LEGO® PROJECT DESIGN is a moderated process for thinking through new projects. It helps individuals (e.g. project managers) or entire teams to work out a suitable project approach. The special feature is that the participants do not have to have any special management expertise to apply the same.
LEGO® PROJECT DESIGN combines the creative fun of building with LEGO® bricks with sound business know-how. At the same time, it combines proven management methods with the current approaches of the "VUCA world". LEGO® PROJECT DESIGN gives complex thinking visible forms and strategic options become tangible. In other words: LEGO® PROJECT DESIGN makes contemporary project thinking tangible - it is the 3D printer for the thoughts of the people involved.
LEGO® PROJECT DESIGN is democratic, motivating and inviting. It connects people from different disciplines and promotes dialogue at eye level. The focus is on demystifying buzzwords ("agile", "new work" etc.), establishing a deeper common understanding and finding a good solution in an unbiased way. “Good” means that the solution is appropriate and is supported by everyone involved. “Good” also means that the solution describes a concrete, effective step into the future. Because we think step by step - after every LEGO® PROJECT DESIGN workshop, action should follow: consistent, valuable, measurable.
LEGO® PROJECT DESIGN is usually applied in workshops. The basic procedure consists of the following steps.
1. Model the result, which is finally handed over to the customer(s).
2. Model the starting point and all other waypoints.
3. Model all customer contact points (from project start to end).
4. Model all activities that are used to plan and prepare the result that the customer wants (THINK / PLAN).
5. Model all activities in which a (partial) result is created that is actually valuable for the customer (CREATE / BUILD).
The special thing about the procedure: The entire moderation follows the methodology of "slow thinking" (you can read more about it in our blopgpost "novel projects require slow thinking"). After the workshop, everyone involved has a visualization of the planned project - a procedural model in LEGO®. This can either be agile or traditional or - and this is usually the case - a combination of both (the figure shows a series of agile sprints).
Ideally, the core team and the most important customers take part in a LEGO® PROJECT DESIGN workshop. It is also helpful if a “project canvas” workshop has been carried out beforehand. Because then the participants already have a common basic understanding (e.g. with regard to project purpose, etc.). If this is the case, a LEGO® PROJECT DESIGN workshop does not take longer than 120 minutes.
We offer training sessions (open as well as in-house) and moderations of project workshops. Check our upcoming events and visit our service page for more information.