Doing Agile a Bit Differently - With Improv!

Often times, us Agilists can often be in our own world, stuck doing one set of exercises or approaching situations in one specific way. What if we actually listened and responded to our audience in real time, driven by the needs of who is directly in front of us?

As a seasoned life-practice artist and improviser, I will model a few techniques rooted in the improvisational performance world that can help you better listen and respond accordingly.

 
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Outline/Structure of the Tutorial

Teach agilists why Improv can be a great technique to add to their toolboxes, and provide examples of Improv that can be used to move a project forward.

This will be followed by Improv exercises to help sharpen our listening and engagement skills. Finally, we’ll cap off with a role playing workshop where we can run through common scenarios.

Learning Outcome

Attendees will leave with the ability to use Improv for agile exercises, and have an understanding of a unique way to facilitate feedback/requirement sessions, retrospectives, and more.

Target Audience

Anyone interested in shaking it up or bringing a creative approach to agile.

Prerequisites for Attendees

Nothing! (or the awful experience of presenting to a room full of people staring at their phones)

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  • George Dinwiddie
    By George Dinwiddie  ~  1 year ago
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    I like these aspects of the submission, and they should be retained:

    • I love improv

    I think the submission could be improved by:

    • Telling prospective attendees what value they are likely to get from this session. Right now, it's pitched to those who already think improv is a good idea.
    • Melanie Harker
      By Melanie Harker  ~  1 year ago
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      Hi George,

      Thank you so much for your clear and constructive feedback! Your point is apt and I will make sure to edit appropriately, and maybe even find a video of another talk I've done demonstrating the benefits of improv in the workplace.

      Cheers,

      Melanie

      • George Dinwiddie
        By George Dinwiddie  ~  11 months ago
        reply Reply

        Hi, Melanie,

        What are some situations that people face where attending this sessions can help them better deal with it?

         - George


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