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Jazz Improvisation as a Model for Radical Collaboration


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Jazz improvisation as a model for radical collaboration

There are no mistakes in jazz, only missed opportunities. If someone plays a “wrong note,” the only mistake the rest of the band can make is to not respond to it. Improvisation can only happen when the conditions allow for musicians to take risks and experiment.

Now imagine your teams were like that and everyone at work was on the same page. It is possible to achieve this level of intense teamwork, and I’ll show you how.

This talk is for anyone involved in the ideation, design, development, and measurement of new products, services, or features; be they web, mobile, or analogue.

Whether your focus is strategy, product management, engineering, or user experience design, you're sure to learn valuable ways to increase your teams' creativity and collaboration.

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Jazz Improvisation as a Model for Radical Collaboration

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  2. 2. Photo : Don Hunstein, used with permission
  3. 3. Photo : Don Hunstein, used with permission
  4. 4. 12-Bar Blues
  5. 5. 12-Bar Blues 16-Bar
  6. 6. 12-Bar Blues 16-Bar A A B A 32-Bar AABA
  7. 7. The reality is that we have no idea what the end state will be...
  8. 8. Like jazz improv, products, brands and services are never finished.
  9. 9. Photo: Jim Kalbach
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  11. 11. Thaler, E. - This image was provided to Wikimedia Commons by the German Federal Archive - CC-BY-SA-3.0-de
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  13. 13. …we don’t have any management, and nobody “reports to” anybody else. We do have a founder/president, but even he isn’t your manager. This company is yours to steer — toward opportunities and away from risks.
  14. 14. They will bring … creativity, passion, character, and collaborative spirit—their humanity, in other words.
  15. 15. If what is demanded of managers today is empathy (more than execution, more than expertise), then we must ask: what new roles and organizational structures make sense…? All the questions about management are back on the table – and we can’t find the answers soon enough.
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  17. 17. Thank You