28 September - 30 September 2016

Churchill College, Cambridge, UK

3-minute improv games to improve your teams

Wayde Stallmann Asynchrony Labs

Session type: Workshop/Hands-on
Session duration: 90 minutes

Slides from session

The slides used for this session are available to download from here.

About this Workshop/Hands-on

You will be surprised to learn that improv teams and software teams have many similarities. The same techniques improv teams use to turn a group of random individuals into great team players can be used by software teams as well.

This unique workshop will have participants out of their seats and on their feet actively practising the concepts improv teams use to develop great team players. Practising the 4 essential qualities of a great team player (collaboration, creativity, communication and trust) will show how you can become one and train others in your organisation. This hands on workshop provides actionable material for you to use back at work. You'll even get a flier with the top 20 games to take away.

During the workshop we'll play various short games. After each game I ask/explain what the benefits were, and in between games I make connections between improv teams and software teams. Everyone in the workshop is involved and has an equal voice. No one person dominates the team. All games involve laughing and each game teaches one or more of the core qualities of a great team player. All participants will leave with a smile on their face. At the end of the workshop each participant will feel like they are part of a new team and will have bonded with their teammates for the rest of the conference and possibly beyond.

You'll see first hand how these games will help your teams and learn the same techniques improv teachers use to train people. After this workshop, you'll be able to start your meetings with any of the 60 different 3 minute games at teamfirstdevelopment.com. These free games all work well over the phone and can be replayed.

You'll also learn how to bring some fun back to your workplace!

About the Speaker

Wayde is an agile coach at Asynchrony Labs. He has a passion for developing great team players using the same techniques as improv theater teams. He has over 20 years' experience as a software developer and has concentrated on Java since 1999. He is also an XP practitioner and former scrum master of the 2nd team to achieve Gold level certification at AT∓T in 2012.

Wayde has masters degrees in both computer science and engineering management. He is a Sun Certified Java Programmer (SCJP 1.1, 1.2, 6) and Certified Scrum Professional (CSP). His hobbies are cycling, chess and improv.


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