I am an Agile Coach, consultant, trainer, international speaker, integral and complexity thinker, Liberating Structures user, and professional Zombie Scrum fighter for the beautiful company Holisticon.
I personally believe that we need a fundamentally new way of working together. One that does not conflate complexity, one that does not stifle motivation and joy, one that yields astonishing results. A way of working that engages our heads and our hearts and helps us relate in a completely different way. We’re facing global issues of unprecedented complexity and not only the things we build have much more significance but also the way we build them.
Agile and Liberating Structures can make a huge impact on our way there. I’d like to play a part in that change by helping individuals and organizations make a leap of understanding, try out new habits, and get the results they’re looking for.
I am available for your company as part of a coaching engagement, a workshop, or a training. Just let me know what you need by sending me a message.
Things I’m working on
⇨ Zombie Scrum
Christiaan Verwijs and I have spent countless hours investigating a phenomenon we like to call Zombie Scrum: lifeless systems force poor Development Team members to shut their brains off and stumble around aimlessly. Their Scrum implementation lacks the beating heart of frequent delivery of software. They are strangely anaemic, devoid of Scrum’s lifeblood customer value. Instead of “Braaaaains!” they groan “Chaaaaange!”
It is an epidemic that has spread far too wide. It’s time to fight back! Together with Barry Overeem Christiaan and I started the Zombie Scrum Resistance Movement. The website and its blog help us recruit others in the fight against Zombie Scrum. We have ambitious plans for this, so watch out for future development.
⇨ Integral Agile
Integral Agile is a conceptual framework partly based on Integral Theory. It is a meta lens that can be used to look at pretty much anything in the Agile space. It is especially useful as an assessment tool and a way of making sure all relevant perspectives are seen and honored. Approaches like psychology, the scientific method, Authentic Relating, complexity theory and many others can easily be included and brought into coherence.
Integral Agile is a meta framework that can help us change the way we think, feel, act, and relate. We are currently engaging the community to re-invent the way we present and use it. Let me know if you’d like to be involved!
⇨ Liberating Structures
Liberating Structures introduce tiny shifts in the protocols of how we meet, plan, decide and relate to each other. LS make it possible for everybody: to have a voice; to have freedom & responsibility to act; and, to take into account other voices, mutually shaping next steps together.
Unwittingly, the conventional structures used to organize how people routinely work together stifle inclusion, engagement, and risk-taking while boosting resistance to change. Conventional structures are either too inhibiting (presentations, status reports and managed discussions) or too loose and disorganized (open discussions and brainstorms) to creatively engage people in shaping their own future. They frequently generate feelings of frustration and/or exclusion and fail to provide space for risk-taking or good ideas to emerge and germinate. This means that huge amounts of time and money are spent working the wrong way. More time and money are then spent trying to fix the unintended consequences.
Liberating Structures offer an alternative way to approach and design how people work together. A menu of thirty-three Liberating Structures can replace or complement conventional practices. This approach is both practical and feasible because Liberating Structures are quite simple and easy to learn. They can be used by everyone at every level, from the executive suite to the grassroots. No lengthy training courses or special talents are required. Mastery is simply a matter of practice. LS routinely unleash a vast reserve of contributions and latent innovations waiting to be discovered.
I have used Liberating Structures extensively, both in dedicated workshops and as part of Agile Coaching. My aim is to help spread these wonderful tools. My friends at Holisticon and I have started translating Liberating Structures (to be found on the German website). We are also building a community in Germany by organizing Immersion workshops and user groups. And there’s still a lot more to come.
I have been lucky enough to work closely with both founders Henri Lipmanowicz and Keith McCandless. They have taught me incredibly valuable things that I would like to share with the rest of the world.
August 18th, 2018 at Konferenz für eine bessere Welt, Hamburg – “Liberating Structures – Vom Sinn zur Tat”
July 5th, 2018 at Scrum Day Europe, Amsterdam – “Transforming Agile Strategy”
April 16th, 2018 at Global Scrum Gathering, Minneapolis – “How to Survive the Zombie Scrum Apocalypse”
December 1st, 2017 at xp Days Benelux, Brussels – “An Integral View on Agile” together with Frederik Vannieuwenhuyse
November 30th, 2017 at xp Days Benelux, Brussels – “Surviving Zombie Scrum” together with Barry Overeem
July 6th, 2017 at Scrum Day Europe, Amsterdam – “Taking Scrum from Good to Great with Liberating Structures” together with Christiaan Verwijs
November 17th, 2016 at Manage Agile, Berlin – “Retrospektiven für alle!” together with Erik Hogrefe
October 17th, 2016 at Global Scrum Gathering Munich – “Liberating Structures: Unleash the Power of the Whole Business Through Radical Self-Organization” together with Sylvia Taylor
July 7th, 2016 at Scrum Day Europe, Amsterdam – “How Do We Survive the Zombie Scrum Apocalypse?” together with Christiaan Verwijs
April 19th, 2016 at Global Scrum Gathering Orlando – “Forging the Team Space – Agile Facilitation on Fire” together with Greg Myers
December 3rd, 2015 at oose.Campus, Hamburg – “Reinventing Tribal Dynamics”