Christiaan Verwijs

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

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…

Using different formats for your Sprint Retrospective is a great way to help a Scrum Team inspect their process through different lenses and perspectives. While preparing the format for an upcoming Sprint Retrospective with Scrum Master Paul Bertens, we came across the Weather Forecast Retrospective by Barry Heins. It was so much fun that we decided to share our experiences and share our (slightly modified) approach. The power of this format lies in how it uses a fun metaphor to shift focus from simply looking back, to how the team expect things will go based on how things have played…

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…

So, you see this need in the market or within our own organization. Something that people would like to do but can't, or something that you can make easier for people. You have a great solution. Work in small steps to make sure you're getting it right Let's start by making a list of all the things that are needed for this product that you know of now. Because you're just getting started, you'll learn more as you do the work. Rather than doing all the things on the list in one go, you'll do it in short steps instead.…

GameStorm is a technique for brainstorming developed by Bart Hufen from BrandNewGame. It uses gamification to identify areas for improvement and to make their impact transparent. We have adapted it for use in Sprint Retrospectives to support continuous improvement in teams. This format is excellent for a series of Sprint Retrospectives focused around a recurring challenge and makes very transparent what needs to be improved and how. Full credits for the format go to BrandNewGame - we only simplified it for use in Sprint Retrospectives. You can obtain all the official GameStorm materials (and many more gamification techniques and digital…