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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, personalized experiment to take home and try in your organisation.

A Playing Lean workshop consists of 3 parts. Main part of the workshop is the Playing Lean game.

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

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?

Who is this workshop for?

  • For Startup founders who would like to learn from experience trainers about Lean startup methodology and how to start their business in Lean Startup way.
  • For Intrepreneurs, individuals who would like to change how products are built and sold inside of the established companies.
  • For Individuals working on innovative ideas or developing their projects and want to learn about Lean Startup methodology to be able to mitigate the risk of failure.

We love a good workshop. We do open workshops and company internal workshops, both half day and full day ones. Interested in hosting one? Send us an email at


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