Build Your Dreams: User Requirements Gathering with LEGO Serious Play

Let your hands be the search engine for your brain! LEGO® Serious Play® is a powerful thinking, communicating and problem solving technique that can help you and your team do serious work through structured play activities using a popular and playful 3D modeling toy. Through a facilitated process of building models that, storytelling and reflection, every person at the table is engaged and actively participating in the discussion, whether the topic is individual aspirations, team relationships, developing a new product or solving a wicked organizational problem. Everyone builds and everyone tells their story – all participants have equal opportunity to put their own points of view on the table, unlocking new perspectives and exposing the answers that are already in the room.  LEGO Serious Play has been used successfully for team-building and problem solving in a variety of organizations, from NASA to RBC to academic settings and public utilities.  

This presentation provides a hands-on introduction to LEGO Serious Play, so that you can experience firsthand how using LEGO to do real work unleashes creativity and enables meaningful conversations in a very short time. We will explore how to use this playful technique to collaboratively elicit information about user requirements and strategic design issues using the open source User Requirements with Lego methodology developed by a team at the University of Lugano, Switzerland.  This approach is particularly suited to Agile teams that want to get team members and stakeholders sharing their different perspectives on common goals in an open and light-weight manner.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

This session is a hands-on workshop:

  • Intro: What is LEGO Serious Play? How might it be used by Agile teams?
  • Getting Started: LEGO Serious Play Etiquette/Warm up builds
  • The process - how and why does this work?
  • Building challenge 1: Team members
  • Building challenge 2: Users
  • Building challenge 3: Starting a shared landscape
  • What comes next?
  • Q&A?

Learning Outcome

Participants will be exposed to a powerful technique intended to fill in the gaps in some traditional requirements gathering methods.  Using LEGO Serious Play to elicit requirements information focuses, fosters creative thinking and exposes ideas and feelings that may not emerge using more traditional methods of analysis.

Target Audience

Agile team members, Product Owners, Business Analysts, Ux Specialists

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  • Joel Tosi
    By Joel Tosi  ~  3 years ago
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    Hi Ellen,

       If I can be of any assistance to you reviewing your session, materials, etc, please do not hesitate to ask.  I believe you are pretty seasoned with the session so no harm if you are comfortable ;)  

     

    Best,

    Joel

  • Ram Srinivasan
    By Ram Srinivasan  ~  3 years ago
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    Looks interesting. I would be interested in attending this session. 

  • steve ropa
    By steve ropa  ~  3 years ago
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    Hi Ellen,
    This is a very exciting topic. Your slides are very professional and definitely inspire me to want to attend. Just a thought from a perspective of getting people to come to this workshop, and take it for what you will... The link between LSP and Agile seems somewhat intuitive, but would it be helpful to show the link a little more explicitly? Mostly I'm thinking of the fact that you list this as a beginner level workshop. Beginners might not yet be familiar enough with Agile to see why this applies so well.

    • Ellen Grove
      By Ellen Grove  ~  3 years ago
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      Good point - thank you!  I will update the proposal to make the relevance a little more upfront.

  • Raj Anantharaman
    By Raj Anantharaman  ~  3 years ago
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    Looking forward to this topic. I am always looking for better ways to elicit requirements. 


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