Upcoming Talk: Michael Gürster of msg systems AG on Liberating Structures

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We will be hosting an industry talk on “Liberating Structures” in AMOS, our agile methods course. The talk is free and open to the public.

  • by: Michael Gürster, msg systems AG
  • about: Liberating Structures
  • on: January 11th, 2023, 10:15-11:45 Uhr
  • on: Zoom (link after registration)
  • as part of: AMOS

Abstract: Liberating Structures are a collection of methods for group collaboration. They can be used in workshops, meetings or other cooperative group events. They help to jointly work on solving questions, analyzing problems, sharing knowledge, defining next steps and much more. Each method has its own purpose and helps when working on specific types of questions or challenges. The methods’ step-by-step-instructions explain how a group can work together on achieving the desired goal. This structured approach used by Liberating Structures is more target-oriented (and less chaotic) than non-systematic group collaboration, as known from methods like brainstorming. Another major advantage of Liberating Structures is that these methods always include every member of a group in working on a challenge (this is incorporated in each method’s approach). This utilizes the group’s “swarm intelligence”, which often results in better solutions that are supported by the entire group. Overall, Liberating Structures offer a versatile extension of your personal “method toolkit” for group collaboration. They make cooperation in groups more varied, systematic and creative – a big plus for moderators, team leads, project managers and everyone else who frequently works in groups. In this session, we will give a very brief overview of Liberating Structures. Afterwards, we will jointly try out some of the structures together.

Speaker: Michael Gürster is a principal project manager at msg systems AG. He has been working as an IT-Consultant since 2004, most of the time helping to develop large software systems in the public sector. His focus is project management and coordination in classical, agile or hybrid setups. He enjoys finding effective and pragmatic solutions to his team’s challenges by leveraging innovative and creative methods of all kinds.