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The LEGO® – Retrospective

Slightly different from “classic” LEGO SERIOUS PLAY methodology, Dominic Krimmer (Twitter@dkrimmer84) has written an interesting case study about the combination of LEGO and Scrum tools. Here is his blog post “The LEGO Retrospective

LEGO Retrospective by Dominic Krimmer
LEGO Retrospective by Dominic Krimmer

The LEGO® – Retrospective is a quite nice method I tried out with a team in my current company. The reason why this exercise is so exciting is the fact that team members are joining a totally new creative space where they can try out to express their thoughts on an abstract layer. In this post I’d like to share some experiences about this improvised retrospective.

Time needed:
preparation: 10 minutes
retrospective: 60-90 minutes

What you can expect:

The LEGO® – Retrospective helps teams to dive into another kind of space where the rules of ordinary life are temporarily suspended and replaced with the rules of this game. As almost everybody played with LEGO® in his childhood you can expect a high engagement as adults might love to remember the good old creative time :-)

Object of play the LEGO® – Retrospective:

Most of us are familiar with LEGO® – one of the best known brand toys. This game gives team members an opportunity to express their views on an abstract way. It’s valuable because you are able to create the conditions that will allow unexpected and surprising solutions to emerge.

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LEGO Fire Walk

Lego Fire Walk
Lego Fire Walk from Toy Kingdom

Looking for something to spice up your LEGO SERIOUS PLAY facilitation sessions? Do you have in mind something far worse than hot coals?

According to some reliable community sources that have collected more than 40 thousand storytellers who share their first hand personal experience on the matter, there is not a single more painful thing in the whole human experience than an unsuspecting and unprotected individual stepping barefoot on a single Lego brick that has been left unattended to a dark bedroom of a 5-year old.

What a better way to build your self-confidence, stamina and motivation than to let yourself be immersed into a stream of pain that has been scattered over a three-meter excruciating walkway.

If you try to introduce your workshop participants to a LEGO fire walk, but consult a health adviser first!

Many thanks to Erki Uustalu for a great link!

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Win Lego Mindstorms Robot

LEGO Mindstorms EV3 RobotSomething for Friday Fun!

Cogmation Robotics has created a sweepstakes campaign to provide exclusive offers from Virtual Robotics Toolkit. This competition gives you a chance to win a LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 Robot and some cash. The campaign is open until December 15. If you want to enter click the link below: http://vrtlaunch.cogmation.com/giveaways/vrt-launch/?lucky=4813

Overview of the New Lego Serious Play site

Lego Serious Play New Website at lego.com/en-us/seriousplay
Lego Serious Play New Website at lego.com/en-us/seriousplay

Lego has published its new website at http://www.lego.com/en-us/seriousplay/. A great initiative to bring Serious Play solutions closer to the core of Lego customers. The website consists of the following parts:

  • Front page
  • The method – Description of the Lego Serious Play method
  • Leverage your organization’s expertise – information about why and when to use Lego Serious Play
  • Background – Information about the history and research on Lego Serious Play
  • Facilitator – Information about Lego Serious Play facilitator communities
  • Material – Information about Lego Serious Play bricks
  • Contact – Information
  • FAQ – Most important questions about Lego Serious Play

Most importantly – the Open Source section from the old website has disappeared! The only document that Lego has retained is the set of its Trademark Guidelines. The primary focus of the site now rests with the quality of facilitation.

The detailed contents of the new website sections are below
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SeriousPlay.com – Rest in Peace

Serious Play com website closed
Old SeriousPlay.com website is now closed

Lego has created its new website for Lego Serious Play at http://www.lego.com/en-us/seriousplay/. Today they also pulled the plug from the old SeriousPlay.com website. When you type in its address to the URL then it simply redirects you to the new Serious Play section on the Lego homepage.

If you feel nostalgic then not to worry. A great resource called Internet Archive – Way Back Machine helps you to go to history and has kept the image of the website as of 20 October 2014 in their wonderful database.

Huge Lego Bricks for Friday Fun

LEGO Education Soft Bricks Set 6033778
LEGO Education Soft Bricks Set 6033778

Something fun for Friday! We have written earlier posts about different types of bricks that Lego has produced, but I bet not many of you have used in your Lego Serious Play sessions something so substantial as LEGO Education SOFT Bricks Set (art no.6033778) containing 84 Bricks.

LEGO Education Soft Brick BendableThose bricks are huge, 8.9 x 18.8 x 5.75cm (3.5×7.4×2.25 inches) with studs excluded and weigh 132.5 grams for the standard 2 x 4 stud brick. The bricks are flexible and can be bent like on the picture. The set contains standard and curved LEGO® Soft elements that make it easy for preschool children to develop physical skills and spatial awareness as they build life-sized figures, walls, towers, and obstacle courses. However, a set or a two of them can also be just great fun part of your home or office decoration or activity when you facilitate with Lego Serious Play.

Denise Meyerson’s book Better, Best, Brilliant: The Essential Guide For Trainers and Facilitators

Denise Meyerson Best Better Brilliant Essential Guide for Trainers and Facilitators
Denise Meyerson Best Better Brilliant Essential Guide for Trainers and Facilitators

Serious Play Pro community member Denise Meyerson, who is one of the Master Trainers of the LSP residing in Australia has written a great resource for Serious Play facilitators. It is the eBook Better, Best, Brilliant: The Essential Guide For Trainers and Facilitators

The book is a great resource for the use of a long list of essential techniques and more advanced facilitation techniques (including Gamestorming, Visual facilitation, use of metaphors). It also includes a prominent section on Lego Serious Play with some particular roadmaps that you can use in your facilitation practice. The roadmaps are hands on, specifying particular time segments that you can use in your client intervention assignments.

Lego Bricks and Design Thinking

Future Balloons using Lego Bricks facilitating Design Thinking 6
Future Balloons using Lego Bricks facilitating Design Thinking

We use Lego in the prototyping sessions of social solutions, under design thinking methods.

We support social leaders, teachers and entrepreneurs for social change to generate innovation through design thinking consultancy and training, so we call it social design. There is already plenty of evidence that social design is an effective method to solve social problems, specially those wicked ones as most social problems fall under this category (poverty, unschooling, urban violence, …). Social design includes the phases of understanding the context and the public (inspiration), ideation (including prototyping) and finally implementation.

Now, most people working in the social sector in Portugal are qualified in sociology, education, social service or humanities, so they are very good working with concepts and in analytical or reasearch work. However it very difficult to ask them to think in terms of graphic or physical representation of their solutions, which involves synthesis, required in the prototyping stage. Here we have introduced Lego to assist us in this phase!

Lego is seen as playful, easy and cool activity. Compared with drawing, which was considered uncomfortable for a big number of our participants, Lego bricks are much more easy to rely on. There is a bigger engagement and motivation in the methods after the introduction of LEGO.

Still, we are fighting that participants look for “the little lego people” to represent social concepts, as these involve people. Therefore our groups are always in the search of more legomen :). See some pictures of our work in our Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/FutureBalloons/photos_stream