Scrum is HUGE! It’s massively adopted by organizations. That’s of course awesome! Except for the fact that many organizations and teams think they’re doing Scrum, while they’re not. Sure, they’ve got all the Scrum roles, events and artifacts in place. But there’s no working software at the end of the Sprint. There’s no drive to improve. No involvement of customers and users during development. This might look like Scrum from the surface. But it isn’t. This is Zombie-Scrum, and we need to stop it!
During the presentation, you’ll learn more about the causes and symptoms of Zombie-Scrum. Even more important, you’ll discover an antidote: Liberating Structures. Please note: this presentation isn’t for the faint of heart. Be brave. Join the resistance and help us fight Zombie-Scrum!
An Antidote to Zombie Scrum
Agile Turkey Summit
October 24, 2019
A Word of Warning...
Chances are, you will be...
● Overwhelmed → by learning a new language
● Shocked → by the state of Scrum
● Confused → a presentation about Liberating Structures?
● Annoyed → 1 minute conversations?!
● Terriﬁed → Scrum Zombies in the room?
● Create awareness
● Offer inspiration for experimentation
● Trigger useful conversations
The State of Scrum(.org)
Scrum is HUGE! It’s massively adopted by organizations!
● ± 300 Professional Scrum Trainers worldwide
● 143.000 people trained around the world
● 3.250.000 people have taken the open assessments
● 300.000 people are certiﬁed
● 100+ Scrum books
● 10.000.000+ Scrum articles
● 3 Scrum Songs
The Real State of Scrum
Many organizations think they’re doing Scrum…
But it’s not Scrum…
What do you consider the
symptoms of Zombie Scrum?
Meet the Zombie Scrum Research Team
Lord Red Beard
Causes of Zombie Scrum
● Complex organizational structures
● “Business” and “IT”
● Cherry picking Scrum
● Stuck in the “right” (tools, documentation, contracts, detailed plans)
● Maturity models...
Another cause of Zombie Scrum:
The need for Agile Coaches to
succeed with Scrum
This isn’t cause #1…
What do you think is the #1
Zombie Scrum Cause #1
People often don't have a clue
WHY they are using Scrum
We use Scrum because...
The Million Dollar Question
How to prevent or ﬁx this
#1 cause of Zombie Scrum?
The Silver Bullet Answer
Use Liberating Structures
Liberating Structures are…
“A set of skills for people to improve
their interactions in groups”
Why Liberating Structures?
Because the way we interact
in groups is broken!
Too structured and inhibiting
Recognize your Scrum Events?
Liberating Structures to the rescue
A ‘frame’ to unleash and involve everyone!
Every Liberating Structures uses 5 design elements. They
offer a ‘frame’ for collaboration, decision-making, and
An example: Troika Consulting
1. The invitation
2. Arrangement of space and
3. Conﬁguration of groups
4. Distribution of participation
5. Sequence of steps and
allocation of time
How We Have Used It
Growing The Liberators
Most importantly, we’ve used it for...
● Clarifying the purpose of doing Scrum
● Improving the Scrum events
● Encouraging the self-organizing capabilities of the
Clarifying the purpose of doing Scrum
9 Whys What, So What,
Improving the Scrum events
10x10 Writing Shift & Share UX Fishbowl Min Specs 25/10 Crowd Sourcing
But I still don’t know what
Liberating Structures are...”
Join the Zombie Scrum resistance!
Do the Zombie Scrum Infection Checker
Join a Liberating Structures User Group
A bit of reﬂection
Something new I’ve learned is...
Something I already knew,
but got conﬁrmed is...
A question that emerges is...
A good, yet brave next step for
‘Unleashing Organisational Superpowers’
As The Liberators, we take a radical approach to organizational change. Rather than taking the lead,
we empower people within organizations to drive change themselves. As facilitators we create
space where people can tackle diﬃcult challenges together while also having fun. Inspired by the
ﬁelds of complexity science and organizational psychology, we use Scrum and Liberating Structures
to deliver fast-paced interactions, high involvement and creative destruction.
With a strong focus on radical transparency, an experiential approach and creating a shared
purpose, we put organizations in a position to thrive on complexity rather than being defeated by it.
Are you ready to leave your comfort zone and unleash your superpowers?
Unleashing Organisational Superpowers