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Lego: Constructing the Perfect Project


Ben Cappellacci …

Ben Cappellacci
From the 2011 UBC Student Leadership Conference
Best New Presenter Award

Published in Self Improvement
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  • How many people here had lego growing up as a kid? How many people remember parents saying how educational lego was?
  • Danish phrase leg godt, which means "play well“-OriginallyBuilt by a carpenter -Every piece is compatible with some of the existing pieces-120 designers come up with lego concepts-It takes 12 months to develop a lego model- 50 years it has produced some 400 billion Lego blocks-about 600 pieces per second-divided equally among a world population of six billion, each person would have 62 Lego bricks.-Lego could be considered the world's No. 1 tire manufacturer; the factory produces about 306 million tiny rubber tires a year.[8]
  • To me the best thing about lego is that stretches as far as your imagination
  • I didn’t think so either but growing up lego was all I could think aboutLittle did I know it was setting the foundation for a life long passion in project management
  • Project management is the discipline of planning, organizing, securing and managingresources to bring about the successful completion of specific project goals and objectives-A defined beginning and end-Unique goal or objective-Beneficial change or added value-It’s not business as usual – it’s a project
  • What are some projects you’ve worked on?
  • -Give bag of Lego to each team of 7-Note that there is no box or instructions-they have to use the lessons to develop a vision for what they want to build- don’t build anything yet!
  • -Ask elements for each point -scope and features -who will build it -estimating time etc
  • -Have each team communicate their plan to the group -what features will their model have -who will build it
  • -Each team will now have time to create the model they intended to build
  • -Have each team communicate their plan to the group -what features will their model have -who will build it
  • -One member of each team will go to another team-Sharing ideas is encouraged-sharing pieces is encouraged
  • -Have each team communicate their plan to the group -what features will their model have -who will build it


  • 1. LEGO
    Constructing the Perfect Project
  • 2.
  • 3. Let’s face it, Lego is the best
  • 4. There is no limit to creation
  • 5. Lego Maniac
    And for those of you on twitter:
  • 6. What is project management anyway?
  • 7. A Project Can Be Anything
  • 8. It’s Time!
    Let’s get building
  • 9. Establish a goal you want to accomplish
    Communicate this goal to the team
    Determine the resources you will need
    Develop A Vision
  • 10. STOP!
    Let‘s share our plan before we build
  • 11. Determine a method to achieve your goal
    Make sure your resources work
    Keep track of the time and deadlines
    Create A Process
  • 12. STOP!
    Let‘s review our constructions
  • 13. Assess how well you're achieving your goal
    Seek external resources or review
    Adapt your design to limitations
    Review Progress
  • 14. Show and Tell
    Let‘s see the results
  • 15. What you learned today
  • 16. THANK YOU
    Lego: Constructing the Perfect Project
    Ben Cappellacci | | @bencappellacci