A serious game to teach Set-Based Concurrent Engineering (SBCE)

About SBCE Game

The SBCE Game © is a managerial game structured in two phases.

The first leads the players toward the traditional so-called Point-Based Concurrent Engineering (PBCE). Players will be actively engaged in designing, building and testing a simplified airplane structure using Lego bricks, with the aim to satisfy a list of known customer requirements.

Then, main tools and enablers of the SBCE approach will be given to the players, such as trade off curves and limit curves. They will experience how this lean approach supports the design process in meeting simultaneously given customer requirements and known technical constraints, through the progressive elimination of weak alternatives.

Learning Objectives

Introduce the concepts of SBCE and its application to product design

Demonstrate the challenges of meeting customer and design requirements

Demonstrate the importance of common tools and Lean PD enablers used to execute SBCE principles and process

Demonstrate the performance benefits of SBCE compared to PBCE in terms of reducing time to market, reducing development cost, improving visibility, improving flexibility, improving confidence, and enhancing knowledge based design.

Who we are








Upcoming Workshops

Host:Instituto Lean Management, Spain

March 30, 2017: Workshop





9:00-13:00: SBCE Serious Game
13:00-14:00: Lunch
14:00-17:00: Application of SBCE principles to real-life examples and discussion




  • Monica Rossi; Assistant Professor at Politecnico di Milano
  • Roberto Priolo; Managing Editor, Planet Lean
  • Oriol Cuatrecasas; CEO, Istituto Lean Management Spain

Read about our recent work on Planet Lean to learn more about how SBCE supports smarter and faster product development.