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LEGO Serious Play workshop

A few months back I had the opportunity to attend an introductory Lego Serious Play workshop, facilitated by one of the Australia Post UX Researchers’, Kath. It was something I had been really curious about and was excited to try - I think subconsciously I really wanted to play with some LEGO!

What is it?
The Lego website describes Lego Serious play as a: facilitated meeting, communication and problem-solving process in which participants are led through a series of questions, probing deeper and deeper into the subject.

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The process
Each participant builds his or her own 3D LEGO model in response to the facilitators questions using specially selected LEGO elements. These 3D models serve as a basis for group discussion, knowledge sharing, problem solving and decision making.

As it was only an introductory session, Kath gave us a single task: to create our ‘dream house’.

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It was super interesting to see what each team member came up with, and just how differently everyone thinks and chose to represent themselves and their ‘dream house’. Despite not knowing one another at the start of the session, I felt that the allowance for personal creativity, where there is literally no wrong answer, meant that everyone had the confidence to share their personal creations with the group. We left the workshop feeling positive and inspired, I can see this method as being a great ice-breaker or way to encourage team collaboration. And if anything, a perfect excuse to get off the regular tools and think outside the box.

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