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”
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.
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.
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!
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:
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.
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.
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.
Those 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.
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.
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