Updated: Sep 6
The Scrum community is abuzz with excitement as Scrum Day announces a game-changing addition to this year's event – the renowned Darin Harris as both the morning and closing keynote speaker. But there's a twist: Darin won't be delivering a conventional speech. Instead, he will be harnessing the transformative potential of Liberating Structures to engage the audience in meaningful conversations that promise to redefine how we view agility, collaboration, and innovation.
The Man Behind the Buzz
Groups from around the world call on Darin to facilitate their full engagement and creative participation. He is co-founder of Living Giving Enterprises, an organizational and leadership development company which houses Journeyofcollaboration.com. His clients include: Large Scale Manufacturers, Banks, Housing and Real Estate, Universities, Non-Profits, School Districts, and Local and State Governments.
Unpacking Liberating Structures
Liberating Structures are a collection of 33 microstructures designed to unleash the full potential of groups and teams. Developed by Keith McCandless and Henri Lipmanowicz, these structures are rooted in the idea that everyone's voice matters, and the best ideas emerge when diverse perspectives are actively engaged. Liberating Structures replace traditional hierarchical meeting formats with methods that encourage equal participation and create an atmosphere of trust and creativity.
The Power of Conversation
Darin Harris's decision to use Liberating Structures for his keynotes at Scrum Day reflects his deep understanding of how these techniques can transform passive audiences into active participants. Rather than delivering a one-way monologue, he will be facilitating conversations with the audience. This approach aligns perfectly with the principles of Scrum, which emphasize collaboration, adaptability, and continuous improvement.
Morning Keynote: Setting the Stage
In the morning keynote, Darin will set the stage for an interactive and thought-provoking day. Using Liberating Structures, he will engage the audience in discussions that challenge traditional ideas of what a keynote should be. Participants can expect to explore new perspectives, share their own experiences, and gain insights that will drive their agile journey forward.
Closing Keynote: Embracing the Future
As the day comes to a close, Darin will return to facilitate the closing keynote. This session will provide an opportunity to reflect on the day's discussions and insights. Using Liberating Structures, Darin will guide participants in exploring how they can take the knowledge and inspiration gained during Scrum Day and apply it to their own organizations. This closing conversation will be the catalyst for action, motivating attendees to bring positive change to their workplaces.
Why Liberating Structures?
Liberating Structures offer a refreshing departure from the traditional keynote format. Instead of passive listening, the audience becomes actively involved in shaping the conversation. Darin Harris's choice to utilize Liberating Structures underscores his commitment to creating an inclusive and collaborative atmosphere, where everyone's voice is valued.
Scrum Day's decision to welcome Darin Harris as the morning and closing keynote speaker promises to be a pivotal moment in the event's history. By embracing Liberating Structures, Darin will not only inspire and educate but also demonstrate the power of collaboration and inclusive communication. Attendees can look forward to a day of rich conversations, insights, and actionable takeaways that will propel their agile journeys to new heights. Scrum Day 2023 is not just a conference; it's an interactive and transformative experience led by a true champion of agile principles, Darin Harris.