Monday
Sep122011

LEGO SERIOUS PLAY is a systematic process based on science

 

LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® is a facilitated process, where participants are led through a series of questions, which go deeper and deeper. Each participant builds his or her own three-dimensional LEGO model in response to the facilitator’s questions using specially selected LEGO bricks. These 3D models serve as the basis for group discussion, knowledge sharing, problem solving and decision-making. The purpose is to maximize the full potential, insight, confidence and commitment of all the people around the table.

The process is highly effective because:
1. The LEGO bricks serve as a common language that anyone can use, regardless of their education, position or culture. This ensures that everybody’s knowledge and insights are surfaced.

2. The starting point in answering the questions is ALWAYS on individual's answer - not the group's.. The structure of the process requires everyone to be actively ALL the time during the workshop. This increases the probability that all parties will honor the decisions and agreements after the meeting.

3. The process produces more concrete ideas and results, because everyone has time to build her or his answers and input before conversation and knowledge sharing begins.

4. The process ensures faster and better communication and understanding because it uses 3D visualization, metaphors and stories. This also leads to fewer misunderstandings.

5. Meetings facilitated by LEGO SERIOUS PLAY stay on topic because the focus is on the bricks – not on the person. This also allows the discussion to become very intense without creating personal conflicts.

Not all use of LEGO bricks for business is LEGO SERIOUS PLAY
For a random bystander to a LSP workshop it all you see is people playing with LEGO bricks. What you don't see is the systematic use of underlying techniques and principles driving the process and led by the facilitator. The process has a sofisticated operating system and if the facilitator doesn't know and follow this system the process doesn't deliver the benefits described above.

The underlying operating system has three parts:

1. A systematic set of group dynamic principles
2. A set of principles for the systematic use of the LEGO brick
3. The systematic use of the LEGO SERIOUS PLAY techniques, which consist of a Core Process and seven
Application Techniques.

You can find a more detailed description of the method and the underlying process in the book
"Building a Better Business Using the LEGO SERIOUS PLAY Method" by Per Kristiansen and Robert Rasmussen

The facilitator is key
Designing and facilitating with the LEGO SERIOUS PLAY Method requires mastering a SPECIFIC set of knowledge, skills and craftsmanship that only can be acquired through an intensive training.

We compare to learning how to become a pilot. No matter how many times you have been a passager you still don't know, how to fly the plane. Despite how many times you have played with LEGO bricks and done numerous other kinds of facilitation it is not enough to successfully design and facilitate with the LEGO SERIOUS PLAY Method.

 

For more about how to identify a qualified facilitator or become a facilitator