Recently, I conducted a fun Lego Retrospective and in this article, I will share my insights.
Learn how to build a strong team by becoming a Brickmaster yourself through the use of Lego in the workplace.
The Sprint Retrospective is a crucial event in the Scrum framework, held at the end of our bi-weekly sprint. During this event, the team reflects on the sprint, identifying what worked well, what could be improved, and agreeing on concrete actions to implement in the next sprint. To keep things fresh and ensure specific questions are properly addressed, different formats are used for each Retrospective, including the recent Lego Retrospective.
Why and when?
Serious Play is a process that uses Lego bricks to help participants explore specific topics or questions in depth. In this method, the facilitator poses a question and each participant builds a model using Lego bricks. These models serve as a foundation for further discussions, problem-solving, decision-making, and knowledge exchange.
The use of Lego bricks in a work setting may seem unusual, but it is a powerful tool for facilitating retrospectives. Through building something physical, participants are able to think with their hands and take ownership of their own vision and construction. Additionally, by listening carefully to each other, a pleasant and constructive collaboration can arise. Lego Serious Play can be used in a variety of situations, such as team building, problem-solving, and decision-making.
Reflection is important for individuals and teams to grow and improve. The use of Lego Serious Play in a Retrospective is just one example, but there are many other opportunities to use it.
Lego Serious Play can be used for:
- Team building
- Developing solutions to problems
- Strategy development
- Creating a shared mindset
- Understanding different perspectives
- Facilitating effective and constructive discussions where everyone is heard
- Unleashing creative thinking
According to Lego:
|The LEGO SERIOUS PLAY methodology is based on the belief that everyone can contribute to the discussion, the decisions and the outcome.
The LEGO pieces act as a catalyst: when used to build metaphors, they trigger processes you probably weren't aware of before.
Participants in the workshops develop skills to communicate more effectively, to use their imagination better and more often and to devote themselves to their work with more confidence, involvement and insights.