On stage, improvisational actors use simple rules, collaborative principles, and game constraints to build unscripted yet intriguing storylines. This course explores how those same simple rules and principles can help agile teams collaborate more effectively and how purposefully working within constraints can unlock creativity.
Through this training, you will learn:
- The parallels between improvisational theatre and agile development
- How to engage more with your team members
- Resilience from accepting failure and being positive
- How to collaborate through co-creation with others
- Creative problem solving techniques and coaching styles
These objectives will be met through a mixture of improv games that attendees will play, and structured debriefs with other attendees and the trainer. Attendees will experience activities that will build confidence, release creativity and raise communication skills.
Raise your communication skills from adequate to truly outstanding, and take your presentations from competent to effective and compelling. Improvisation concepts include engagement, transformation, presentation, teamwork and leadership skills development.
Each session will be a mix of improv games, group debrief and discussion and will centre around one of the following five themes:
Session 1 – SAFETY: how accepting failure is essential to discovery
Session 2 – SPONTANEITY: how to increase the flow of ideas
Session 3 – STORYTELLING: how narratives help teams relate to their customers and end users
Session 4 – STATUS: how adjusting personal behaviour can encourage collaboration
Session 5 – SENSITIVITY: how to become more fully engaged with fellow team members
Attendees will be expected to join in with these games, with the emphasis on having fun and playing with these concepts in a safe environment.
This course is applicable for any and all members of an agile software development team. The skills provided will be useful in life as well as in a professional context. As such, this course has no set pre-requisites and is suitable for improvisers with all levels of experience.
Those who may get even more benefit would be those attendees who have the responsibility for leading an agile team, such as scrum masters, product owners, agile coaches or trainers.
Attending the online version of this course is simple, you just need access laptop/PC with a stable internet connection, audio/video and microphone capabilities.
Full login details for the sessions (with setup instructions) will be sent with your joining instructions shortly before each session begins.
How will this course be delivered?
The course material will be delivered through five 90 minutes sessions run online using the ZOOM conferencing tool.
Each 90 minute forms one module of the course syllabus. There will be one 90 minute session scheduled per week, for a total of five weeks sequentially.
Do I need any improv experience to attend?
None at all! These sessions are appropriate for novice improvisers all the way up to seasoned actors!