Prabhat Verma - Do Lego and Liberating structure play vital role in the transformation journey?

What is the background situation/context for your probe?

The success of transformation depends upon the proper way of facilitation. Facilitation is important because meetings of large groups of people can be very hard to organize as well as to control when they are in progress. A facilitator can help members of a group get to know each other and learn to cooperate.

To understand new ways of working in any organisation, we need to facilitate in such a way, where everyone can not only understand this but they also collaborate and contribute their inner thoughts. Lego and Liberating structure are the best facilitation tools for this.

LEGO bricks are medium for communication; participants could express complex ideas through metaphors and storytelling. Lego is a kinaesthetic learning approach where a person/group can predict their mind map through the use of plastic bricks. Person/groups construct mental models in order to understand the world around him/her by emphasizing the value of prior learning and experiences.

Liberating Structures are a selection of 33 alternative structures for facilitating meetings and conversations, they quickly foster lively participation in groups of any size, making it possible to truly include and unleash everyone. Liberating Structures are a disruptive innovation that can replace more controlling or constraining approaches.

These are one of the best facilitation techniques which are quite prevalent in the agile transformation journey.

What is (or has been) your hypothesis?

My hypothesis involves:

  • The use of these facilitation techniques in Portfolio, program and team level helps in engaging people at organisation level.
  • It helps smooth of conduct of various agile ceremonies.
  • It will fetch the solution to any complex problem in an easy way.
  • These are one of the best facilitation techniques in which we can easily engage persons to build transparency and trust, by expressing a complex problem in an easily understandable way. It will give a tremendous amount of value in the transformation journey
What is the experiment you would like to run (or you have run) and how can this experiment validate or invalidate your hypothesis?

I have tried these in my organisation with the various level of the hierarchy, such as:

  • Facilitate to build psychological safety
  • Generate innovative ideas with portfolio level
  • Engage various department in the transformation journey through a mind mapping and easy way
  • Organising group facilitation to understand and new ways of working through Lego and Liberating structure
Is there a specific skill/technique you would like to learn/explore at this coach camp?
  • I would like to explore that if there are any other ways or usage of Lego and Liberating structure.
  • I am also keen to learn if there are any other best techniques in the market from that I can easily build transparency/trust and get the easy solution to any complex problem.
Call for Papers CLOSED
Ended on Jan 25 '20 05:29 AM IST

Interested in attending the Agile Coach Camp on Oct 11th in Bengaluru? Read on...

It's been 12 Years and almost 110 viral Agile Coach Camps since our very first coach camp experiment. This year, Coach Camp co-creator Naresh Jain along with Jutta Eckstein and John Buck will lead participants in this Coach Camp in Bangalore, organized as part of the Agile India 2020 Conference.

Coach Camp Theme

As a coach, you're often the one who needs to drive and sustain change. Yet, how do you do this? What has helped and hindered you doing so and how can you best pass your experience on to other coaches or how can you best learn from other coaches?

This is the theme for this year's coach camp. To tackle this challenge, we invite you to try something new:

  • Currently, we face the following situation: Constantly driving change is getting more and more important for companies to survive in this VUCA world. At the same time, it is (or should be) the core skill of every coach – no matter if you coach individuals, teams, or organisations. However, sometimes it seems every coach has to come up with her own experience on how to drive change successfully.
  • Our hypothesis is that for driving change, every coach uses so-called probes, that are defined by small, safe-to-fail experiments based on hypotheses derived from reflection on the current situation as well as on theory. So, probing allows discovering (based on the hypothesis) what's working and what is not through one or several experiments. This allows to make sense of both the current situation but even more important of the situation we are aiming for. And if we create a knowledge base of our collective wisdom on probes we used (or intend to use) we can learn from each other.
  • Therefore, as an experiment we want to invite this year's coach camp participants to jointly discover, share, create, improve, and finally publish probes that help(ed) driving and sustaining change. As in a typical coach camp, we will use the Open Space format to explore different topics for driving change and we invite you to use probes to focus the discussions on these different topics. We anticipate as a result that the discovered and created probes will provide a foundation for such a knowledge base.

Registering for the Coach Camp

The coach camp is free of charge (financially) yet, for registration we ask you for the following:

  • Please click on the Add Paper button and submit your position paper. In your position paper, you will be asked to share an idea for a probe, consisting of a background situation (context), a hypothesis, and an experiment. This can be a probe you've implemented before, one you've discovered/heard of others implementing it, or you intend to implement. The probe should focus on the coach camp's theme: Driving Change.
  • The discussed probes provide a basis for a free and publicly accessible knowledge base.

Final Note

Please note, we want to invite you to use probes for the discussion and recording of the Open Space sessions. This is by no means an enforcement. We are well aware that there might be situations where probes are not the right means for discussing or/and recording a particular topic - and that is of course fine. After all, using probes for this coach camp is a probe in itself (and we are open to possibly invalidate our hypothesis.)