Benefits of using games to teach LSS
1. Games involve your audience!
Maintaining your audience’s interest is one of the hardest things to do during training sessions. Especially when they don’t want to be there!
By involving the participants, you’ll pique their interest. You will force them to get involved in the material. They become active, rather than passive listeners. People learn by doing.
Keep those PowerPoint slides short and wake them up with a game! You will exercise their legs and their brains.
And not too many people can fall asleep standing up!
2. Games are perfect team building activities
Training sessions done at your workplace will typically involve people of different departments and management levels.
Mandate from the top: Everyone needs to know Lean!
These workshops are excellent opportunities to foster team building.
Games can be used to break the ice and get your audience to participate, but they’re also great for getting people to work together.
3. Demonstrate Lean principles in action
Demonstrating Lean concepts is one of the main reasons to use a game as a teaching tool.
Once participants have seen with their own eyes the difference between Push and Pull production, they’ll never forget it. That massive stack of half assembled Lego is a sight that will burn itself into their brains.
And when your team members go back to their desks and see the huge stack of papers, they will immediately think, WASTE!
Simulations drive home the core Lean teaching and get people thinking about their own processes.
4. Games are small and flexible
Business processes are large and complex. Providing real-world improvement solutions within the current business is difficult within a two-day training session. If it was that easy, you would have done it!
Games are small and compact. They fit into a room. They can be performed in a quiet training room environment, rather than a noisy shop floor. They don’t interrupt normal business. They are short. They are expandable.
5. Games are confidence builders
Your audience consists of many types of people. Shy, introverted thinkers mix it up with overbearing loudmouths.
By placing people in roles they are not familiar with, you can empower them. A shop floor employee can shine while directing the divisional manager, who’s struggling with the bottleneck process. When roles are switched in such a way, managers can see what it’s like to be in the trenches, while others can become confident with their new responsibilities.
This is also a good opportunity to identify problem solvers and leaders.
6. Give yourself a break!
Let’s say you’re just learning the ropes of facilitation. You’re still a little uncomfortable standing up in front of people. Here’s a little secret. . .
A well-run LSS game will make up for mediocre presentation skills!