Organizational Modeling using Legos

  • February 7, 2012 · 6:00 PM
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Note that the date is now set for February 7th, start at 6pm.

I have had some great success with Agile organization re-design, using....Legos. (Yes, the children's toy of little bricks of varying sizes and designs that plug together.) To share this "Lego tool" for organizational redesign, I have created a 59 minute Scrum exercise where each team, given a constraint of an existing organization (of a certain size of org, distribution of development teams, levels of management), and a goal is to create a new lighter-weight model of the org in 1 hour or less. What I'm wondering is there is interest in this: pending your interest we can schedule Jan or Feb. If we get at least 10 people interested we'll schedule it.

We will go from 6-8pm, with Q&A and cleanup from 8-8:15pm. We'll be presenting various company scenarios, company goals of forming cross-functional, multi-disciplined teams, and company impediments. Each table team will be able to use Lego's to model possible organizational go-forward plans. 

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  • Shawna Schnorr

    I love learning hands-on activities. Wish there had been more time for our group.

    February 11, 2012

  • Dawn Code

    Catherine is a wonderful teacher and this was a great exercise.

    February 9, 2012

  • Dan Puckett

    Good idea--I'll probably use it at some point. The example scenario didn't work for me so much.

    February 8, 2012

  • Will McKinley

    This was a fantastic workshop that really challenged my pre-conceptions of organizational models. Plus, it was a lot of fun!

    February 8, 2012

  • Galen Smith

    Great way to visualize the organization and interactions.

    February 8, 2012

  • Carolyn

    i really enjoyed meeting everyone...and i LOVED the food....i, also, really appreciated the hands on modeling - i wasn't sure it could be pulled was good hearing the varied approaches...

    February 8, 2012

  • Peter Schaefer

    informative and fun - a great combination

    February 8, 2012

  • Alex Meadows

    Good demo that can bring a lot of clarity to organizational structuring.

    February 8, 2012

  • Jose Solera

    A powerful tool. Somehow I feel I missed the explanation of how to use it. Saw a couple of videos of the results and then we jumped into the exercise. Maybe it was done at a prior meeting I didn't attend?

    Dinner was great. Thank you!

    February 8, 2012

  • Mike Beatty

    Very interesting concept -- use of Legos does make visualization quite a bit easier and enables quick, reversible reorganizations. Catherine did a great job organizing the event and keeping everyone on track. Thank you for non-pizza dinner!

    February 8, 2012

  • Shawna Schnorr

    Are you going to do a waitlist for this event?

    January 31, 2012

  • Stacey

    Thanks Catherine, looking forward to it!

    January 31, 2012

  • Catherine

    Stacey, I closed the RSVP's when we reached 36. I'm also assuming someone (or two) may not show up so please do crash the party, and let me know if you change your mind as well. /cll

    January 31, 2012

  • Stacey

    Hi! Is there a chance someone could crash the party and be welcome to stay without an rsvp? (since the rsvp list is closed)

    January 31, 2012

  • Shawna Schnorr

    This sounds interesting.

    November 29, 2011

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