Improv unscripted - Happy hours starts NOW!

location_city Hyderabad schedule Jun 21st 01:45 - 03:15 PM place Mosaic

Let's get onto a journey

From "No" /"Yes, but" to "Yes, and"!

Improv is the act of working together to build something new from a bunch of quickly generated ideas, disposing quickly that don’t work and building on the things that do along the way. The more an improv team works together, the more they trust each other, and the better they know each other’s’ strengths and how to use them. Isn’t it Agile Teams also all about?

Make other people look good. This will make you look better, too. Let's experience this through fun games!

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Workshop

It's quite easy to both, scale up and down this workshop. The session format remains the same

  • Introduction to Improv
  • Play, play and play...(apply Parkinson's law to fill the time available. Since we have lesser time at disposal, we may choose some of the one listed above.)
  • Closure

I have provided the outline for 90 minute session below:

Improv - Introduction (3-5 minutes)

Four rules of Improv:

  • Say Yes
  • Yes, And
  • Make Statements
  • No Mistakes, Only Opportunities

Form teams of 5-6 people (3 minutes). Play and spread laughter’s around!!

Most of the games are played standing so it’s opt-in for participants. They can participate in as many games they want to.

Some of the games participants would experience are. Each game would be followed by 1-2 minutes debrief on how it relates with Agile team and how they can be used (Debrief time not included in activity time):

  1. Speed Dating…ah Speed Meeting (5 minutes)
  2. Mirroring (5 minutes)
  3. Yes Lets (5 minutes)
  4. Count to 20 as a Team (5 minutes)
  5. One word at a time story (5 minutes)
  6. Conducted Story - Are you (really!) paying attention? (6 minutes)
  7. 7 Things (5 minutes)
  8. Change (5 minutes)
  9. Freeze (5 minutes)
  10. Blind Freeze (5 minutes)
  11. Reporter (6 minutes)
  12. Flock Dance (5 minutes)

I explain each warm-up game and then each team plays it. We inspect and adapt on number of games we play. We always end our session with Flock Dance which is high energy game demonstrating leadership skills in group dynamics.

Overall Debrief (3-5 minutes): Check with audience on how they felt playing Improv games? Share tips on how these can be used with Agile teams.

Share some of the benefits that Improv brings:

  • Confidence
  • Acceptance of failure
  • Starting every conversation on a positive note
  • and Think fast! to name a few.

Questions (~5 minutes)

All participants leave with a smile!!

Learning Outcome

As a result of attending this session, participants will have…

  • Ability to express themselves more creatively and coherently.
  • Greater awareness of how emotional intelligence impacts group dynamics.
  • Gained knowledge through Improv exercises about active learning and how it impacts communication.
  • Tools to integrate their experiences into their own development process
  • Above all, have fun to add fuel in life!

Unleash the power of using "yes, and"?

To preserve our precious time and energy, we often default to 'no,' yet this only closes the door to our growth, while a 'yes' opens a world of possibilities.

The secret is adding 'yes, and' to our lives. This easiest of the phrase opens the doors to better collaboration and positive relationships and invites self-sustaining opportunities into our world. 'Yes, and' helps you get from where you are, as an individual or organization, to where you want to be.

Target Audience

Anyone who likes to laugh

Prerequisites for Attendees

Nothing in particular

schedule Submitted 5 months ago

Public Feedback

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  • Krishnakumar Chinnappachari
    By Krishnakumar Chinnappachari  ~  4 months ago
    reply Reply

    I like these aspects of the submission, and they should be retained:

    • Intro to Improve
    • Fun elements

    I think the submission could be improved by:

    • ...can you please share the video of your previous workshop, as you have mentioned that this was presented in Regional Scrum Gathering 2019 in Hyderabad itself? How are you to differentiate this one from the previous one?
    • The videos that you shared are 4.5 min Ice breaker on Improve (flock dance & Yes and.....) and 11 mins video on "what to expect", not the actual lengthy one.
    • This will be definitely useful for the change agents/leaders to facilitate "team building" activities, however, if your video and slides can clearly showcase how the learnings from these fun games (may not be for all 12 games) relate to agile teams, that will be beneficial for the participants
    • Rohit Arora
      By Rohit Arora  ~  4 months ago
      reply Reply

      Hi Krishnakumar,

      I have updated the slides as suggested. I have added objective and debrief at the bottom of every game that facilitator can use when they run it. When I am presenting they would only appear on slide during the debrief once they have played the game. Please have a look at slides and let me know if it look okay? 

      Regards,

      Rohit

    • Rohit Arora
      By Rohit Arora  ~  4 months ago
      reply Reply

      Hi Krishnakumar,

      Thanks for your feedback!

      I checked with the Hyderabad Gathering Team 2019 and they  mentioned that they are unable to retrieve the recording so unfortunately I may not be able to provide that.

      I have asked Bangladesh Gathering Team and they are processing the videos since it was only last month. I will include it in the submission as soon as I have it.

      I am familiar with 50+ Improv games so even though the title may be the same but contents could be totally different. So, I can assure you that the Hyderabadi audience are going to get absolutely fresh biryani :) I play them with my teams frequently and yet to hear that they didn't enjoy it! There is a lot of scope for variation even if you play the same game again.

      As I mentioned in my outline, I do a quick debrief after every game and use elements of TBR there. One of the common question is if they enjoyed it?  Another is how do you think you can play this with your teams. Rather than telling, this helps me to engage the participants more. I have my own ideas as well which I give as prompts to people when I find people short of ideas. I didn't include them in slides to keep them simple but your idea is appealing to bring them up there so that audience know how to use them further too! I am on the way to make those changes and will notify you once done. 


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