3 Minute Improv Games to Improve Your Teams

You will be surprised to learn that Improv Teams and Software Teams have many similarities; The same techniques Improv Teams use to turn a group of random individuals into Great Team Players can be used by Software Teams to improve Collaboration, Creativity, Communication & Trust.

This unique workshop will have attendees out of their seats and on their feet actively practicing the concepts Improv Teams use to develop Great Team Players. Practicing the four essential qualities of a Great Team Player: 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 actionable material for participants to use immediately upon returning to work.  A flier with the top 20 games is included for every participant.

 
 

Outline/structure of the Session

This was very successful at Agile Games 2015 in Boston.  At that time I did a 20 minute presentation followed by 70 minutes of games.  I have found lately that people prefer an even shorter introduction to the material and more games, so now I give a 5 minute introduction followed by 80 minutes of games.  Between each game I explain what we learn from playing each particular game.   We will cover 12-15 games and have 5 minutes for questions at the end.  This is a fun and fast paced presentation.  Almost all participants leave with a smile on their face.

Learning Outcome

 

  • You'll see first hand how these games will help your teams as we play 12-15 games.
  • You'll learn the same techniques Improv teachers use to train people to become Great Team Players.
  • After attending this workshop you'll be able to start your meetings with any of the 60 different 3 minute games at:http://www.teamfirstdevelopment.com/warm-ups/. These free games all work well over the phone and can be replayed.
  • You'll learn how to bring some fun back to your workplace.

Target Audience

Anyone that wants to become a Great Team Player or develop Great Team Players

Requirements

Round tables are good as we will group into small teams for the warm-up games.  An open space will work even better as participants will be standing in groups of 8-10 and need to be close enough to hear each other.

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  • Fincy Yousuff
    By Fincy Yousuff  ~  1 year ago
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    Hello Wayde!

    I had heard about your website from a former colleague some time back. And we started practising "Free Association" and "Over the weekend" and it went out really well. Thank you for that.

    One question - I understand that we can start a retrospective like we start a stand up with a quick/warm up game. But is there technique that you can suggest to make retrospectives more lively? Everyone complains that retrospectives become monotonous over a period. In your workshop, would you be covering how to make retrospectives better too?

    Thanks and Regards,

    Fincy

    • Wayde Stallmann
      By Wayde Stallmann  ~  1 year ago
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      Fincy,

      I'm glad you've found value in using warm-up games to start meetings.

      As you know retros can get pretty dull if we use the same format over and over.  With my teams I like to do something different for every retro.  It keeps everyone engaged because they don't know what to expect.  I've had good success using retro formats presented on these 3 sites.  There are other good sites, but these are my favorites:

      Retromat:  www.plans-for-retrospectives.com/

      Agile Wiki:  http://retrospectivewiki.org/index.php?title=Agile_Retrospective_Resource_Wiki

      Ben Linders:  http://www.benlinders.com/exercises/

       

      Retromat provides different suggestions every time you hit it.  If you click on the category name i.e. "Set The Stage" or "Gather Data" (from great Derby & Larsen book) you will get a list of just those activities which helps me find what I need.

       

      Wayde

      • Fincy Yousuff
        By Fincy Yousuff  ~  1 year ago
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        Hello Wayde,

        Thanks for sharing those links! Will take a look and start refering to them for our next retrospective.

        Are you planning on showcasing How to improv Retrospectives in your workshop? I think it would be good if you could.  

        If you do plan on doing so, it would be good if you could add it in to your proposal so that others can notice that retropective are being dicussed.

        Thanks and Regards,

        Fincy

        • Wayde Stallmann
          By Wayde Stallmann  ~  1 year ago
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          Fincy,

          Sorry, I realize now that I didn't answer your original question.  My current proposal is on developing Great Team Players by using warm-up games from the world of Improv during the first 3 minutes of your meetings.  This can be for daily stand-ups or retrospectives.  I feel improving retrospectives through using a different technique at every retrospective is a great presentation all by itself.  I'd be happy to present that in addition to or in place of my talk on using Improv techniques.  I'm happy to present on any Agile topic as long as I can provide value to the audience.

          Thanks,

          Wayde