LS – Drawing Together

What is meant by it?

Drawing together is an agile way of expressing your thoughts, feelings, and patterns, which are otherwise difficult to convey through words. So, if you are tired and your brain is full that you can’t indulge yourself in logical thinking, then you can use this new technique of storytelling. Draw 5 symbols that have a universal meaning to let the individual or the group know what you are trying to tell them.

How is it done?

Firstly, you will have to gather participants who are willing to tell a story using five symbols about any challenge they had faced. An open will be required for this liberating structure on which the participants can paste their papers with symbols drawn on them. Water-based markers will also be needed to draw the symbols on the paper. Every participant will get the chance to tell their story through five symbols. You can begin drawing together by first letting the participants know about the meaning of each symbol within 5 minutes. Another five minutes will be given to the participants to practice drawing the symbols. They will create their first draft of the story within 10 minutes. Another 10 minutes will be given to creating the second draft of the story by adding some details to it. Then, another individual will be invited to tell what they had interpreted from the drawing. After this, the whole group will be asked to explain what they understand from the drawings.

What is its purpose?

Drawing together will help in understanding vision on a deeper level. It will teach you to think with an open mind and understand things without words beings used. It will also help in creating a connection among the group members.

 

What are its Tips and Traps?

It is not essential that you must have refined drawing skills; only the meaning of your story should be conveyed. You should also record the participants using a camera while they are drawing. You should be prepared to hear some emotional responses.

Examples – Where can it be used?

Drawing together can be used in the following circumstances:

  • During long meetings to explain your point.
  • When people are having significant differences in perspectives.
  • To learn new techniques of storytelling.

— Slimane Zouggari

LS – Social Network Webbing

What is meant by it?

Social network webbing can be used to help a group discover their hidden resources that could help them on their project. It can assist in finding out that who has a connection with those people and how they can build a strong network with them in the future.

How is it done?

You can begin Social network webbing by asking people of a working group what project they are working on, with which people they are working and whom they would like to include in the future. There should be an open wall where you can attach the post-it notes that will be given to the participants along with a black tip pen. Every member of the group will get an equal chance to contribute. The 1-2-4-all procedure would be followed to come up with the names of the people the group would like to work with on the project in the future.

What is its purpose?

It will help in spreading knowledge among people and in making them see different connections with other people. It will also develop a sense of leadership among the participants. They will also learn how to do big things without a high budget through social networks.

What are its Tips and Traps?

Make sure to ask all the participants to think big when they dream about who they would like to include in their life in the future. However, they should not contain more than ten people otherwise it will get confusing for them. The participants should write down the names of those people instead of their respective titles.

Examples – Where can it be used?

Social network webbing is an agile liberating structure that can be used in the following circumstances:

  • To prevent the spreading of infections by a hospital team.
  • When coaches spread the skills and knowledge among people working under them.
  • When provincial government leaders inform other members of the government and the general public about their policy.
  • To expand the usage of new

— Slimane Zouggari

LS – Celebrity Interview

What is meant by it?

Celebrity interview is a platform which helps the audience and an expert to connect by asking and answering specific questions. The interview is well-designed, and the questions that will be asked from the celebrity will be strong. Most of the questions would require the celebrity to tell a story to the audience. The participants should be creative when coming up with fun and interesting questions for the celebrity.

How is it done?

The celebrity and interviewer must be in the front, and the audience should be able to hear them. The interviewer and the audience will have cards where they would write down their questions. The interview will begin with the interviewer introducing the celebrity and the topic they will be discussing. Then, the audience will let the interviewer know what kinds of questions they would like the celebrity to answer. After this, the interviewer will ask the questions which are common, and the celebrity will answer them. Once all the questions have been answered, the interviewer will thank the celebrity for coming and end the interview.

What is its purpose?

Celebrity interview is a liberating structure that will help in creating a bond between the celebrity and the audience. It will shed light on such a topic related to the celebrity which nobody knew before.

What are its Tips and Traps?

You can start the interview with questions such as what inspired you to get into this field or what challenges did you face when you got into this work or what keeps you going every day. It is always a good idea to give these questions to the celebrities beforehand so they can prepare their answers. The questions should be in such a way that their answers would demand story telling.

Example – Where can it be used?

Celebrity interview can be used in an agile way in the following circumstances:

  • For leaders to introduce their initiative.
  • For welcoming a new leader.
  • To expand the contributions made by a professional.

— Slimane Zouggari

LS – 25/10 Crowd Sourcing

What is meant by it?

25/10 Crowd Sourcing is a liberating structure that can a big crowd come up with great ideas within a matter of 30 minutes or even less. It helps in spreading innovations by making people notice the patterns in a fun way.

How is it done?

An open space without chairs and tables is required for 25/10 Crowd Sourcing as participants will be standing. Only One index card will be given to every participant. You can begin this organizational structure by asking the participants what big idea they would recommend if the participants were ten times bolder than they are as of now. Each participant will write down their view on their index card and start passing around their cards. Then, they would score the card of the other participant. The ideas with the top 3 scores would be shared among the whole group.

What is its purpose?

The agile liberating structure can be used for encouraging people to think boldly and to generate ideas that can help everyone to achieve a specific goal or solve a challenge.

What is its Tips and Traps?

Make sure that everyone is in a fun and comfortable environment. The scoring scale should be described to the participants clearly. The participants should revise their idea before writing it down so that it comes up more compellingly. Make sure to ask feedback from the group. In the end, you can post all the index cards on a wall with the card with the highest score on the top of all the other cards.

Examples – Where can it be used?

You can use 25/10 Crowd Sourcing in the following circumstances:

  • For generating new ideas that can help the community.
  • For coming with bold ideas during a conference.
  • During an important meeting.

— Slimane Zouggari

LS – Improve Prototyping

What is meant by it?

Improve prototyping is a kind of liberating structure that helps a group of people in learning and improving by the knowledge shared to them by other participants through performance. It will automatically lead them in generating new ideas that will help them in the future to solve several daunting problems. You can get a significant amount of work done playfully through Improve Prototyping.

How is it done?

Open space is required to conduct Improve Prototyping, and you will also need several props for different scenes. Chairs will also be given to the participants to sit. There will be groups of players and observers. You can begin this by explaining the sequence of Improve Prototyping to everyone in 2 minutes. Three minutes will be given to set the stage and describe the scene and roles. The observer group will put together the pieces and explain what they understood within 5 minutes.

What is its purpose?

Improve prototyping is such a liberating structure that will help people to start thinking in a new way and to break a challenge into smaller pieces so that it becomes easy to solve it. It will also enable people to learn from each other.

What are its Tips and Traps?

Make sure to invite people from different fields. Use dramatic lines to engage people so that they can generate new ideas. Try your best to make people leave their old assumptions and start thinking in an unbiased way.

Examples – Where can it be used?

This agile project management technique can be used in the following circumstances:

  • Training for general courses in hospitals.
  • For people working in the sales department to interact with their customers differently.
  • To train young nurses.
  • To train teachers how to control a classroom with disruptive behavior.

— Slimane Zouggari

LS – DAD

What is meant by it?

DAD will make it easy for the individuals to be able to find better solutions to complex problems by discovering different practices. It will also stimulate each participant’s creativity that will help in solving the problem.

How is it done?

You can begin this organizational structure by inviting people to join the group who would want to solve a complex problem. You will then be asking them seven questions related to how they would solve the problem. This meeting will take place in a local place and the groups can either be standing or sitting. Each participant will be given a paper and flipchart. The facilitator shall state the purpose of this meeting for 5 minutes and then will begin DAD by asking the seven questions which will be answered by the participants. Everyone can note down the ideas and insights.

What are its purposes?

It will help people to find solutions for difficult problems and inspire people to engage in solving complex problems. You would also learn how to work with people and build a relationship with them when trying to solve a problem.

What are its Tips and Traps?

For this liberating structure, your question 2 would be dealing with how a particular problem affects one person individually and how it affects other people as well. You should also try to make impromptu invitations for people to participate in the DADs. Make sure that people are in a comfortable environment. Encourage the participants to speak and share their stories so that they can come up with a solution. Don’t use statements such as “this is a good idea” and let the participants assess themselves; however, don’t let them judge themselves too harshly.

Examples – Where can it be used?

DAD is a liberating structure which can be used for several project management programs such:

  • To help the public in solving a severe issue together.
  • To reduce the harm done to patients because of wrong surgeries, medications, etc.
  • To help in building professional competency.
  • To find the solution to a tough challenge.

— Slimane Zouggari

LS – Shift & Share

What is meant by it?

Shift & Share helps different innovators in letting the public know about their useful ideas and programs that they had not been able to tell before. So, when each presenter is given 10 minutes to tell about their innovations, people will be able to learn quickly from them and even adapt what they had learned in their own lives.

How is it done?

Firstly, you will have to make sure that the participants meet different innovators who will share their stories with them. Ample space should be available where they can set up 5-8 stations. A few members would be included in the presenter’s group, whereas the people in the small groups can equally participate. Each presenter will be sitting at his or her station, while the whole group would be divided into the number of presenters available. Each small group will go to each presenter’s station for 10 minutes where they shall ask questions from the presenters.

What is its purpose?

Shift and share can be used for sharing your ideas and innovations with other people to build trust among each other. It also helps to enable people to realize that they have the potential to do something productive.

What are its Tips and Traps?

The tips and traps of this agile project management technique include picking presenters after looking into their social accounts. You should also make sure that the schedule is strictly followed and the presenters should be fully prepared. The presenters should be able to tell their story in an engaging way which will help the audience in understanding that a small example can bring a significant change. They should also use different patterns and objects during their storytelling segment.

Examples – Where can it be used?

Shift and share is an amazing organizational structure, which can be used in the following circumstances:

  • During conferences when you introduce different technology applications to everyone.
  • For letting the new members of a research group know more about how to be innovative.

— Slimane Zouggari

LS – 15% Solutions

What is meant by it?

Regardless of how small your contribution is, it matters. So, 15% solutions will show that you don’t have to sit and do nothing with the fear of not producing a vast amount of output. Whatever small you create will help in contributing to solving a big problem.

How is it done?

You will start this organizational structure by asking each participant about their respective 15 percent contribution in making something big and what can they do without any resources. There can be an unlimited number of groups. No tables will be required. Therefore only chairs will be given to people to sit in a group of 2 or 4 members where everyone will be contributing equally. For the first 5 minutes, every participant will come up with their own 15% solutions. Then, they will share it with their group members for 3 minutes. 5-7 minutes will be given to the groups to consult with each other.

What is its purpose?

15% solutions can be used for building trust among people and for helping everyone discover what they can do as an individual as well as a group. It will also help to come up with great solutions.

What are its Tips and Traps?

15% solutions are one of those liberating structures that can help you in understanding what is possible to do. You should be ready to expect big things to follow up after you ask for 15% solutions in different meetings. When you are telling a story, make sure to let everyone know how a small change made by someone helped in making a lot of progress.

Examples –  Where can it be used?

15% is an agile project management technique, which can be used in the following circumstances:

  • For solving any problem where you need to take the initiative.
  • For facing any challenge and achieving success.
  • For achieving success in a small step.

— Slimane Zouggari

LS – Troika Consulting

What is meant by it?

Troika consulting is an agile liberating structure that can help an individual in seeking knowledge about things that he did not know. Any individual can come up and ask the other person for some insight on the issues that they had been facing for a long time, and the wisdom that they receive from the other person will help them in finally getting a solution to their problem. Therefore, it is peer-to-peer coaching that can help individuals in revealing patterns with the advice and support of their friends or colleagues.

How is it done?

Firstly, you will have to ask the group what kind of help they need and what challenges they have been facing. Each group can have three members. Only chairs would be provided to each group. In every segment, one participant will be the client, whereas the other two members will be the consultants. Every participant will be given an equal opportunity to coach and receive advice.

Each participant will share his challenge with the other two group members in 1-2 minutes. The consultants can ask any further questions from the participant for another 1-2 minutes. Then, the client will turn around, and the consultants will produce their suggestions and ideas for 4-5 minutes. After this, the client will turn around and let the consultants know what he or she valued the most about this experience for 1-2 minutes.

 

What is its purpose?

It helps people in being able to ask other people for advice and also builds trust among people. Together they can find a solution, which strengthens their problem-solving skills. Troika consulting can also improve your listening and consulting capabilities.

 

What are its Trips and Traps?

Make sure that you form groups of participants with different roles. Every participant should offer complete support and think about the challenge analytically to give important advice to the client. If one round of coaching does not satisfy the client, then do another segment. Participants should take risks while keeping this thing in their mind that they should not offend their client.

Examples – Where can you use it?

Troika consulting helps in the following circumstances:

  • Staff meetings
  • Presentations
  • Conferences

— Slimane Zouggari

LS – Appreciative Interviews

What is meant by it?

For anyone to be successful, one must be positive instead of negative. So, with the help of this liberating structure, a group of people would sit together and talk about their success stories instead of crying about their problems. Therefore, when a group of people would share their stories under an hour and come up with a list of factors that are necessary for success, it would help to bring a positive change to any organization. This organizational structure is an agile approach to project management.

How is it done?

Appreciative interviews are carried out by first asking everyone to tell a story where they had to work on a challenge, and they are proud of what they had accomplished. You have to pair up with someone and tell them your success story. No tables are needed to carry the interview out; you will only require chairs. There can be an unlimited number of groups.

A paper and flip chart will be given to everyone. Each participant will have equal time to contribute. In the first 3 minutes, the instructor will be telling the participants what kind of story they are supposed to tell each other.

Participants will then pair up with each other and 7-10 minutes will be given to each participant to tell their success story to their partner. Then, a group of 4 participants would be formed where each participant will retell the story of his partner to the group. Other group members will be taking notes while listening to the story. Insights and patterns would be collected on a flip chart. Everyone will get 15 minutes to summarize the assets and conditions. Then, you will ask everyone as a whole that what conditions will help in getting success.

Why is it used?

Appreciative interviews can be used for spreading positivity and knowledge so that everyone will know how to achieve success in a specific field. When you know the proper path to get success for something, you will follow that path.

 

What are Tips and Traps?

The participants should not to bring up any negative story and engagingly tell their success story. Ask the participants to give a title to their respective partner’s story. Make sure that you can show the patterns in every story.

Examples – Where can you use it?

Appreciative interviews can be used in the following circumstances:

  • It would help in revising college courses.
  • It would help in repairing a doctor-patient relationship.
  • It would help in building trust with an NGO.

— Slimane Zouggari