The Plan, Do, Study, Act (PDSA) exercise using Hasbro’s Mr. Potato Head toy is a fun and effective experiential method to teach individuals and teams how to do small scale, rapid testing of change ideas and measurement to improve process.
The aim of the exercise is relatively simple: assemble the Mr. Potato Head toy as quickly as possible with all of the right pieces in place and in the right position.
In the process, teams learn to test ideas, use run charts, and collaborate for improvement. Important lessons quickly emerge about making predictions, building knowledge through testing, developing standard work, and the influence of competition.
This 60 to 90 minute exercise is great for teaching people at all organizational levels how to use PDSA testing and has been facilitated with students and professionals in education, healthcare, public safety, and business. The exercise has been conducted in countries around the word including the United States, England, Scotland, Qatar, New Zealand, and Australia.