Christiaan Verwijs

My professional journey into freeing individuals, teams and organizations from de-humanizing, ineffective ways of working and collaborating.

Scrum is intended as a simple, yet sufficient framework for complex product delivery. Scrum is not a one-size-fits-all solution, a silver bullet or a complete methodology. Instead, Scrum provides the minimal boundaries within which teams can self-organize to solve complex problems using an empirical approach. This simplicity is its greatest strength, but also the source of many misinterpretations and myths surrounding Scrum. In this series of posts we — your ‘mythbusters’ Christiaan Verwijs & Barry Overeem — will address the most common myths and misunderstandings. PS: The great visuals are by Thea Schukken. Check out the previous episodes here. Myth: Refinement is…

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…

Scrum is intended as a simple, yet sufficient framework for complex product delivery. Scrum is not a one-size-fits-all solution, a silver bullet or a complete methodology. Instead, Scrum provides the minimal boundaries within which teams can self-organize to solve a complex problem using an empirical approach. This simplicity is its greatest strength, but also the source of many misinterpretations and myths surrounding Scrum. In this series of posts we — your ‘mythbusters’ Christiaan Verwijs & Barry Overeem — will address the most common myths and misunderstandings. PS: The great visuals are by Thea Schukken. Check out the previous episodes here. Lets start…

Today marks the official founding of The Liberators. Together with Barry Overeem, I wanted to start a company that fits with both our personal missions — unleash organisational Superpowers! Some of the best organizations we’ve worked with understand that effective change is about people and not whatever fancy process or expensive coaches you throw at them. We aim to liberate individuals, teams, and organizations from de-humanizing and ineffective ways of organizing work by putting them in control of shaping their future. It is our experience that magic happens when you tap into the collective intelligence and creativity of people doing…