Improv-ing Agile Teams

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.

Course description

Improvisation. The mere mention of the word makes many people quake with fear at the prospect of chaos and uncertainty. The fact is, though, human beings are improvising almost every minute of their lives—it is more natural, and more filled with possibility, than you might imagine.

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.

In this course, 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.

Course content

The workshop will be a mix of improv games and group debrief and discussion.

The agenda will centre around include the following five themes:

SAFETY: how accepting failure is essential to discovery 
SPONTANEITY: 
how to increase the flow of ideas 
STORYTELLING: 
how narratives help teams relate to their customers and end users 
STATUS: 
how adjusting personal behaviour can encourage collaboration 
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.

Target audience

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 valuable for all experience levels.

Those who may get even more benefit would be those attendees who have the responsibility for leading an agile team, such as ScrumMasters, Product Owners or agile Coaches.

Pre-requisites

There are no pre-requisites for this course, although some knowledge or experience of working with agile teams will help.

This is a Scrum Alliance Extended Education course and does not award any certification on its own, however Scrum Alliance members will gain Category B SEUs for their attendance. These can be used towards becoming a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP).

If you’re not currently a CSM or CSPO you can apply the SEUs from this course retroactively once you get your certification.

SEUs: This course qualifies as 8 Scrum Educational Units (SEUs).

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