Boring Meetings Suck: Play Improv Warm-up Games To Improve Them & Your Teams

You will be surprised to learn that Improv Teams and Agile Teams have many similarities.  The same techniques Improv Teams use to turn a group of random individuals into a powerful Team can be used by Agile Teams to improve Collaboration, Creativity, Communication & Trust.  I will challenge your assumptions about meetings and playing games at work.  We will play several of these 3 minute games so that you can see how they help each of us become a better team player.

This unique workshop will have attendees out of their seats and on their feet actively practicing the concepts presented during the short lecture, thus proving how warm-up games from the world of Improv will build Great Team Players.  Practicing the four essential qualities of a Great Team Player, i.e. Collaboration, Creativity, Communication and Trust, not only shows attendees how they can become a Great Team Player, but also how to train others within their organization.  This hands on workshop provides immediately actionable material for participants to use on their first day back to work.  Additionally, attendees will see first hand how playing Improv warm-up games create Great Team Players, which can move freely from team to team within their organization.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

  1. Pre-Introduction - I quickly explain who I am and how I stumbled into Improv and why I want to teach 3 minute games to Agile Teams.
  2. Introduction - I'm going to challenge your assumptions about meetings and playing games at work.
  3. Problems with our meetings - Single person dominates the meeting, we often interrupt each other, someone might not participate at all, we don't build upon each other's ideas, perhaps even tearing them down, and we don't always completely listen to each other.
  4. Improv Teams have solved these same problems.  They have done it the same way for the last 50 years, by playing short games together.
  5. What is Improv?  Define Improv for those that don't know what I'm referring to.
  6. Explain similarities between our Teams/meetings and Improv.  There are 3 that stand out and are surprising.
  7. Explain the differences between our Teams and Improv Teams.  This makes the main point that we would be much better off if we treated each other like Improv teammates treat each other.  We get there by playing the same games Improv Teams do.
  8. The problems with our meetings and Teams have been solved by Improv Teams.  This is done by developing the Improv mindset which encompasses the 4 qualities of Collaboration, Creativity, Communication and Trust.
  9. Explain what a warm-up game is.  They go in a different direction every time they are played so they can be repeated.  They work great over the phone and we have 60 of them listed on the website.
  10. Play "Yes And..." game.  Quotes from the CEO of Twitter, Dick Costolo, and Bossypants author Tina Fey.  This game uses 3-4 audience members.  "Yes And..." teaches us to build upon the ideas of others rather than tearing them down.  This is the idea behind all of Improv and an idea that helps Scrum Teams solve complicated business problems together going as a Team where no one individual can go.
  11. Explain why Improv Teams developed warm-up games.  Each game improves a different one of these qualities: Collaboration, Creativity, Communication and Trust.  This presentation is all about improving those 4 qualities in your Scrum Teams.
  12. Improv Teams achieve these qualities by playing many other warm up games.
  13. Play another game to show how each game develops a different quality in your Scrum Team.
  14. Conclusion - Starting your meetings with a 3 minute game will do for your Teams what they do for Improv Teams.  They will built the qualities of Collaboration, Creativity, Communication & Trust into your Scrum Teams.  This will enable your Teams to develop the Improv mindset, and this mindset will improve not only your meetings, but your Scrum Teams as well.  Thank you!
  15. The above is the first half of the workshop, around 45 minutes.
  16. During the second half of the workshop we will play several games and discuss how they help build great team players!

Learning Outcome

After attending this presentation you will be able to start your Agile meetings with any of the 60 different 3 minute games on our website:  http://www.teamfirstdevelopment.com/warm-ups/.  These free games all work well over the phone and can be replayed.

Target Audience

Agile team members that are looking to improve their teams by playing a 3 minute game every day.

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