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Liberating Structures workshop at Lean Agile Scotland 2018

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What would be made possible if you could unleash the intelligence and creativity of everyone? Liberating Structures are a collection of easy-to-learn facilitation patterns that make this possible. They're field tested, rooted in complexity science and freely shared under a creative commons licence.

Through this workshop, participants will gain a practical hands-on experience of several Liberating Structures, and an appreciation of some of the possibilities they offer. We will consolidate learning by alternating between practice of a structure and reflection on the experience and possible applications in participants' own contexts.

About the Speaker

David is a technologist interested in the human side of software development. He's a Lead Developer at the Government Digital Service (GDS), where he has worked on backend systems of GOV.UK and now leads the GOV.UK Pay payment platform team.

He first used Liberating Structures as a member of the GDS People Board, to facilitate listening sessions to get feedback and views from staff. He now runs the London Liberating Structures user group.

Twitter: @dgheath21 @LibStructLDN

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Liberating Structures workshop at Lean Agile Scotland 2018

  1. 1. Liberating Structures David Heath Lead Developer
 Government Digital Service
 @dgheath21
  2. 2. Liberating Structures
 Workshop
  3. 3. GDS Tech Community
  4. 4. Liberating Structures London Meetup
  5. 5. GDS Discovered Liberating Structures in 2015
  6. 6. GDS GDS tech community 

  7. 7. GDS GDS tech community People board 

  8. 8. GDS GDS tech community People board Mental health unconference session
  9. 9. Agenda
  10. 10. GDS Intro
  11. 11. GDS Intro Ecocycle
  12. 12. GDS Intro
 Ecocycle
 25/10 crowdsourcing
 

  13. 13. GDS Intro Ecocycle 25/10 crowdsourcing Troika consulting
  14. 14. GDS Intro Ecocycle 25/10 crowdsourcing Troika consulting Conclusions
  15. 15. What are Liberating Structures?
  16. 16. GDS Simple rules that include everyone in shaping the future
  17. 17. GDS " You gain from control " Calm things down to promote predictability Machine " You gain from disorder " Stir things up to promote anti-fragility & creative adaptability Complex System
  18. 18. Design
  19. 19. GDS Attributes
  20. 20. GDS Expert-less Attributes
  21. 21. GDS Expert-less Results-focused Attributes
  22. 22. GDS Expert-less Results-focused Rapid cycling Attributes
  23. 23. GDS Expert-less Results-focused Rapid cycling Seriously fun Attributes
  24. 24. GDS Expert-less Results-focused Rapid cycling Seriously fun Inclusive Attributes
  25. 25. GDS Expert-less Results-focused Rapid cycling Seriously fun Inclusive Multi-scale Attributes
  26. 26. GDS Expert-less Results-focused Rapid cycling Seriously fun Inclusive Multi-scale Self-spreading Attributes
  27. 27. GDS Expert-less Results-focused Rapid cycling Seriously fun Inclusive Multi-scale Self-spreading Modular Attributes
  28. 28. GDS Co-creators Henri Lipmanowicz Keith McCandless Who seems more serious and more playful?
  29. 29. GDS Made available through a Creative Commons Non- Commercial, Attribution, Share-and-Share Alike License
  30. 30. Let’s give it a try!
  31. 31. Ecocycle Planning Analyze the full portfolio of activities and relationships to identify obstacles and opportunities for progress 25 min
  32. 32. GDS What is made possible?
  33. 33. GDS What is made possible? Identify which things are:
  34. 34. GDS What is made possible? Identify which things are: • starving for resources
  35. 35. GDS What is made possible? Identify which things are: • starving for resources • rigid and hampering progress
  36. 36. GDS What is made possible? Identify which things are: • starving for resources • rigid and hampering progress Involve everyone
  37. 37. GDS What is made possible? Identify which things are: • starving for resources • rigid and hampering progress Involve everyone See the forest and the trees
  38. 38. GDS Liberating Structures: Ecocycle Planning Co-developed by Keith McCandless + Henri Lipmanowicz (www.liberatingstructures.com) Creative Commons License
  39. 39. GDS Liberating Structures: Ecocycle Planning Co-developed by Keith McCandless + Henri Lipmanowicz (www.liberatingstructures.com) Creative Commons License
  40. 40. GDS Liberating Structures: Ecocycle Planning Co-developed by Keith McCandless + Henri Lipmanowicz (www.liberatingstructures.com) Creative Commons License
  41. 41. GDS Liberating Structures: Ecocycle Planning Co-developed by Keith McCandless + Henri Lipmanowicz (www.liberatingstructures.com) Creative Commons License
  42. 42. GDS Liberating Structures: Ecocycle Planning Co-developed by Keith McCandless + Henri Lipmanowicz (www.liberatingstructures.com) Creative Commons License
  43. 43. GDS Liberating Structures: Ecocycle Planning Co-developed by Keith McCandless + Henri Lipmanowicz (www.liberatingstructures.com) Creative Commons License
  44. 44. GDS Sequence of steps 1. Individually, make a list [5 mins] 2. Plot on the ecocycle [3 mins] 3. Share in pairs [5 mins] 4. Playback [5 mins]
  45. 45. GDS Make your list! [5m] Pick ONE area, for example: Activities - how do you spend your time? Products or services offered by your company Relationships - warning.. can be spicey! Tools - build, CI, libraries, technologies Processes - agile ceremonies, governance Write down 5-10 things
  46. 46. GDS Now plot on the ecocycle [3m]
  47. 47. GDS Get into pairs [5m] take it in turns to review your ecocycle • what patterns did you notice? • anything in the poverty or rigidity trap? • any actions you might want to take?
  48. 48. Playback and reflections [5m]
  49. 49. Real world examples
  50. 50. GDS Tech community
  51. 51. 1 hour session
  52. 52. GDS Nasa’s innovation portfolio
  53. 53. GDS Business school
  54. 54. 25/10 Crowd Sourcing Rapidly generate and sift a group’s most powerful actionable ideas 25/10 25 min
  55. 55. GDS Sequence of steps 1. given a challenge 2. everyone thinks of one bold idea and first step 3. write down the idea and first step on a card 4. five rounds of shuffling and scoring all the cards 5. take forward the top scoring ideas
  56. 56. Volunteer needed!
  57. 57. GDS What is your bold idea to address this challenge?
  58. 58. GDS What if you were ten times bolder?
  59. 59. bold idea GDS Write clearly! first step Write:
  60. 60. GDS Now we’re going to shuffle the cards and score them from 1-5 1 = uninspiring 3 = reasonable 5 = this is so good I would personally invest my energy to make it happen
  61. 61. GDS Write the score on the back of the card Decide your score before looking!
  62. 62. Shuffle time!
  63. 63. GDS Add up your scores Write on the front
  64. 64. Top scoring ideas
  65. 65. Example uses
  66. 66. Troika consulting Get practical and imaginative help from colleagues immediately 25 min
  67. 67. GDS In turn each person plays the client while the others two act as consultants. Three times: 1. Client explains problem [1 min] 2. Clarifying questions [2 mins] 3. Client turns their back around and listens whilst the consultants discuss problem [4 mins] 4. Client turns around and debriefs [1 min]
  68. 68. Get into groups of three
  69. 69. What is your challenge? What would you like help with? Write it down! GDS 1 min
  70. 70. Round 1
  71. 71. 1. Explain your challenge [1m] 2. Clarifying questions [1m] 3. Consultation [4m] • Client turns their back and LISTENS (no talking) • Consultants discuss with each other 4. Debrief [1m] • Turn back again, share reflections GDS
  72. 72. Round 2
  73. 73. 1. Explain your challenge [1m] 2. Clarifying questions [1m] 3. Consultation [4m] • Client turns their back and LISTENS (no talking) • Consultants discuss with each other 4. Debrief [1m] • Turn back again, share reflections GDS
  74. 74. Round 3
  75. 75. 1. Explain your challenge [1m] 2. Clarifying questions [1m] 3. Consultation [4m] • Client turns their back and LISTENS (no talking) • Consultants discuss with each other 4. Debrief [1m] • Turn back again, share reflections GDS
  76. 76. Debrief
  77. 77. GDS Why? ● Refine skills in asking for help ● Learn to formulate problems and challenges clearly ● Refine listening and consulting skills ● Build trust within a group through mutual support
  78. 78. Conclusions
  79. 79. GDS www.LiberatingStructures.com
  80. 80. GDS Apps available for both iOS and Android
  81. 81. http://bit.ly/lsldnnov18 Thu 29 - Fri 30 Nov Discount code LASCOT
  82. 82. GDS References • www.liberatingstructures.com • The Surprising Power of Liberating Structures, Keith McCandless, Henri Lipmanowicz, 2014 • Edgeware: Insights From Complexity Science For Health Care Leaders, Brenda Zimmerman, 2008 • @LibStructLdn • Immersion Workshop London 29-30 Nov — http://bit.ly/lsldnnov18
  83. 83. GDS We’re hiring! https://jobs.jobvite.com/gds • Delivery management • Software engineering • Technical architecture • Operations engineers • Product management
  84. 84. Thank you! David Heath
 @dgheath21 @LibStructLDN www.LiberatingStructures.com www.liberatingstructures.com The Surprising Power of Liberating Structures, Keith McCandless, Henri Lipmanowicz, 2014 Edgeware: Insights From Complexity Science For Health Care Leaders, Brenda Zimmerman, 2008 Immersion Workshop London 29-30 Nov — http://bit.ly/lsldnnov18

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