Liberating Structures... 36 tried and true facilitation techniques to amp up your org's collaboration

schedule Mar 19th 02:45 PM - 03:30 PM place Neptune people 1 Interested

The communication tools of Liberating Structures will teach you how to facilitate the discussions your org needs. I am going to demonstrate how to use these techniques in the workshop. And all the attendees are going to be fully immersed and ready to wield their new knowledge the very next day at work.

Come learn how to help your team(s), org(s), and company(ies)!!!

For more information, watch my video at http://youtu.be/UNOjqMUv8h0

A version of this workshop that was presented at Agile Tour Sydney 2016 is at http://bit.ly/2f4Bie8

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

This session has been designed to be 99% practical application and 1% presentation slide deck.

Audience: Facilitators, Trainers, Scrum Masters, Agile Coaches.

Materials needed: The workshop will require 1 pad of sticky notes and 1 Sharpie per attendee. The facilitator will require an audible cue tool, such as a Tibetan singing bowl or Tibetan gongs, to be provided by facilitator.

Overview of the first Liberating Structure, 1-2-4-All, also includes instructions. This exercise is divided into 4 micro-timeboxes totaling 15 minutes or less.

Overview of the second Liberating Structure, 15% Solutions, also includes instructions. This exercise is divided into 3 micro-timeboxes totaling 10 minutes or less.

Overview of the third Liberating Structure, Troika Consulting, also includes instructions. This exercise is divided into 4 micro-timeboxes totaling 15 minutes or less.

The next structure can be added or deleted as needed depending on how we are filling our timebox.

Overview of the fourth Liberating Structure, TRIZ, also includes instructions. This exercise is divided into 3 micro-timeboxes totaling 20 minutes or less.

Concluded with summarization of Liberating Structures and pointers to references, including user groups, training, web sites, and the definitive book. The session is intended for a 90 minute timeframe but can be expanded or contracted as needed by adding or removing Liberating Structures.

An attendee will be able to immediately apply multiple Liberating Structures that they have practiced.

Learning Outcome

Attendees will be introduced to Liberating Structures as a set of protocols for communication and collaboration. The purpose and intent of the protocols will be discussed and described. Attendees will actually participate in a variety of Liberating Structure exercises, enabling the techniques to be applied immediately. To summarize the session a set of online resources will be provided to the attendees so they can research further at their leisure.

Target Audience

Facilitators, Trainers, Scrum Masters, Agile Coaches

Prerequisite

None

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  • Tathagat Varma
    By Tathagat Varma  ~  1 month ago
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    I love anything with no-deck proposal :). It sounds interesting.

    One question on logistics: assuming there are 50-70+ attendees in a room (or more), how do you plan to engage them all? Also, you might have probably included, but it would be good keep some time for a debrief / wrap-up as a feedback from the participants.

    • Alex Sloley
      By Alex Sloley  ~  1 week ago
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      Well, it definitely does have a deck! There are approx. 15 slides, with 3 of them being the significant slides. It’s _minimal_ deck. :-)

      So far, I’ve personally done LS and this workshop in groups around 300. Engaging people is not usually the issue. Getting agilists talking at an agile conference is actually pretty easy. It’s getting them to _stop_ talking so they can proceed thru the workshop in a timely manner that can be challenging. I use auditory timebox tools, like Tibetan gongs, and sometimes the “hands up” technique to guide the participants thru the timeboxes.

      At the end of each Liberating Structure we have built-in open “report out” and Q n A, so that means we have debriefing throughout the workshop. That works pretty good.

      Thanks for the questions and feedback!

      Alex


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