COLLABORATING WITH
COMEDY
@PAULKGODDARD #sgnola
Whose line
is it
anyway?
Viola Spolin
(1906 – 1994)
Keith Johnstone
(1933 – )
GIFT BOX
(DISCUSS)
YES, AND…
YES,
•  Appreciation
•  Acknowledgement
•  Heard
•  Validation
•  Encouragement
•  Acceptance
AND...
•  Adding
•  Building...
CRUDE HUMOR
MY BOSS
IS A
DUMB-ASS
(DISCUSS)
Status & Safety
•  ‘playful’ insults can help a team
work with status more easily
•  we must be able accept our own
weakne...
BLIND
OFFERS
Spontaneity
•  An offer is the basic unit of
currency for improv
•  Accepting an offer allows action
to develop
•  Low sta...
DELIGHT
Spontaneity
•  Anything which prevents action is
called a ‘block’
•  Blocking is a natural response to
fear and uncertaint...
LAST
LETTER
FIRST
REALLY Listening
R elax, but remain present.
E ngage yourself completely into what it being
said. Nothing else will distra...
QUESTIONS
ONLY
Perfectionism
•  The education system rewards the
perfect answer
•  This has led to a fear of
imperfection
•  Humans crave...
THE THREE
HEADED
EXPERT
THANK YOU!
@PAULKGODDARD #sgnola
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The improv session I gave at the Global Scrum Gathering New Orleans 2014.

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  1. 1. COLLABORATING WITH COMEDY @PAULKGODDARD #sgnola
  2. 2. Whose line is it anyway?
  3. 3. Viola Spolin (1906 – 1994) Keith Johnstone (1933 – )
  4. 4. GIFT BOX
  5. 5. (DISCUSS)
  6. 6. YES, AND…
  7. 7. YES, •  Appreciation •  Acknowledgement •  Heard •  Validation •  Encouragement •  Acceptance AND... •  Adding •  Building •  Collaborating •  Connecting •  Inspiring •  Creating
  8. 8. CRUDE HUMOR
  9. 9. MY BOSS IS A DUMB-ASS
  10. 10. (DISCUSS)
  11. 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. 12. BLIND OFFERS
  13. 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. 14. DELIGHT
  15. 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. 16. LAST LETTER FIRST
  17. 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. 18. QUESTIONS ONLY
  19. 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. 20. THE THREE HEADED EXPERT
  21. 21. THANK YOU! @PAULKGODDARD #sgnola

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