Serious gaming for digital growth. Reducing waste through the Lean mindset


  • Maria Antonietta Esposito University of Florence (Italy)
  • Filippo Bosi Toscana Aeroporti SpA (Italy)
  • Caterina Ferraro University of Florence (Italy)



project management, BIM, serious games, Lean mindset, gamification


The Italian context’s push towards BIM should be considered an opportunity to implement a digital transition towards the use of IT tools, through a culturally innovative approach to construction provided by Lean thinking and its gamification. The Lean approach leverages proven strategies to increase the quality of the production process. However, its application is still difficult: hence the need to convey effective proposals that use the structure of games to present actual ‘simulations’ of the production process. This paper aims to highlight how the gamified application of Lean processes constitutes a transformative formula enabling digitalisation, to achieve sustainability goals in the AECO Industry through original training approaches.


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Author Biographies

Maria Antonietta Esposito, University of Florence (Italy)

Architect and PhD, she is a Full Professor acting as Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture. Recipient of the PUT Gold Medal (Poznan University of Technology) 2019 for technological research and of the Canada-Italy Award for Innovation 2019, her research mainly focuses on project management and technologies for the Green terminal, IPD (Integrated Product Delivery), BIM methodologies.

Filippo Bosi, Toscana Aeroporti SpA (Italy)

PhD, is an Architect at Toscana Aeroporti SpA (Italy) and Toscana Aeroporti Engineering as an expert in Airport Terminal Design. His research activities are primarily focused on Project Management and the integration of Lean Management and Lean Design methodologies in project processes.

Caterina Ferraro, University of Florence (Italy)

Architect, she is a PhD Candidate holding a PON industrial grant in Sustainability and Innovation for the Design of Built Environment and System Product at the Department of Architecture. She carries out research activities mainly in the field of physical and digital architectural solutions through computerised BIM systems combined with the use of Lean strategies.


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How to Cite

Esposito, M. A., Bosi, F. and Ferraro, C. (2022) “Serious gaming for digital growth. Reducing waste through the Lean mindset”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 12(online), pp. 86–93. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/1282022.

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