The Application Techniques
Building Individual Models
This is the most simple application technique. Each participant builds their own, personal model. This is also the most critical technique, as it is the first technique used in every workshop. It is required for any of the other techniques. In order to build a shared model, or create a landscape, participants first need their own individual models.
Building Shared Models
In the shared model building technique, participants work together to create a single model, often utilizing components from their individual models. These shared models can represent a teams shared understanding of a problem, or a shared vision for a solution.
Creating a Landscape
This application technique encourages participants to place their individual models into a common space (the landscape). In landscapes, where models are placed, relative to one another, is important. Distance, for example, can represent how closely things are related.
Making connections is a great way to add context to a landscape model. For example, participants can make physical connections between various models to demonstrate how they are related.
Building a System
Systems are similar to connections, in that models are physically connected, however in a system, not only are models connected, how they are connected, is also important. If the models are tightly coupled, they may use a more ridged LEGO element in the connection. If the connection is more flexible, then a flexible element may be better for connecting these parts of the system.
Playing Emergence and Decisions
Playing emergence and decisions, involves manipulating elements in a system. Participants explore “what if” questions, and how those impact the system. If one part of the system is raised, lowered, or moved, you can observe how other parts of the system are involved.
Extracting Simple Guiding Principles
This application technique is useful in helping teams identify statements, or beliefs that are core to their team, or their process. By observing connections and systems, and by playing emergence and decisions, participants are able to identify the underlying truths that guide them through future decision making scenarios.