Why do you incorporate LEGO in your CSM course?

I have been receiving a lot of questions about an intriguing aspect of my Certified Scrum Master (CSM) course, and I would love to explain it to you all.

So, what is the question?

Why do you incorporate LEGO in your CSM course?

It’s not an average question – I admit.  So, I thought I’d shed some light on the “why” behind it.

The primary reason?  Quite simply, everyone loves LEGO! 

And why wouldn’t they?  They’re colourful and engaging and spark creativity in everyone, regardless of age.  You get to physically engage with it, allowing you to bring your ideas to life.🔧

Tangible Learning

I’d even say it can be viewed as an Agile process in action, as Learning through LEGO is a powerful, hands-on experience.  The tangibility of LEGO makes it easier to grasp complex concepts.

As we manipulate the blocks and see our creations take shape, we’re better able to internalise and comprehend the abstract principles of Scrum.

Simulating the Agile Process

LEGO provides a fantastic simulation of the Agile process.  It’s quick to use, easy to learn, and, most importantly, it’s fun.   But incorporating LEGO isn’t just about fun and games.  It also serves as a great way of simulating the Agile process.

By creating a shared experience that everyone can participate in, we bypass the necessity of understanding Scrum before stepping into the room.

Instead, the instruction becomes more interactive: ‘Here’s some LEGO.  Let’s play and try things out.’ In this environment, learning happens organically and is immediately applicable.

Not Hypothetical Scenarios

One of the benefits of using LEGO is that it’s such an effective teaching tool in my CSM course in the way it allows us to move from the realm of hypothetical scenarios to tangible, real-world examples.  🌐

For example, when we discuss different versions of Scrum, I can refer back to our LEGO building exercises as concrete examples of Scrum principles.  I can pick up on a practical instance from our game and say something like, ‘Remember when you didn’t quite understand what I was asking for, and we concluded that you should probably talk to me about it?  That’s exactly like a sprint review – except less brutal.

When you take a few moments to think about your process after each LEGO activity and how you could change and adapt it, that’s akin to a retrospective.  With LEGO, we can talk about actual experiences, not theoretical ones.

So, if you’re interested in experiencing this hands-on, LEGO-based learning approach and embarking on a journey to become a Certified Scrum Master, consider signing up for my CSM course. 💡

Keep learning, keep growing, and let’s continue to build – both with LEGO and in our professional lives! 

Stay Agile! 🏁

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John McFadyen Managing Partner
John McFadyen is an Executive and Enterprise Agile Coach with proven experience working on some of the UK and Europe’s largest, most complex Agile Transformations. As a Certified Scrum Trainer, John brings a wealth of experience as an Agile coach, Agile practitioner and software developer into each of the four core courses he provides. The war stories, the insights into successful Agile transformations and everything he has learned from coaching high-performance Agile teams combine to provide course delegates with a unique, compelling training experience that transforms as much as it empowers.

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