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    Our company is new to CI and we are holding a communications evening which is the perfect chance to sell it to them, I would like to use a simple lean game does anyone have any ideas? Or anything else that could be used on this evening to show the employees what lean is? But in a simple way.

    Our biggest challenge which I’m sure is the same with the majority of companies at the start of this journey is changing the culture. Does anyone have any ideas on this?

    Thank you in advance.



    Andrew Parr

    The Lego game showing single piece flow is one that usually mazes people because it is counter-intuitive and they will start by believing batching is best and be amazed when you disprove it. I’m sure you can google it but you will need some lego!

    Otherwise, “The Big Book of Six Sigma Training Games” has some fun ones in the 50 it demonstrates. That may help if you can get a copy off Ebay or one of the online booksellers in time.


    Michael Cyger

    Hi Nicole,

    gave a great simulation example to check out.

    Here are a couple of past iSixSigma discussion threads you might want to read:

    Lean Simulation:

    Six Sigma Games:

    Another Six Sigma Games:

    MoreSteam offers a paid-game that comes packaged and ready for use (“SigmaBrew® DMAIC is an online project game for classroom training. The multi-player simulation provides deployments and Blended Learning training programs with a rich project experience, where students practice process improvement tools and techniques in a safe, constructive environment.”), but it’s not Lean only:

    Finally, when I was at GE in the 1990s we did a GE Capital Courier simulation that was fantastic, but — again — it might be more than you want (“The Courier Simulation is a one-day group experiential learning exercise that comes as close as you can get to a real life Business Transformation, Lean, Lean Six Sigma or Agile Enterprise experience. It’s fun, hands-on, fast-paced, and is consistently rated by participants as one of their most valuable training experiences. Developed first for General Electric, the simulation has been enthusiastically received by the world’s largest corporations.”). Rath & Strong offers that product nowadays:

    Hope these thread provide ideas and/or support in your CI evening of fun!




    The LEGO exercise is a great way to look at lean. It can be made simple to detailed depending on how far you want to go with the exercise. I’d make sure that you have other experienced lean practitioners there to answer questions and be well prepared. A lot of people hear lean and get scared. Change can be hard, so make sure you bribe them a little with food and drink. Lean really is the only way to do business. I hope you success in your lean journey.

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