ANTI Bullying Event

Last year Strategic Play in the Americas worked together with a small group called “I AM ANTI BULLY” to encourage families to talk about the important topic of bullying. We made this short educational video to capture the event and help others understand how we used the powerful LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® materials and methodology with a cross section group of community members. We would like to encourage other Certified LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® facilitators to offer workshops in their communities. Read more here: http://www.strategicplay.ca/article/lego%C2%AE-serious-play%C2%AE-and-the-antibullying-movement–3333.asp

Prototyping Mental Models with Lego Serious Play for Agile

Ben Linders wrote this interesting post on InfoQ website about the combination of LEGO SERIOUS PLAY and Agile.

People can tell stories and express themselves when trying to solve complex problems using Lego. Jens Hoffmann facilitated the session “Prototyping an Agile Culture with LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®” at the GOTO Berlin 2015 conference. The attendants divided themselves into teams of 5 people or less. For the first exercise the attendants had to build a bridge with a mini figure on top of it. Next the attendants had to introduce them selves, using the bridge that they have just build. In this way they practiced telling stories with Lego.

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LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® with Remote Team Members

Jason Little of LeanIntuit wrote an interesting blog post about how to manage a LEGO SERIOUS PLAY session remotely. Find out how you can carry out a LEGO SERIOUS PLAY session when participants are 2200 kilometres away!

LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® (LSP) helps people express their ideas through deep, meaningful conversations. In an LSP session, people work together to build models but how can they do that if one team member is 2200 kilometres away? There’s only one way to find out! The client’s head office is in Toronto and there was one person working remotely in Winnipeg. No pun intended! I shipped her a kit and she joined via iPad. She paired up with someone in the room during each debrief.

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