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Playing Lean in Tel Aviv

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Lean Startup

Innovation is the lifeblood 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 transforming how new products and services are built.

So, how do you learn about Lean Startup?

Playing Lean

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!

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.

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.

Playing Lean creates experiential learning, the kind you do not forget easily!

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 perspective 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

The workshop's facilitators will be Tore Rasmussen co-developer of the Playing Lean board game and Yoel Ben-Avraham, Israeli-based "Lean" evangelist, workshop facilitator and consultant.

What else?

• No prerequisite knowledge is needed.

• By signing up for this workshop you also sign up for the Playing Lean newsletter.


The workshop presentations and closing summary will be given by Tore Rasmussen in English.

For the"Playing Lean" session, participants will break into two groups:

• A group of twelve facilitated by Tore Rasmussen in English;

• The second group of twelve facilitated by Yoel Ben-Avraham in Hebrew.


A nominal fee to help cover the cost of refreshments for the evening. Cold drinks, cookies and ordered-in pizza. Your contributions will be collected at the door.

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