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The Power of Play 
Making Good Teams Great 
By Portia Tung
Portia Tung 
Agile Coach, Storyteller, Playmaker 
Blog: www.selfishprogramming.org | Twitter: portiatung 
Email: portia@po...
Play at Work 
As a play seeker/play sceptic* 
I need ideas on how to play at work 
So that we can improve individual and t...
Seemingly purposeless 
Voluntary 
Inherent attraction 
Time flies by 
Play is… 
Reduces sense of self-consciousness 
Poten...
The Play Manifesto 
“Play is when you have more fun than purpose” 
Everyone’s invited 
An option not an obligation 
Opport...
Common Sense Caution
Playmaking Rules 
Communication 
Simplicity 
Feedback 
Courage 
Respect 
Based on the XP Values from Kent Beck and Cynthia...
Welcome to the Play Assessment…
“Play or Nay!”
Play or Nay?
Play or Nay?
Play or Nay?
Play or Nay?
Play or Nay?
Play or Nay?
Congratulations… 
Computer says you have play 
potential
When was the last time you played ……at work? 
When was the last time you played? 
The XP Game - Boston, Summer 2010 
www.x...
Play Seeker or Play Skeptic? 
[3] 
Can play 
Won’t play 
[1] 
Can play 
Want to play 
[4] 
Can’t play 
Won’t play 
[2] 
Ca...
Don’t be a sea squirt, be like Nemo 
instead
How many squares? 
Which is the correct answer? 
a)17 
b)26 
c)30 
d)None of the above
Why play? 
Shapes an organism’s brain 
Makes animals smarter and more adaptable 
Enables us to sustain social relationship...
Life’s Creative Circle 
0 – 1 Nothing 
1– 3 Minimalism 
3 – 5 Fantasy 
5 - 10 Beginnings of Copying 
Play Work 
10 - 15 Ar...
What’s the opposite of Play? 
Invention Growth 
Creativity & Innovation 
Play 
Purpose Competence 
Work 
Play as described...
SUPERHANDZ 
presents…
What’s the opposite of Play? 
Invention Growth 
Creativity & Innovation 
Play 
Purpose Competence 
Work 
Play as described...
The Opposite of Play 
Invention Growth 
Creativity & Innovation 
Play 
Purpose Competence 
Work 
[3] 
[3] 
Can play 
Won’t...
Your Recommended Daily Amount of Play 
5 – 10 mins of play per day 
1 day of play lasts up to a week 
Little and often
Tell us about your favourite childhood toy
Why should adults play? 
Breaks down barriers between people 
Opens the mind to enable learning 
Opens the heart to create...
Birthplace of the Agile Manifesto – Snowbird, 12 August 2011
How can we combine work with play?
How can you combine work with play?
1. Give yourself a break
2. Go for Social Play 
Savouring winter beers 
Copenhagen, 7 February 2011 
Bowling with aspiring Agile team 
London, 21 M...
3. Combine breaks with Social Play 
The Marshmallow Challenge at Oredev in Malmö, 7 November 2011 
www.marshmallowchalleng...
4. Combine personal development 
with Social Play 
The Business Value Game Beta Testing at Agile 2009 in Chicago, 24 – 28 ...
5. Play as training 
The Play Process Model by Scott Eberle, VP for interpretation at the Strong Museum of Play in New Yor...
6. Play for process improvement 
The Bottleneck Game – London, 6 August 2009 
www.agilecoach.net
7. All work and play 
The XP Game – Copenhagen, 6 August 2011
How can you combine work with play?
The Power Pose 
from Amy Cuddy 
http://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_shapes_who_you_are
How can you combine work with play?
Dear Playmaker… 
Isn’t it time you fulfilled your 
play potential?
Your Recommended Daily Amount of Play 
5 – 10 mins of play per day 
1 day of play lasts up to a week 
Little and often
Life’s Creative Circle 
0 – 1 Nothing 
1– 3 Minimalism 
3 – 5 Fantasy 
5 - 10 Beginnings of Copying 
Play Work 
10 - 15 Ar...
Life’s Creative Circle 
0 – 1 Nothing 
1– 3 Minimalism 
3 – 5 Fantasy 
5 - 10 Beginnings of Copying 
Play Work 
10 - 15 Ar...
Read Play Do! 
READ 
•“Play” by Stuart Brown M.D. – National Play Institute 
•“Playful Parenting” by Lawrence J. Cohen PH....
Play at Work 
As a play seeker/play sceptic* 
I need ideas on how to play at work 
So that we can improve individual and t...
The Play Manifesto 
“Play is when you have more fun than purpose” 
Everyone’s invited 
An option not an obligation 
Opport...
Don’t be a sea squirt, be like Nemo 
instead
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“Screw work let’s play!” Do you sometimes wish you could goof off work and play? In this interactive presentation, inspired by the theory and experience of play, we demonstrate why play isn’t just essential for creativity and innovation, but crucial to our survival and overall well-being.

Portia Tung investigates the relationship of work and play and demonstrate how, instead of being mutually exclusive, both are necessary for personal and group creativity and achievement.

The talk includes 7 guidelines for bringing more play into your life. And if you play your cards right, you’ll leave with plenty of ideas to achieve your recommended daily amount of play!

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The Power of Play - Making Good Teams Great

  1. 1. The Power of Play Making Good Teams Great By Portia Tung
  2. 2. Portia Tung Agile Coach, Storyteller, Playmaker Blog: www.selfishprogramming.org | Twitter: portiatung Email: portia@portiatung.org
  3. 3. Play at Work As a play seeker/play sceptic* I need ideas on how to play at work So that we can improve individual and team performance. Success Criteria [ ] I have a working knowledge of play [ ] I can explain the importance of play at work [ ] I have one or more ideas to try back at work [ ] I’ve had fun! * You choose
  4. 4. Seemingly purposeless Voluntary Inherent attraction Time flies by Play is… Reduces sense of self-consciousness Potential for improvisation Desire to keep going Stuart Brown M.D., Founder of the National Institute of Play
  5. 5. The Play Manifesto “Play is when you have more fun than purpose” Everyone’s invited An option not an obligation Opportunity to give and receive Game-changing www.playmaking.org with Portia and Friends
  6. 6. Common Sense Caution
  7. 7. Playmaking Rules Communication Simplicity Feedback Courage Respect Based on the XP Values from Kent Beck and Cynthia Andres
  8. 8. Welcome to the Play Assessment…
  9. 9. “Play or Nay!”
  10. 10. Play or Nay?
  11. 11. Play or Nay?
  12. 12. Play or Nay?
  13. 13. Play or Nay?
  14. 14. Play or Nay?
  15. 15. Play or Nay?
  16. 16. Congratulations… Computer says you have play potential
  17. 17. When was the last time you played ……at work? When was the last time you played? The XP Game - Boston, Summer 2010 www.xpgame.be by Pascal Van Cauwenberghe and Vera Peeters
  18. 18. Play Seeker or Play Skeptic? [3] Can play Won’t play [1] Can play Want to play [4] Can’t play Won’t play [2] Can’t play Want to play low high Knowhow low high Desire [3] Can play Won’t play [1] Can play Want to play [4] Can’t play Won’t play [2] Can’t play Want to play
  19. 19. Don’t be a sea squirt, be like Nemo instead
  20. 20. How many squares? Which is the correct answer? a)17 b)26 c)30 d)None of the above
  21. 21. Why play? Shapes an organism’s brain Makes animals smarter and more adaptable Enables us to sustain social relationships Fuels creativity and innovation
  22. 22. Life’s Creative Circle 0 – 1 Nothing 1– 3 Minimalism 3 – 5 Fantasy 5 - 10 Beginnings of Copying Play Work 10 - 15 Art becomes grown up 15 - 20 Need to change the world 20 - 25 Beginnings of political awareness 25 - 30 Maturity 30 – 40 Hell bent on success 40 – 45 Repeating success 85 – 100 Inhibitions lost. 75 - 85 Youth regained 50 - 60 re-inventing yourself 50 The Watershed 45 – 50 Trying to keep up with 25-year-olds 60 - 75 A gentle descent into senility Don’t give a damn. ME, ME, ME. “It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be” By Paul Arden © 2003 Phaidon Press Limited Creativity-Play-Work Mashup by Portia Tung
  23. 23. What’s the opposite of Play? Invention Growth Creativity & Innovation Play Purpose Competence Work Play as described in “Play“ by Stuart Brown, M.D, with Christopher Vaughan © 2010 Penguin Books Ltd
  24. 24. SUPERHANDZ presents…
  25. 25. What’s the opposite of Play? Invention Growth Creativity & Innovation Play Purpose Competence Work Play as described in “Play” by Stuart Brown, M.D, with Christopher Vaughan © 2010 Penguin Books Ltd
  26. 26. The Opposite of Play Invention Growth Creativity & Innovation Play Purpose Competence Work [3] [3] Can play Won’t play Can play Won’t play [1] [1] Can play Want to play Can play Want to play [4] [4] Can’t play Won’t play Can’t play Won’t play [2] [2] Can’t play Want to play Can’t play Want to play Depression Play as described in “Play” by Stuart Brown, M.D, with Christopher Vaughan © 2010 Penguin Books Ltd Featuring Play Seeker Play Sceptic Quadrant by Portia Tung
  27. 27. Your Recommended Daily Amount of Play 5 – 10 mins of play per day 1 day of play lasts up to a week Little and often
  28. 28. Tell us about your favourite childhood toy
  29. 29. Why should adults play? Breaks down barriers between people Opens the mind to enable learning Opens the heart to create a connection Source of joy Source of hope The XP Game – London, 22 – 23 April 2010
  30. 30. Birthplace of the Agile Manifesto – Snowbird, 12 August 2011
  31. 31. How can we combine work with play?
  32. 32. How can you combine work with play?
  33. 33. 1. Give yourself a break
  34. 34. 2. Go for Social Play Savouring winter beers Copenhagen, 7 February 2011 Bowling with aspiring Agile team London, 21 March 2009
  35. 35. 3. Combine breaks with Social Play The Marshmallow Challenge at Oredev in Malmö, 7 November 2011 www.marshmallowchallenge.com
  36. 36. 4. Combine personal development with Social Play The Business Value Game Beta Testing at Agile 2009 in Chicago, 24 – 28 August 2009 http://www.agilebelgium.be/businessvaluegame/
  37. 37. 5. Play as training The Play Process Model by Scott Eberle, VP for interpretation at the Strong Museum of Play in New York Anticipation Pleasure Surprise Understanding Mastery Poise Tribal Leadership Workshop by Portia Tung at XP Days Benelux in Mechelen, 1 - 2 December 2011 http://www.slideshare.net/portiatung/tribal-leadership-create-the-place-where-you-long-to-belong-powerpoint-version Poise picture by Menno van Eekelen
  38. 38. 6. Play for process improvement The Bottleneck Game – London, 6 August 2009 www.agilecoach.net
  39. 39. 7. All work and play The XP Game – Copenhagen, 6 August 2011
  40. 40. How can you combine work with play?
  41. 41. The Power Pose from Amy Cuddy http://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_shapes_who_you_are
  42. 42. How can you combine work with play?
  43. 43. Dear Playmaker… Isn’t it time you fulfilled your play potential?
  44. 44. Your Recommended Daily Amount of Play 5 – 10 mins of play per day 1 day of play lasts up to a week Little and often
  45. 45. Life’s Creative Circle 0 – 1 Nothing 1– 3 Minimalism 3 – 5 Fantasy 5 - 10 Beginnings of Copying Play Work 10 - 15 Art becomes grown up 15 - 20 Need to change the world 20 - 25 Beginnings of political awareness 25 - 30 Maturity 30 – 40 Hell bent on success 40 – 45 Repeating success 85 – 100 Inhibitions lost. 75 - 85 Youth regained 50 - 60 re-inventing yourself 50 The Watershed 45 – 50 Trying to keep up with 25-year-olds 60 - 75 A gentle descent into senility Don’t give a damn. ME, ME, ME. “It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be” By Paul Arden © 2003 Phaidon Press Limited Creativity-Play-Work Mashup by Portia Tung
  46. 46. Life’s Creative Circle 0 – 1 Nothing 1– 3 Minimalism 3 – 5 Fantasy 5 - 10 Beginnings of Copying Play Work 10 - 15 Art becomes grown up 15 - 20 Need to change the world 20 - 25 Beginnings of political awareness 25 - 30 Maturity 30 – 40 Hell bent on success 40 – 45 Repeating success 85 – 100 Inhibitions lost. 75 - 85 Youth regained 50 - 60 re-inventing yourself 50 The Watershed 45 – 50 Trying to keep up with 25-year-olds 60 - 75 A gentle descent into senility Don’t give a damn. ME, ME, ME. “It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be” By Paul Arden © 2003 Phaidon Press Limited Creativity-Play-Work Mashup by Portia Tung
  47. 47. Read Play Do! READ •“Play” by Stuart Brown M.D. – National Play Institute •“Playful Parenting” by Lawrence J. Cohen PH.D •"The Power of Play: How educational games accelerate learning and bring about enduring change" by Portia Tung @agilejournal.org •“The Power of Play” by Portia Tung on slideshare.com PLAY •www.playmaking.org •marshmallowchallenge.com •www.xpgame.be •www.agilefairytales.org •www.agilecoach.net •www.tastycupcakes.org •www.innovationgames.org DO •Emily Fox as Cupstacking Champion - http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=xNG3sgk02Lc •Daniel Wolpert – The Real Reason for Brains - Ted.com and search for “Play” •Steve Keil – A play manifesto for play, Bulgaria and beyond – Ted.com •playmanifesto.org •agilegames2011.org •play4agile.org
  48. 48. Play at Work As a play seeker/play sceptic* I need ideas on how to play at work So that we can improve individual and team performance. Success Criteria [ ] I have a working knowledge of play [ ] I can explain the importance of play at work [ ] I have one or more ideas to try back at work [ ] I’ve had fun! * You choose
  49. 49. The Play Manifesto “Play is when you have more fun than purpose” Everyone’s invited An option not an obligation Opportunity to give and receive Game-changing www.playmaking.org with Portia and Friends Twitter: portiatung Email: portia@portiatung.org Blog: www.selfishprogramming.org
  50. 50. Don’t be a sea squirt, be like Nemo instead

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