The Lego® Serious Play® (LSP) methodology is a facilitated thinking, communication and problem solving technique for use with organizations, teams and individuals. It draws on extensive research from the fields of business management, organizational development, psychology and learning and uses Lego® bricks as a tool.

The effective use of the Lego® bricks within the framework of the Lego® Serious Play® methodology rests on a core process adhering to a set of seven application techniques and a number of principles, all of which have been extensively researched and fieldtested.


The Core Process

is the source code that in essence, defines that something is indeed Lego Serious Play.

It has four essential steps:

1. Posing the Question 

The challenge, which should neither have a single nor an obvious solution, is presented to the participants.

2. Construct

Through the process the participants use the Lego® bricks as tools to make sense of what they already know and connect the bricks to construct new knowledge in their minds. This is a process with low threshold and high ceiling. All participants have enough time to think before they speak.

3. Sharing

The core process is about to share unique insights and the stories of what the participants built.

4. Reflect 

Everyone’s insight on the issue is heard. To be successful, it is indispensible that the participants are comfortable with the core process. As a way of internalizing and grounding the gained new knowledge, reflection of what is heard or seen in the models is encouraged. Communication will happen in a way that minimizes the risks for misunderstanding and miscommunication.

method

There are seven LSP application techniques or process layers that allows to deepen and extend the results of the core process.

  • 1. Building individual models
  • 2. Building Shared Models
  • 3. Creating a Landscape
  • 4. Making Connections
  • 5. Building a System
  • 6. Playing Emergence and Decisions 
  • 7. Extracting Simple Guiding Principles

Each of these layers is based on mastering the the previous one(s). The higher the level of the layer the more complex problems the application technique will help you to address.

But the complexity increases not only in terms of what problem can be managed or addressed, but also of how the core process is applied, i.e. how the facilitator designs and facilitates.