Playing Lean Workshop-A Fun Way to Learn the Lean Startup Methodology

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Introducing a new board game to learn about the Lean Startup methodology.

This workshop teaches you (and your team) the Lean Startup methodology by competing in a fun, social and interactive board game.

Who is this workshop for?

For Startup founders who would like to learn from experienced trainers about Lean Startup methodology and how to apply it to mitigate the risk of failure and build products people want.

For Intrapreneurs, individuals who work independently within a company in order to introduce innovation and to revitalize and diversify its business.

For Professionals working on innovative ideas or developing their projects, who want to learn about Lean Startup methodology, and how to use it to boost their odds of sucess.

Lean Startup

Innovation is the life blood of any company. Or it should be, at least, in these fast moving and extremely competitive times. Too often though, organisations find themselves struggling to make their ideas succeed.

Organisations large and small are using new methods to innovate faster. And more and more are finding the Lean Startup method helps them improve the odds of success. First described in the best-selling book by Eric Ries, Lean Startup is now a movement that is tranforming how new products and services are built.

So, how do you learn about Lean Startup?

Playing Lean – A Learning Tool

Playing Lean is both a serious board game and a great workshop format. Combined, it's a great way to kickstart your learning about Lean Startup. You get to play a game, have a lot of fun and still call it work!

It is also an educational board game for change makers who wish to teach others about the Lean Startup methodology. Playing Lean uses classic game mechanics to ignite the competitive spirit.

The concept has taken inspiration from Eric Ries’ The Lean Startup, and has been developed in collaboration with Ash Maurya, the author of the best-selling book Running Lean.

Learning Outcomes

The workshop lasts for one day and participants will learn:

  • The framework of the concepts the method is based on
  • The four development levels for staging new products and services
  • What psychological pitfalls entrepreneurs need to be aware of

After the workshop, you have an overview of the method, a handle on the most important concepts and a fully described, personalised experiment to take home and try in your organisation.

If you wish to read more about how we validated the learning outcomes, we made our synopsis available.

Game Mechanisms

The game is won by the team who use their resources best. Throughout the game, you have to do your research on potential customers, develop a product by building and removing properties, and sell the product to ever larger customer groups. The winner is the first team to sell their product to the mass market. Players feel the pressure of inadequate resources, unexpected experiment results, and how small margins can be the difference between winning the mass market and losing it to a competitor.

Playing Lean Workshop

Workshop consists of four parts, each described bellow.

Part 1: Executive Summary

To kick off the workshop, we'll give you the executive summary of Lean Startup:

  • What is the Lean Startup and why it is relevant now?
  • The five principles of entrepreneurship
  • The four stages of innovation

Don't worry, we won't keep you from playing the game for too long!

Part 2: Playing Lean

In Playing Lean, four teams of up to three players battle for control of the market. Can you build a new product that the customers want, faster than your competitors?

During the game, teams will do experiments, add features to the product, build the company and win new customers. The Lean Startup approach is at the heart of the game, and every experiment will introduce new concepts and vocabulary that the game facilitator will go through.

You can prepare in advance by watching gameplay rules video.

Part 3: Retrospective

When the dust settles, we debrief. We evaluate how each team performed and the choices that were made during the game. What would you do differently?

Part 4: Experiment Design

We want to put the experience into the persective of daily relevance. Having learnt and experienced the Lean Startup, what experiments could you try out when you get back to the office?

We go through some famous examples of great experiments. Then we use the Playing Lean Experiment Template to design your own: At which stage is your project or idea? What can you do by yourself, with big budgets and difficult approval processes?

Workshop Facilitators

Bruno Pešec, Certified Playing Lean Facilitator

With master's in industrial engineering and management; background in product design and development, quality assurance, and process improvement from defence and freight wagon industries, Bruno has plenty of valuable insight to share. He is also a passionate student of traditional Japanese martial arts and proud member of Genbukan World Ninpo Bugei Federation since 2008.

Bruno will be flying in from Norway to facilitate official Playing Lean Workshops across Australia's major innovation hubs.

Steve Glaveski, Chief Innovation Consultant at Collective Campus

Steve Glaveski spent time working at both Macquarie Bank and Ernst & Young, where he consulted for numerous ASX50 and NASDAQ listed clients, before embarking upon his own entrepreneurial journey. He used lean startup principles to validate assumptions underlying his first startup, Hotdesk, which lead to a successful fundraising round, before growing the office sharing platform to almost 1,000 locations across AsiaPac.

He has since gone on to advise other early stage tech startups and is a co-founder of Collective Campus, sighting an archaic mentality of "the way things have always been done around here" as a key motivator for wanting to get into the space. Steve is also a regular innovation blogger, having written for Venture Beat, Startup Daily and Shareable in addition to independent publishing on LinkedIn. 

What else?

No prerequisite knowledge is needed.

Limited places (max. 12 per game).

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

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Collective Campus

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