location_city Melbourne schedule Nov 11th 04:00 - 05:20 PM AEST place Industrial School people 2 Interested

"You better bring it!

Oh, it's already been broughten!"

The purpose of cheerleading is to support and encourage their team to achieve peak performance - they give the team the extra oomph to carry them over the goal line! The cheerleaders not only support and celebrate the wins, they also encourage the team when they need to push through their trials and tribulations. Cheerleaders build the hype of the team fans by creating infectious energy - just imagine your stakeholders hyped up because of your awesome team!

In this session we will take lessons from professional cheerleading and apply them in an agile team context.

We will cover the 3 pillars of agile cheerleading – dance, chants, and emotions and explore the fundamentals and benefits of an agile cheer so that you can super-charge your teams.




Outline/Structure of the Skills Workshop

  • [0:00-0:05] 5 min - Introduction
  • [0:05-0:13] 8 min - Fundamentals of cheer overview
    • Synchrony
    • Eliciting emotion
    • Contrast
    • Formation
    • Music
    • Energy
  • [0:13-0:20] 7 min - The "why" of cheering
    • Celebrate the team
    • Support the team
    • Encourage the team
    • Hype the stakeholders
  • [0:20-0:26] 6 min - Apply cheering to agile teams
    • Chant
    • Dance
    • Symbol
  • [0:26-0:33] 7 min – Exercise – Participants learn and practice fundamentals of agile cheering
  • [0:33-0:40] 7 min - Demonstration of 3 Agile cheers
    • “Writing User Stories”
    • “Prioritizing the Backlog”
    • “Programming”
  • [0:40-0:44] 4 min - Demonstration of chanting Agile cheer where participants join in
    Give me an A! Give me a G! Give me an I! Give me an L! Give me an E!
    What's that spell? Agile! Agile!
    'Cause we are Agile
    And we're riding high, so
  • [0:44-0:46] 2 min - Audience is asked to identify 1 thing they are awesome at
  • [0:46-0:50] 4 min - Participants then create their own cheer
  • [0:50-0:55] 5 min - Open demonstration where participants can choose to demo their cheer
  • [0:55-0:59] 4 min - Example of cheerleading rock-paper-scissors game
  • [0:59-0:66] 7 min – Everyone to cheer all together (the fundamentals, the Agile cheers, then their own cheers)
  • [0:66-0:70] 4 min - Conclusion
  • Remainder of total timebox - Q&A

Interaction of Facilitators and Participants

Roz and Alex are partners in this session! We equally share our stories and speaking about the concepts in the deck. A large portion of this is activity based, and this is where Roz shines. Roz brings her years of professional sports team cheerleading experience to the workshop and guides everyone, including Alex, in the actual cheerleading. The video link we have provided for this proposal is a great example of Alex and Roz interacting and enjoying working with each other. As for the participants, no mobility is required for them to engage in the cheers. The activity and the engagement of people cheering together can be a wonderful experience, especially in our time of mostly remote working.

Video of Exemplar Dancing Session

[NOTE - the video samples included here are for our "dancing" session and are examples of how we interact with each other and the participants. It is not a video of our new "cheering" session]

https://youtu.be/Oz_dc7HXc6Y - This is the official video of our dancing session at WildCard Singapore 2020. The best parts are when participants show off signature moves, they are great!
https://www.dropbox.com/s/72dipcl4dnuyoqr/Gallery%20view.mp4 - This is the same session at WildCard Singapore 2020, but it's the gallery view of the participants. You can see everyone dancing!


High-performing teams is what every agile coach, agilist, and organization hopes to help teams become. High performance is more than just efficiency, productivity, and delivery however. A high-performing team might need a little support and encouragement along the way! Our session focuses on how the team itself can become their own cheerleaders, creating a culture where they actively cheer themselves on to success and high-performance.


Learning Outcome

Participants will:

  • practice bringing it by cheering
  • summarize the benefits of cheer for team performance
  • create your own agile cheer that you can share with your team
  • reflect on those moments when your team would benefit from an awesome agile cheer
  • use the fundamentals of professional cheerleading to encourage, support, and celebrate your team

Target Audience

Scrum Masters, Product Owners, Agile Coaches, Managers, Executives, Change Agents

Prerequisites for Attendees

No prerequisites

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