DevOps West 2018 Concurrent Session : Three-Minute Improv Games to Improve Your Teams

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Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Three-Minute Improv Games to Improve Your Teams

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The problem with many agile teams is that they simply never become a team. This often manifests itself as team members feeling unsafe or not quite trusting each other. This workshop will show you how the same techniques improv theater troupes use to improve collaboration, creativity, and communication can be used to help agile teams, too. The three-minute improv warm-up games Wayde Stallmann will lead you through in this session—including improv's famous "yes, and" technique—will help you learn to establish trust, improve collaboration, and learn how to provide a safe environment for your team to bond. You also will get a flier explaining the top twenty improv games, allowing you to leave with actionable material to use immediately upon returning to work so that you can help your team reach its full potential.

Wayde Stallmann
Asynchrony Labs

Wayde Stallmann is an agile coach at Asynchrony Labs. He was a Java developer for fifteen years and realized it's more important to work together well rather than to just be a great individual performer. He spent a lot of time learning techniques to teach better and enhance team dynamics. Many of the lessons he learned were from improv theater. He's presented this particular workshop in England twice, in Portugal and India, and eight times across the US.