Last year, the dreadful 2020, although full of uncertainty, for us was a chance to bring some light to our community with quality webinars, hosting some of the best practitioners in the world to discuss innovation.

One of those practitioners is Mohamad Mahdi , a certified Playing Lean facilitator and a certified LEGO Serious Play facilitator, who strongly believes in the concept of learning by playing.

He has been holding Playing Lean workshops for years, making it an important tool in teaching innovation to hundreds of his clients. …


In this blog post, we will dive into our past Playing Lean Expert webinar with Sean Buckland in which he introduced two simple and effective ways to help you keep your eyes wide open to finding the right problem to solve: 9 Windows and Problem Explorer.

Sean’s thirty-year career includes extensive work in change as an organisational psychologist, and service business redesign as a Lean Six Sigma specialist. He set up his first business in 2007 and continues to love every minute of it. …


Pivoting and iterating is an essential part of Lean Startup. You are probably already very well acquainted with what a pivot means and what it brings.

A pivot is a change in strategy, often necessary to realise the full potential of a vision and par for the course. It’s designed to test a new fundamental hypothesis about the product, business model and engine of growth.

You pivot when you see some element of your product is getting way more traction than what you thought was your core use-case.

For a startup, a pivot is like a roommate, always there, sometimes…


In Playing Lean, teams can add new features to their products. That is not so surprising, perhaps. Players are more surprised to see that they also have the option to remove features. In fact, the most frequent question from players is this one:

Why would I ever want to remove a feature that I have already built?

That’s such a good and important question! It’s the que to a training moment, one of those golden opportunities to facilitate insight and understanding.

I’ll tell players that owning a feature is not free. If a feature does not add enough value to…


If you ever watched the hit-series Silicon Valley, you may remember one of the early episodes when the series’ main startup Pied Piper got their algorithm stolen, or as they called it — they got brain raped.

Actually, throughout the series several companies tried to steal their algorithm, and one even went to market with it before them, though they didn’t quite have the whole algorithm and didn’t quite understand the whole point behind it, which resulted in a product that wasn’t as good as the idea’s main inventor intended it to be. …


In one of our Playing Lean expert webinars we had the pleasure of having Cris Beswick as our guest speaker, an advisor to some of the world’s most successful companies, to hear his thoughts on innovation, leadership, culture and strategy. He shared some valuable insight with us which he centred around questions he often gets asked by senior teams.

In the pre-Lehman world, Peter Drucker’s quote “ Culture eats strategy for breakfast. “ probably was valid, because the world then was much more linear and predictable. …


Our goal with the Playing Lean expert webinar series is to invite the best practitioners so they can share their knowledge and wisdom on innovation, leadership and culture, and maybe inspire and help you in your professional and personal growth.

This is why the perfect guest to start off our webinar series was Katie Anderson , where she talked about people-centered leadership practices that can enable you to foster a culture of innovation and continuous learning.

But what are those practices and how do you create that safe environment for people to innovate? …


Sidecar was a US-based ride-sharing company founded in 2011 by three entrepreneurs, that later pivoted to providing mostly delivery services . Although they were early-movers and pioneers in introducing new features, their competitors beat them in the race for the ride-sharing market.

In the ride-sharing market they were always far behind Uber and Lyft, even though they were first to build and introduce new ride-hailing features that we now see as the main features. Unfortunately, their competitors adopted those features and implemented them more effectively at a larger scale.


Since experimentation is the key to learning cheap and fast, we made it a fundamental component of Playing Lean.

But how does one experiment?

One of the five principles of Lean Startup is the Build — Measure — Learn loop. In order to design an effective experiment you have to start backwards! Ask yourself — what is it that you want to learn? How can you measure that? What do you need to build in order to learn that?

Playing Lean Experiment Report is a template that guides you how to design an experiment and how to capture the learning…


Uber is a multinational ride-hailing company which was founded by two entrepreneurs, Camp and Kalanick, in 2009. Its services and mobile app were officially launched in 2011 in San Francisco, when you could only hail a black luxury car and the price was 1.5 times higher than hailing a taxi. Uber now offers many services such as peer-to-peer ridesharing, ride service hailing, food delivery and renting electric bikes and scooters. By 2019 it was estimated that Uber had over 110 million users worldwide.

Uber drivers must meet many requirements and undergo background checks, and in many cities driver’s vehicles (which…

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