The Liberators Network

May 22 2020 40 16 mins

If you're excited about unleashing organisational superpowers, then this is the podcast for you. We talk about Scrum, Liberating Structures and creating better workplaces. This podcast is created by Christiaan Verwijs and Barry Overeem. Both are Professional Scrum Trainers for Scrum.org and stewards for the Professional Scrum Master II class they created. Aside from their extensive background and experience with Scrum, they are very excited about Liberating Structures and are active members of this worldwide community. We aim to release a new episode every Friday.



Liberating Structures Are Skills To Be Learned By Users, Not Facilitators
May 22 2020 • 10 min
"By indulging in their own desire to 'try new structures' or dazzle the group with amazing riffs and mashups of Liberating Structures, facilitators may actually be preventing users from becoming skilled at them themselves.This episode is a reflection on...


10 Powerful Questions to Create Better Sprint Goals
May 15 2020 • 8 min
Almost everybody sees the value of Sprint Goals. But most teams struggle with them nonetheless. In this short episode, we offer 10 Powerful Questions that we've found to be very helpful. Where some of the questions focus on identifying the general...


Conflict Styles: What Sciences Says & How Liberating Structures Can Help
May 08 2020 • 14 min
When you work in a team or with others, you'll recognize that conflict is a natural part of our work with others. Where some conflicts are visible, most remain below the surface and manifest only as tension and frustration. They happen, regardless of...



Addressing The Elephant: And how teams can learn to dance with (often invisible) conflict
May 01 2020 • 11 min
Conflicts are fascinating. They are a natural part of working with other people and can drain significant amounts of energy way from our work together. Yet, for something that is so natural, we're often pretty bad at recognizing conflicts when they...


Scrum: A Framework for Empirical Process Control
Apr 24 2020 • 43 min
What is the Scrum Framework? How does it work? What is its purpose? And how do all these roles, events and artifacts work together?This episode of our podcast is for everyone who wants to learn what Scrum is, or wants to refresh their understanding....


How to Deal With Technical Debt in Scrum
Apr 17 2020 • 14 min
How to Deal With Technical Debt in Scrum


Troika Consulting: "Should my team use longer Sprints when they are unable to deliver an increment?"
Apr 10 2020 • 18 min
One of our patrons, Chris Davies, shares with us a challenge that he and his team are facing. What should you do when your team is unable to deliver done and working software within a Sprint? When is it okay to lengthen a Sprint? And what considerations...


Uncovering Better Ways to Develop Software: A Conversation Between Jeff Maleski, Jeff Bubolz, Barry Overeem & Christiaan Verwijs About the Learning Journey of Scrum
Apr 03 2020 • 64 min
Recently, we had the huge pleasure of participating in an hour-long episode of The Agile Wire by Jeff Bubolz and Jeff Maleski. Its basically just one hour of us talking about what we care about the most, what we've learned through our work with Scrum...


Zombie Scrum: The Curious Case of Stakeholder Distance
Mar 20 2020 • 10 min
The Scrum Framework urges teams to involve stakeholders. But many Scrum Teams struggle to do so. For some, involving one or two internal stakeholders seems plenty. For others, stakeholders can only be involved when the entire product is done.In a...


Stop using separate environments for development, testing, and production (DTAP)
Mar 13 2020 • 18 min
In this episode we make a bold argument: stop using separate environments for development, testing, acceptance, and production - commonly called DTAP. Why? Because DTAP-pipelines create queues and accumulate all sorts of waste. Not only does this cost...


Scrum Mythbusters: You Can't Do Projects With Scrum
Mar 06 2020 • 14 min
In the past, we often corrected how people spoke about work. Whenever someone mentioned “project”, we would correct it to “product”. With a pedantic tone, we would explain that “we’re building a product here, not doing a project” (with an implicit “you...


Thinking by Sprinting
Feb 28 2020 • 24 min
Scrum, Agile, Stigmergy


A Conversation About Developer Culture (And What Makes It Possible)
Feb 21 2020 • 15 min
The Liberators



Troika Consulting: "My team is unable to deliver Done increments because they are struggling to slice work vertically"
Feb 14 2020 • 19 min
Troika Consulting: "My team is unable to deliver Done increments because they are struggling to slice work vertically"


Stop Measuring The Pizzas And The Cooks
Feb 07 2020 • 16 min
Stop Measuring The Pizzas And The Cooks


Our 14 Tips For Facilitating Liberating Structures
Jan 31 2020 • 15 min
Our 14 Tips For Facilitating Liberating Structures


How To Avoid Groupthink When Creating Strategy Together
Jan 24 2020 • 13 min
How To Avoid Groupthink When Creating Strategy Together


Why Scrum Requires Completely “Done” Software Every Sprint
Jan 17 2020 • 16 min
Why Scrum Requires Completely “Done” Software Every Sprint


What's Wrong With Maturity Models?
Jan 10 2020 • 9 min
What's Wrong With Maturity Models?


Actual stakeholders? or just your audience?
Jan 03 2020 • 8 min
Actual stakeholders? or just your audience?


Navigating Conflict: Five Big Insights from the workshop ‘Address the Elephant’
Dec 20 2019 • 10 min
Navigating Conflict: Five Big Insights from the workshop ‘Address the Elephant’


Scrum Mythbusters: In Scrum, We Spend Too Much Time In Meetings
Dec 13 2019 • 19 min
Scrum Mythbusters: In Scrum, We Spend Too Much Time In Meetings


Scrum Mythbusters: The Scrum Master Can't Remove People From The Team
Dec 07 2019 • 20 min
Scrum Mythbusters: The Scrum Master Can't Remove People From The Team



Scrum Mythbusters: The Scrum Master Is A Junior Agile Coach
Nov 29 2019 • 14 min
Scrum Mythbusters: The Scrum Master Is A Junior Agile Coach


Scrum Mythbusters: Story Points are required in Scrum
Nov 22 2019 • 13 min
Scrum Mythbusters: Story Points are required in Scrum


Scrum Mythbusters: Only The Product Owner Interacts With Stakeholders
Nov 15 2019 • 8 min
Is the Product Owner the only person who interacts with stakeholders? You may also recognize a Product Owner who claims exclusive responsibility for talking with users. Or the Product Owner as the only member of a Scrum Team who identifies and clarifies...


Scrum Mythbusters: Refinement Is A Required Meeting For The Entire Scrum Team
Nov 08 2019 • 15 min
Does Refinement feel like a chore for your team? Is refinement taking place during required meetings during the Sprint? In this episode, we address the myth that refinement is a required meeting in Scrum. We also explore what the purpose of refinement...


Scrum Mythbusters: The Sprint Backlog can’t change during the Sprint
Oct 25 2019 • 5 min
Scrum Mythbusters: The Sprint Backlog can’t change during the Sprint


Scrum Conversations: Barry and Christiaan talk about Scrum as a heavyweight framework
Oct 18 2019 • 14 min
In many organizations and teams, Scrum is certainly not a lightweight process. All the items in JIRA must be in the form of User Stories. Every Sprint features at least one or two sessions where people pull out their planning poker cards to spend an...


Scrum Mythbusters: There Is No Planning In Scrum
Oct 11 2019 • 12 min
Scrum Mythbusters: There Is No Planning In Scrum


Scrum Conversations: Christiaan and Barry talk with Carsten Grønbjerg Lützen about his work at the LEGO Group and the importance of shared purpose
Oct 04 2019 • 26 min
"I'm more of a Scrum Janitor" - Carsten Grønbjerg LützenIn this edition, Christiaan and Barry talk with Scrum Master Carsten Grønbjerg Lützen about his journey as a Scrum Master. Carsten works at the LEGO Group, and has been a passionate and driven...


Scrum Conversations: Christiaan and Barry talk about Zombie Scrum and how to measure it with the Zombie Scrum Symptoms Checker
Sep 27 2019 • 16 min
Zombie Scrum is something that looks like Scrum, but isn't Scrum at all when you take a closer look. Usually, Zombie Scrum is marked by a complete lack of working software, no involvement of the actual users and no drive to do anything about this.This...


Scrum Mythbusters: The Scrum Master Must Resolve Every Problem
Sep 20 2019 • 15 min
Scrum Mythbusters: The Scrum Master Must Resolve Every Problem



Scrum Mythbusters: The Sprint Review is a Demo
Sep 13 2019 • 11 min
Scrum Mythbusters: The Sprint Review is a Demo


Scrum Conversations: Barry and Christiaan talk about why Sprint Goals are not optional in Scrum
Sep 06 2019 • 28 min
Scrum Conversations: Barry and Christiaan talk about why Sprint Goals are not optional in Scrum


Scrum Mythbusters: The Product Backlog Has To Consists Out Of User Stories
Aug 30 2019 • 11 min
Scrum Mythbusters: The Product Backlog Has To Consists Out Of User Stories


Scrum Conversations: Barry and Christiaan talk about what helped them on their journey as Scrum Masters
Aug 23 2019 • 18 min
Scrum Conversations: Barry and Christiaan talk about what helped them on their journey as Scrum Masters


Scrum Mythbusters: Scrum Teams Can Only Release At The End Of The Sprint
Aug 16 2019 • 6 min
Scrum Mythbusters: Scrum Teams Can Only Release At The End Of The Sprint


Scrum Mythbusters: The Scrum Master Must Be Present At The Daily Scrum
Aug 13 2019 • 7 min
Scrum Mythbusters: The Scrum Master Must Be Present At The Daily Scrum


Scrum Mythbusters: The Product Backlog is maintained exclusively by the Product Owner
Aug 03 2019 • 10 min
In this episode, we tackle the myth in Scrum that the Product Backlog is maintained exclusively by the Product Owner.


Five Questions To Ask Yourself Before Writing Code
Jul 22 2019 • 16 min
Five questions you should ask yourself before writing any code


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