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The improv session I gave at the Global Scrum Gathering New Orleans 2014.

The improv session I gave at the Global Scrum Gathering New Orleans 2014.

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  • 1. COLLABORATING WITH COMEDY @PAULKGODDARD #sgnola
  • 2. Whose line is it anyway?
  • 3. Viola Spolin (1906 – 1994) Keith Johnstone (1933 – )
  • 4. GIFT BOX
  • 5. (DISCUSS)
  • 6. YES, AND…
  • 7. YES, •  Appreciation •  Acknowledgement •  Heard •  Validation •  Encouragement •  Acceptance AND... •  Adding •  Building •  Collaborating •  Connecting •  Inspiring •  Creating
  • 8. CRUDE HUMOR
  • 9. MY BOSS IS A DUMB-ASS
  • 10. (DISCUSS)
  • 11. Status & Safety •  ‘playful’ insults can help a team work with status more easily •  we must be able accept our own weaknesses in order to feel safe •  “Remember teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability.” - Lencioni
  • 12. BLIND OFFERS
  • 13. Spontaneity •  An offer is the basic unit of currency for improv •  Accepting an offer allows action to develop •  Low status players tend to accept offers •  High status players tend to refuse offers (unless they feel they can control them)
  • 14. DELIGHT
  • 15. Spontaneity •  Anything which prevents action is called a ‘block’ •  Blocking is a natural response to fear and uncertainty •  Blocking tends to be aggressive (high status) •  Good improvisers are able to turn a block into an offer
  • 16. LAST LETTER FIRST
  • 17. REALLY Listening R elax, but remain present. E ngage yourself completely into what it being said. Nothing else will distract you from that moment. A llow the speaker to finish before you start. L ose the desire to plan what you say or do next. Be in the moment, something could change. L ink the previous to the current. Join the story together. Y es, and. Confirm and accept.
  • 18. QUESTIONS ONLY
  • 19. Perfectionism •  The education system rewards the perfect answer •  This has led to a fear of imperfection •  Humans crave quick solutions to even the most complex problems •  “A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.” – Bruce Lee
  • 20. THE THREE HEADED EXPERT
  • 21. THANK YOU! @PAULKGODDARD #sgnola