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Everytime me and Danilo presented the Lean Lego Game, the common phrase we heard from the participants was

 We want to make this process better!

so for some time we had thought it creating a similar game focused only in continuous improvement, which would allow attendees to learn about improvement principles and practices while having some fun with Lego bricks : )


This idea has turned into reality in the format of the Kaizen Lego Game, which was presented for the first time at Agile 2011 in SaltLake City, earlier this year. Unfortunately Danilo couldn’t make it, but I was lucky enough to have Pat Kua as the substitute, helping me a lot with all the work involved in it.


Keeping the same format as the original one, the idea behind this workshop was to create an immersive environment where we could introduce continuous improvement principles and practices while improving a small Lego production line. Amongst the topics we focused during the workshop were:

  •  Kaizen
  • Value Stream Mapping
  • Inventory
  • Waste
  • Standards & Improvement
  • Cycle Time
  • 5 Whys
  • Cumulative Flow Diagram (CFD)

I was quite pleased with the result for the first time we presented it. The attendance was very good and we had great positive feedback (and also suggestions for improvements, which were great!).

Want to run it yourself ?

As with the Lean Lego Game, all the material to run the workshop is available through a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial license. If you are interested, feel free to run and adapt it, as long as we get given the appropriate credit and that you don’t use it for commercial purposes. We also would appreciate receiving some feedback on how it worked out for you.

We have created a package containing all you need to try it out in your environment, including:

  •  Facilitator’s Guide: instructions on how to run the workshop
  • Print material: instructions for participants and worksheets using during the activity
  • Slides

Just get in touch via email to request it!

Kaizen Lego Game by Francisco Trindade & Danilo Sato is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial 3.0 Unported License.


Last week I’ve presented the Lean Lego Game with Fabio Pereira at Agile Australia 2011. It was the first time it was run in a conference here in Australia, and I’m pretty happy that it was very successful. There were no spots left for the workshop with one day in advance, and we had quite a few people there to observe it.

If you were one of the participants, thanks a lot for coming!

It was also the first time we’ve tried a new format for the game, giving the possibility to each team to come up with their own process in the third round. It was quite interesting to see different ways that people approached the problem and I definitely think it was an improvement from the old way we did it.

As a last point if you don’t know yet, the game is distributed under the Creative Commons Licence. Get in touch with me or Danilo if you are interested in running it.

This week I will be participating for the first time at Agile Australia. Have heard lots of good things about it, so I am quite interested in presenting and also looking around what’s being presented. Besides meeting lots of interesting people, which is a given in conferences : )

We will be presenting the Lean Lego Game, which introduces Lean concepts using a fun and entertaining activity. This game was already presented at Agile US and XP Europe, but it’s the first time we are doing it in Australia.

Since Danilo couldn’t come (Australia is still far away from everything…), this time I will be presenting with Fabio Pereira, who has kindly agreed to help me. Everything is quite exciting since we made some changes to it based on feedback we’ve got, so we’re quite keen to see how it goes!

If you are around, please come join us on Thursday morning, and hopefully you will get something out of it. If you do, don’t forget to let us know your opinions.

And in case you don’t know it already, the game is distributed under the Creative Commons license. In case you want to run it in your company or some other group, we have all the material ready to help you, and are happy to distribute it.

Next month, Me and Danilo Sato will be presenting the Lego Lean Game ate XP 2009, which will be held in Sardinia.

So, what is it?

The Lego Lean Game is an activity developed to teach people about the basic concepts of Lean thinking in a dynamic and fun way, demonstrating Lean practices in an imaginary production line to build Lego houses.


The idea came from the fact that Lean is becoming a common term in software development, but many people haven’t been introduced to the concepts that made it successful. This workshop aims at introducing this concepts to the participants, making them understand where Lean comes from, and why apply them in the software world.

Should I Come?

If you are interested in Lean, but haven’t had time to study about it, this is the perfect place for you. More experienced people are also welcome, since the hands-on activity makes you discover many aspects that might have been missed before.

If you want to have a better idea of how it is, you can check this video (sorry for the shaky camera : ) ), from the presentation we made at Agiles 2008.

Hope to see you there!


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