PM Insights - Sunnyvale 3-8: How LEGO play can change the way you work?

PM Insights Sunnyvale

How LEGO play can change the way you work?


When:   Wed 8 March 2017, 5:30pm-8:30pm
Where:  Sunnyvale Community Center - Ballroom, 550 E. Remington Drive, Sunnyvale
Last Date for On-line Registration is 3/6
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Let’s face it – most of us think that play is what you do outside of work. Work is serious right? For many of us playing with Lego at work would be unthinkable, even if it’s there’s evidence that it’s a key part of causing innovative and creative ideas to flow.

“The trick to having good ideas is not to sit around in glorious isolation and try to think big thoughts. The trick is to get more parts on the table.” ― Steven Johnson, Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation

In recent years, an increasing body of academic and popular literature has shown that being in a playful mode (engaging in playful processes and applying a playful, open mindset) can foster creativity and innovation as it emphasizes possibilities, freedom, and process versus outcome, self-consciousness, responsibility and shame.

Wow! That all sounds great. That might even make a difference with an organization or a team - but how does it happen? Well - it’s not just about playing. It’s about playing with in a specific, structured way that unlocks the creative spirit and opens us to unexpected results. And it’s FUN! Can you think of a better tool for this than LEGO?

The cool thing about Serious Play with Lego is it’s facilitated, so it gains legitimacy and fosters not only creativity and innovation but also communication and connection. transcended birth order.

In this session you’ll learn several techniques using LEGO you can try out with your teams and stakeholders to enhance or create teams, elicit empathy, foster active listening and increase participation. Seriously! Are you ready to Play? Bring your inner 8 year old and join us as we seriously play with LEGO and see what unexpected and creative solutions we discover.


About the Instructor: Catherine Simpson

Catherine-SimpsonCatherine Simpson is a scrum trainer, agile coach, and Certified Scrum Professional with a passion for transforming the world of work to be more productive, creative and fun.

Catherine combines a warm energetic style with insights learned in the trenches at companies ranging from large financial institutions to small start-ups. This enables her to effectively connect with individuals, teams and executives in order to facilitate transformation.

In her career, Catherine has worn a number of hats, including software developer, technology manager, scrum master, project and program manager, consultant, agile coach, scrum trainer and camp counselor.


Meeting Leader: Kuntal Thakore, PMP, CSM

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PDU Info:   2.0 - Category A

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Program Agenda:

5:30 PM - Sign In and Networking

6:15 PM - Featured Speaker

8:30 PM - Meeting Adjourn


Food: Complimentary snacks and non-alcoholic beverages


Online Registration

PMI Silicon Valley Members: $10

Non-Members: $20

Full-time Student: $5 (online only; contact Meeting Leader for the discount code. Please bring Student ID card to the event)


At-the-Door Registration

A limited number of registrations can be accepted at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. Once this limit has been reached, the event will be closed to additional attendees.

PMI Silicon Valley Members: $20

Non-Members: $30

(Only Check or Cash accepted; make checks payable to "PMI Silicon Valley")


Cancellation Policy

This event is a professional society meeting, held for the benefit of its members. The Plan Ahead registration fee paid is based on the registrant's ability to commit to attendance, ahead of time. The Plan Ahead registration fee will not be refunded for any reason, other than event cancellation, after normal business hours (5:00 PM, Pacific) on the registration deadline day. The PMI - Silicon Valley Chapter reserves the right to make last minute changes to program content and speakers, as circumstances dictate.

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