Lean Game

Factory simulation to teach Lean principles and improve performance


Engage participants through immersive online multiplayer games where participants perform in various roles in the production process.

Introduce and reinforce collaborative methods, such as Lean Six Sigma, for reducing waste and achieving operational excellence.

The Object of the Lean Game

The aim of the game is for players to complete individual tasks within a factory to produce units.

The overall team has to deliver finished goods to customers on time.

The teams play several rounds, adding incremental improvements to reduce waste and improve operations.

→ Play to learn key insights into lean processes, such as:


Spaghetti diagrams

Just-in-time and Kanban

Reducing batch sizes

Balancing Workload

Self-inspection (Jidoka)

Reducing change-over (SMED)

Demand levelling (Heijunka)

Mistake-proofing (Poka-Yoke)


Step 1

Setting Up a Game

Instructors have an extensive set of features and options for creating a custom Lean Game.

Customize game layout, products and customer demand.

Set multiple rounds with incremental improvements to impact performance.

Adapt and adjust scenarios depending on number of players or allow the Computer to play unfulfilled roles.



Step 2

Hosting and Gameplay

Once set up, invite participants into the “factory” and let the games begin!

Provide in-game onboarding to prepare players for each role.

Players play each role using the mouse and under time pressure.

Allow players to experience and discover production challenges on their own.


Step 3

Debriefing and Discussion

Even when the game is over, the learning is just beginning! Review automatically generated post-game analysis and statistics.

Check out data from various angles and formats, such as bar graphs, PDF, etc.

Compare the performances of different stations, teams and rounds.

Introduce key lean concepts, such as Takt Time, SMED, Kanban, Just-in-Time, etc.