The Liberators: Unleashing Organisational Superpowers

Christiaan Verwijs
Apr 23, 2018 · 5 min read

Today marks the official founding of The Liberators. We, Barry Overeem and Christiaan Verwijs, wanted to start a company that fits with both our personal missions — unleash organisational Superpowers!

Some of the best organizations we’ve worked with understand that effective change is about people, and not whatever fancy process or expensive coaches you throw at them. We aim to liberate individuals, teams, and organizations from de-humanizing and ineffective ways of organizing work by putting them in control of shaping their future. It is our experience that magic happens when you tap into the collective intelligence and creativity of people doing the work.

“It’s all about unleashing organisational Superpowers.”

Contract-signing High Five at the notary

Change from the inside-out

“Empower people to drive change themselves.”

Serious-and-fun

“We use frameworks and techniques like Scrum, Lean Change Management and Liberating Structures to help organizations thrive on complexity.”

Not a consulting firm or a training agency

One example is our series of ‘Zombie Scrum’-workshops. We start with an initial diagnosis with everyone involved — from developers to management (‘What is happening here?’). During a second workshop, we help participants craft a gameplan to improve the effectiveness of Scrum (‘How we can improve?’). A number of follow-up workshops are designed to help teams reflect on the progress to date and to continue on their journey of improvement.

Another example is the series of ‘Scrum Kickstart’-workshops, designed to help organizations or teams get started with Scrum. Together with everyone involved, we build a shared understanding of Scrum and Agile and what actions are needed to be effective. Putting the Scrum Teams in control, we help craft the initial product vision and Product Backlog and train internal Scrum Masters and Product Owners to make Scrum work for their organization.

The Scrum Learning Journey

We are convinced that training and workshops should be part of a broader journey in order to be effective. This is why we organize quarterly Retrospectives for participants of our ‘Professional Scrum Master’- and ‘Scrum Master Advanced’-courses, organize meetups around a variety of topics (like Liberating Structures and Product Ownership) and develop learning journeys for Scrum Masters, Product Owners, teams, and entire organizations.

“We strongly believe that training and workshops should be part of a broader journey in order to be effective.”

Making waves together

In addition to our family of Liberators, we have partnered with a number of international institutions and movements that join in our purpose. With Scrum.org in Boston, we are developing a ‘Scrum Master Advanced’-course to help Scrum Masters become internal drivers of change. We are working closely with the founders of Liberating Structures and user groups around the world to help organizations unleash and involve everyone with Liberating Structures. Together with Agile Akademiet in Copenhagen and Co-Learning in Belgium, we are offering a broad range of workshops and courses to Scrum Masters, Product Owners, and Development Teams. With our Dutch partner 12Mprove we’re building bridges between the Lean and Agile community.

“To maximize the impact of our work, we are building a family of Liberators.”

Growing a stronger community together

“We believe in the power of the professional communities that have emerged around Liberating Structures, Scrum and Agile.”

Invite Creative Destruction

“Are you ready to leave your comfort zone and unleash your superpowers?”

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The Liberators: Unleashing Organisational Superpowers

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