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First Run Studies of "Last Planner System" and Tim Brown on "powerful relationship between creative thinking and play"

At the 2008 Serious Play conference, designer Tim Brown talks about the powerful relationship between creative thinking and play -- with many examples you can try at home (and one that maybe you shouldn't).

First run studies (as lean construction defines) are "used to redesign critical assignments, part of continuous improvement effort; and include productivity studies and review work methods by redesigning and streamlining the different functions involved. The studies commonly use video files, photos, or graphics to show the process or illustrate the work instruction. The first run of a selected craft operation should be examined in detail, bringing ideas and suggestions to explore alternative ways of doing the work."

Tim talks in this video about the importance of role play and creativity. Same concept is true for 'first run studies.' The first run of the craft operation or design done in a playful manner may create innovative solutions.

Lean community, by being more playful in each and every activity (implementation and practice of lean techniques in construction) can actually bring the change in traditional project management practices and help construction industry reduce waste and increase value on projects.


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  1. Hello Vishal,

    I like the idea very much of having a playful and secure atmosphere to share ideas. I was thinking of a hands on "sandbox" where you can use i.e. lego or plasticine to let the participants in planning meetings show what they want to do and to get a shared idea of how the work looks like (the low budged BIM 3D solution ;). That would assist to help to improve the process of first run studies and to talk about different options.

    Did someone do have experience with playfulness in construction planning scenarios or in Last Planner teams?

    I will try the "sandbox" and let you know. Looking forward to share some experiences.
    Greetings
    Tobias

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