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Running a Lean Coffee


- Everyone create a name tag with a sticky notes.
- Create a Kanban board on the table with 4 columns: To Do, Doing, Done, Insights.


- Everyone quietly write topics on stickies (3-5 words) and place them on the table. (3-5 minutes).
- Briefly introduce yourselves. (1-3 sentences per person).
- Briefly describes your topics, so the group can move on to dot voting. Combine duplicate topics (with permission). (15-30 seconds per topic).
- Dot vote: Everybody has 2 votes and can mark the stickies with a dot to vote. You can use both votes on one sticky or vote on 2 separate ones.
- Stack rank the topics in the backlog (To Do column) based on the order of most popular topics.


- Talk: Start a timer for 8 minutes and begin the first topic (place topic into the Doing column).
- Vote: When the timer goes off, Roman vote to decide whether to continue with the topic:

  • Thumb up - keep talking.
  • Thumb down - move on.
  • Thumb sideways - don't care.
  • If the majority wants to continue, start the timer for 4 minutes and continue.
  • When the timer goes off, vote again. If up-voted, continue for 2 minutes.
  • Repeat until topic is exhausted (then place topic into Done column).
  • Throughout discussions, participants jot down their personal "ahas" on stickies and place them under Insights.
- Repeat: Move onto the next topic.

Wrap up:

- Quick round robin of favorite Insights (taking a pass is an option too).

Table of Contents

Page title Most recent update Last edited by
Code of Conduct October 19, 2017, 4:59 PM Jonathan H.
Podcasts December 3, 2016, 5:45 PM Jonathan H.
Running a Lean Coffee April 30, 2020, 4:03 PM Jonathan H.
Kanban Resources February 9, 2016, 8:41 PM Jocko S.
About NYC Lean/Kanban December 15, 2017, 11:57 AM Jonathan H.

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