“Lean Coffee is a discussion facilitation technique that helps a small group agree on topics and a structure for a discussion that otherwise has no specific agenda.”
As a team of project managers, instructional designers, trainers and leaders, we do like our big box of tools and techniques we can wield at a moment’s notice. Lean Coffee is one of our new favorites. It’s not necessarily just for Lean, and doesn’t have to involve coffee, although that would make it extra special.
Lean Coffee is a discussion facilitation technique that helps a small group agree on topics and a structure for a discussion that otherwise has no specific agenda. It requires no prep, few materials, and no special room arrangements. So, that’s pretty lean. Here’s a rundown on the method that we wrote up for the Learning DevCamp blog.
So now that you have this tool, what can you do with it? Here are a few ideas. You’ll probably have some more to add.
- Discuss among experienced peers what’s happening & where they need help
- Gather recent hires together to share experiences and open questions
- Follow up a few weeks post-training to see how things are going
- Review training feedback with learners during beta or pilot periods, letting them take the lead
Enjoy! (Ok, you can go get a cup of coffee now…)