Liberating Structures

Organizations often struggle to tap into the expertise and experiences of employees. It’s often easier to hire external ‘experts’ than to build on the mountains of local knowledge that already exists. The User Experience Fishbowl is one of 33 Liberating Structures by Henri Leipmanowicz and Keith McCandless that is ideally suited for unleashing this kind of local wisdom, to identify patterns and to build on them. The User Experience Fishbowl is ideally suited for unleashing the local wisdom of groups of any size Fishbowls consist of an inside circle of people with direct experience with a challenge of interest…

Liberating Structures are 33 easy-to-use structures for interaction in groups of any size. They enhance relational coordination and trust, foster lively participation and give everyone the opportunity to work at the top of their intelligence. What’s more, you can easily create strings of Liberating Structures to achieve some greater purpose. In this post, we share some of the strings we’ve used. As The Liberators, we believe that training is only useful insofar that it can inspire and offer new perspectives. But the real work starts after a training when those valuable insights need to be applied to real-life…

Liberating Structures are 33 easy-to-apply structures for interaction in groups of any size. They enhance relational coordination and trust, foster lively participation and give everyone the opportunity to work at the top of their intelligence. What’s more, you can easily create strings of Liberating Structures to achieve some greater purpose. In this post, we share some of the strings we've used. A rapidly growing startup We recently facilitated a Retrospective at a rapidly growing startup that is facing challenges related to that growth. They need to evolve their current way of working and collaboration to allow the number of…

Wow, last week was an amazing week! A rollercoaster of experiences. Together with Barry Overeem, Coen Brouwer and Ruben Klerkx, I organized and hosted a Liberating Structures Immersion Workshop in Amsterdam. Supported by founder Keith McCandless and pioneer Fisher Qua, we explored over 20 Liberating Structures and how they replace those dreaded meetings, 1-hour presentations, and open brainstorms. In this post, we share the work that went into the workshop and how we learned a lot about Liberating Structures in the process. A primer on Liberating Structures You may have stumbled on this post without having the faintest idea about…

Liberating Structures are 33 microstructures that allow you to unleash and involve everyone in a group – from extroverted to introverted and from leaders to followers. In this series of posts, we show how Liberating Structures can be used to spice up your Scrum Events. Move away from the stickies and the whiteboards for a moment, and explore these novel facilitation techniques. If you’d like to experience Liberating Structures first-hand, make sure to join one the ‘immersion workshops’ that are taking place in March 2018. It’s all too easy to use continuous improvement as an excuse to keep adding…