Brewing a better Lean Coffee Table

Brewing a better Lean Coffee Table

Brewing a better Lean Coffee Table

After two years of providing Lean Coffee for free, we’ve decided we need to take it to the next level in order to continue to meet our users’ needs and ambitions for this effective way to stimulate conversations and surface insights within organisations.

We have some great global clients as well as small ad-hoc teams and we appreciate you all, for your positive feedback and suggested enhancements.

In order to fund this development, we have decided that we need to charge something for LCT.  There will always be a free (advert supported) version of LCT. However, you will now have the option to add enhanced features to your subscription.

We have a list of new functionality that we will be adding to LCT in the weeks ahead and we want you to help us prioritise our backlog below, where you can vote for your favoured features and add any that we not have thought of yet.

Ideas for you to help us prioritise

Multiple facilitators per board

  • The facilitator can nominate someone else to facilitate the session on a specific board.

Save a session summary

  • Enables the facilitator to download a summary of a session, probably as a .pdf, that includes; all the topics discussed, who was at the session, the actions and a session overview written by the facilitator.

Export actions

De-duplicate topics in the ‘To discuss’ column

  • Enable facilitator to combine 2 or more topics into one new topic – and keep links to the predecessor topics.

Pre-prepared topics

  • Ability to create an existing list of topics that can be used to pre-populate a new session.

Duplicate a board

  • Create a new board based on an existing board

Customise to your corporate colours and logo

  • This can help LCT sit more naturally within your corporate identity. Here are some examples


Brewing a better Lean Coffee Table

Internally hosted Lean Coffee

Internally hosted Lean Coffee

We are pleased to offer you an internally hosted version of Lean Coffee Table, with more functionality and customised to your company.


This offers several advantages to your users:

Single sign-on direct access

LCT uses your company’s existing authentication process to manage access to the application. See below for technical details.

Customised look and feel. 

Using your logo and colours makes LCT more familiar and seamlessly integrated into your way of working. See examples below.

Future functionality. 

Our backlog of enhancements include:

  • Ability to add comments / actions to a topic that is in the ‘Discussing’ column.
  • Create a record of the session.
  • Including all the topics discussed, comments and actions. Together with an overall summary of the session and the attendees.
  • Multiple facilitators for a board.
  • Export of cards to JIRA, TFS or Trello
  • Session changes
  • User can change a vote to another card
  • Facilitator can change numbers of votes allowed
  • Add photos to user profiles
  • Email reminders and links to stored session records.


As a paying customer you would get to influence the scope and priority of this new functionality.


Technical considerations

An internally hosted version of LCT connects to two of the existing Xcx systems.

  1. Email: LCT will send emails to invitees through your email infrastructure.
  2. Security / single sign-on: LCT supports SAML and ‘WS Federated’ authentication so you can use the existing Xcx active directory to authenticate users.
    1. External users, who are not in your active directory, can be registered within LCT and do not need to be added to the Xcx directory
    2. Depending on your security policy we could also support other kinds of authentication e.g. Google or Facebook
  3. We are happy to consider other internal environments, like Linux.


Discuss hosting options with us – click here


Customised user interface

These are examples of the customised look of an Internally hosted Lean Coffee Table

Brewing a better Lean Coffee Table

Continually percolating

Continually percolating

Lean Coffee table was first conceptualised by Bazil Arden a couple of years ago. He had been using the format for about a year before he started having conversations with Rory Street about potentially making an app. The conversations started becoming a little more serious when we started to use Lean Coffee in our own internal meetings. With everyone being all over the country and only the usual collaboration tools to use, which we thought were lacking.

Rory started to have a think about how we could build this and then one day Rory suddenly popped up with an app, and we loved it! That was the first beta version of Lean Coffee table. We loved it so much, we wanted to share it with the community. Today we have just over 6000 users and as I type we have people logged in all over the UK and the United States. On a great day, we have people all over the world logged on.

Our little tool has pretty much remained unchanged until July this year when we decided that now was the time for a facelift and some new functionality. We are keen at Ripplerock to reward our loyal customers, get rid of some small defects and make a few of the most requested changes to enhance your enjoyment of it.

This is very exciting for us as it’s a tool we use ourselves and we can see how popular it is. The time was right to give it that extra oomph!

If you have not the chance to check out our earlier blog about the new user interface, I recommend that you do. We think its looking awesome! But we want your feedback also. Take a look.

In the meantime, here is a list of some of the changes we have been making. We will keep you posted as we release new ones.

• New – We are now a secure website
• New – Upgraded our email server
• New – The ability to move the facilitator to another person in the meeting
• Fix – Text will now fit into cards
• Fix – Clicking the logo will no longer take you to a blank page
• Fix – Improved reset password wordings
• Fix – Limit the board length
• Fix – You can now see the ‘About’ page on all screens
• Fix – Changed User name to email address on registration page
• Fix – Board can no longer to changed after you log off
• Fix – Votes are persisted when opening and closing the Brower on the same board
• Fix – The remember me function now works (yay!)

As always, we are keen for feedback and suggestions. You can contact us here with new awesome ideas.

Keep that coffee flowing!

Brewing a better Lean Coffee Table

We have exciting news!

We have exciting news!

The Lean Coffee Table is due for a make over and we want to give you a peek at what this will look like. As a team we are busy making these changes, but it’s never too late for feedback. If you think things can be improved or have new great ideas, then please get in touch with the Lean Coffee Support Team. Keep an eye out over the next couple of weeks as we roll out the new designs.

New design & functionality

The Lean Coffee Table platform has been redesigned to promote an intuitive and user-friendly driven experience

Intuitive board creation tools

When creating new boards, you’re now given significantly better facilitation tools

Modernised board layout

The new boards promote a clean feeling, allowing you to focus on your discussions, without distraction

‘End’ or ‘Extend’ voting poll

After the time is us, group members are given 5 seconds to vote on whether to ‘extend’ or ‘end’ the topic’s discussion

See who is online and offline

You can now see who’s been invited to the board and whether or not they’re online

Facilitator control panel

The Facilitator now has a dedicated panel to control the board from, with new functionality like vote resetting and Facilitator swapping