03 - 04 November 2016
M Shed, Bristol, UK

Improvising with agile

Paul Goddard Agilify

Session type: Hands-On
Session duration: 90 minutes

About this Hands-On

This session will show how the five 'secrets' (or Ss) of improvisational theatre can support a team's growth and also give you some practical guidance on how to get your team's collaborative and creative juices flowing from the very start!

The 5 Ss we'll look at will be presented as a series of activities and games. They are:

Safety – a short improv game to establish a sense of safety amongst small groups and the people around you. We will debrief to discuss the relevance and importance of what makes us safe (and unsafe) and how this dictates our behaviour.

Spontaneity – some basic mime games to illustrate 'yes, and' as a principle to help us collaborate more effectively, and subsequently discover and create more freely in small groups. We'll debrief to discuss what made the game flow and how this relates to agile environments.

Story-telling – extending the previous game to include words and more complex ‘offers’. We'll debrief to explain how story-telling and narrative motivates us, especially to help agile teams relate and collaborate with users and customers.

Status – an interactive improv activity for everyone to enjoy. Certain character traits will be introduced to show 'high' and 'low' status behaviour and how it affects our responses. We'll debrief to discuss how status affects agile teams and various organisational roles.

Sensitivity – a short improv game to finish, which is funny to play and watch, but illustrates the power of listening effectively. Listening is a critical skill for an improviser and one which agile teams don’t really practice enough. We'll debrief to include other skills that are important for both improvisational theatre and agile development.

About the Speaker

Paul Goddard is an established agile coach and trainer based in the United Kingdom. He has been assisting agile teams since 2003 and is a qualified Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) and Certified Scrum Coach (CSC). His first book Improv-ing Agile Teams: Using Constraints To Unlock Creativity brings together two of his passions; coaching agile teams and improvisational theatre. The principles and practices are so closely linked, he uses them every day of his working and personal life. A regular speaker at agile conferences worldwide, Paul is also a long-standing member and contributor to the agile community in the UK and Europe.


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