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These slides are from the second session Mark Levison and I did at Agile2010 (6/11/2010). Mark's contact information is mark@agilepainrelief.com, …

These slides are from the second session Mark Levison and I did at Agile2010 (6/11/2010). Mark's contact information is mark@agilepainrelief.com,
@mlevison. Mine is roger@moonriseconsulting.com, @rwbrown.

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  • These slides are from the second session Mark Levison and I did at Agile2010 (8/12/2010).

    Contact:
    mark@agilepainrelief.com, @mlevison
    roger@moonriseconsulting.com, @rwbrown.

    You can get the associated handout at http://www.agilecoachjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/handout_cc_agile2010.doc.
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  • 1. Continuous Creativity for Agile Teams
    Roger BrownMark LevisonAgile 2010
    © 2010 Roger.W.Brown
  • 2.
  • 3. Why should you care?
    Creativity increases productivity
    Your team can be more creative
    Knowing how it works makes it easier to achieve
    Teams can achieve a state of Group Flow
    Creativity can be nurtured
  • 4. Group Flow
    How to Nurture it
    Group Creativity
    Where does it come from?
    What is Creativity?
  • 5. What is Creativity?
  • 6. Would you like to be more creative?
  • 7. What is holding you back?
  • 8. Creative people work alone, right?
  • 9. Creative people are born that way, right?
  • 10.
  • 11. 2x + 3y = z
    And then it happened…
  • 12. What defines a creative idea?
    You tell us…
  • 13. What defines a creative idea?
  • Creativity helps with
    Problem Solving
    Refinement of Product and Process
    Invention and Innovation
  • 16. Have you ever tried really hard to be creative?
  • 17. Can creativity be learned?
    Aha!
    Mozart
    coffee
    brainstorm
    innovate
    think!
  • 18. There are many models for fostering creativity
  • 19. A Neuro-Based Model
    Attention
    Reflection
    Insight
    Action
  • 20. Exercise
    Using a single stroke, turn the Roman numeral seven, shown below, into an eight.
    VII
    If you get stuck, ask a partner for help
  • 21. Exercise
    Using a single stroke, turn the Roman numeral 9, shown below, into a 6.
    IX
    If you get stuck, ask a partner for help
  • 22. Exercise
    Using a single stroke, turn the Roman numeral nine, shown below, into a six.
    IX
    If you get stuck, ask a partner for help
  • 23. Where does creativity come from?
  • 24. Outdated Sources
    Smarties
  • Fact or Myth?We use only 10% of our brain.
  • 28. We use our whole brain, all the time
    Logical?
    Creative?
    Longer branches, more dendritic spines, less precise
    Shorter branches, fewer dendritic spines, more precise
  • 29. Brain Basics
  • 30. Most “Thinking” is Subconcious
  • 31. Brain Capacity and Speed
    Long Term Memory
    WorkingMemory
    slow
    real fast
  • 32. Test Drive
  • 33. Brain Circuits
    New Info
    Impasse
    Existing Neural Map 1
    Existing Neural Map 2
    New Neural Map
  • 34. What does creativity look like?
    © 2006 David Rock
  • 35. Brain Waves
    awareness reflection insight action
  • 36. Group Creativity
  • 37. Can a team be creative?
  • 38. Famous Collaborations
    • Apollo 13
    • 39. J.R.R.Tolkien and the Inklings
    • 40. Jobs and Wozniak
    • 41. Lennon and McCartney … and Harrison and Starr
  • Not-so-famous Collaborations
    • Morse – Jackson – Gale – Vale
    • 42. Darwin – Lyell – Malthus – Wallace
  • Exercise – 10 min
    Collaborative problem solving
    • Choose a partner
    • 43. Think of a challenge you have at work and write it
    down in 5 words or less
    • Read the challenge to your partner. Look for a feeling of impasse.
    • 44. Partner asks questions that facilitate reflection and watches facial expressions.
    • 45. key words: quiet, deep, close, hunch
    • 46. Switch roles after 4 minutes.
    • 47. Class debrief.
  • Impediments to Creativity
    You tell us…
  • 48. Our Top 5 Impediments to Creativity
    • Too much detail in goal
    • 49. Too open-ended a target
    • 50. Command and control
    • 51. Noisy, stressed mind
    • 52. Yes, but…
  • How to NurtureGroup Creativity
  • 53. EmotionalSafety
  • 54. Intrinsic Motivation
  • What About Stress?
    Performance
    Arousal
  • 58. The Group Creativity Toolbox
  • 59. Align to Common Goal
  • 60. Prepare
  • 61. Simple Factors
  • Check Assumptions
  • 64. Make it safe to fail
  • 65. Quiet Mind
  • 66. Appropriate Brainstorming
  • 67. Expand Your Universe
    • Engage outsiders
    • 68. Examine failures
    • 69. Remove predictability
  • Many Perspectives
    • Innovation Games ™
    • 70. Six Hats
    • 71. Agile Games
  • Group Flow
  • 72. Flow
    P
    Panic
    Anxiety
    Challenge
    Flow Channel
    Boredom
    Skill and Confidence
  • 73. Agile activities are continuous
    Can creativity be continuous?
  • 74. Group Goal
    nasahq photo
  • 75. Deep Listening
  • 76. Complete Concentration
  • 77. Autonomy
  • 78. Blending Egos
  • 79. Equal Participation
  • 80. Familiarity and Continuity
    Performing
    Performance
    Forming
    Norming
    Storming
    Forming Storming Norming Performing
  • 81. Constant Communication
  • 82. Moving Forward
    Yes, and… we can all wear hats like mine!
  • 83. Embrace Failure
  • 84. Exercise – 15 min
    Your turn
    • 5 min: Working in pairs, brainstorm 3 ways that you can help your team to become more creative.
    • 85. 5 min: As a group, filter the top 3 most interesting ideas generated at your table.
    • 86. 5 min: Debrief
  • Why should you care?
    Creativity increases productivity
    Your team can be more creative
    Knowing how it works makes it easier to achieve
    Teams can achieve a state of Group Flow
    Creativity can be nurtured
  • 87. Creativity is a series of many
    small insights
  • 88. The End
    Emmy Awards
    2000: Outstanding Writing - Comedy Series - won
    2001: Outstanding Writing - Comedy Series - won
    Writers Guild of America
    2001: Best Writing - Episodic Comedy - nominated
    2001: Best Writing - Episodic Comedy - nominated
    2003: Best Writing - Episodic Comedy - nominated
    2003: Best Writing - Episodic Comedy - nominated
    2004: Best Writing - Episodic Comedy - won
    2005: Best Writing - Episodic Comedy - nominated
    2006: Best Writing - Episodic Comedy - nominated
  • 89. Roger Brown , Moonrise Consulting
    roger@moonriseconsulting.com, @rwbrown
    Mark Levison, Agile Pain Relief Consulting
    mark@agilepainrelief.com, @mlevison