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Improvised IA
How Improv Allows Everyone to Craft Products
World IA Day 2016, Richmond
David Farkas @dafark8
#ImprovIA
February 2016
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WARM UP
THE BALL TOSS
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Target Practice
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INTRO TO IMPROV
WHAT IS THIS ANYWAYS?
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What is Improv? (A Brief History)
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Improv and UX
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Rules of Improv
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Rule 1 – Everything is True
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Rule 2 – Stop Trying to Make Funny
Happen
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Rule 3 – Failure is OK
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Rule 4 – Listen to the Scene
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Rule 5 – Support Your Players
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Rule 6 – Location, Location, Location
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Rule 7 – Raise the Stakes
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Rule 8 – Yield to the Strongest Offer
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Rule 9 – You are NOT the Star
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Rule 10 – Remember Everything
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Improv ≠ Unprepared
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Preparation ≠ Planned
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Audience Participation
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QUESTIONS (THE GAME)
HANDS ON
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QUESTIONS (THE GAME)
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IMPROV AND IA
WHY DOES THIS EVEN MATTER?
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IMPROV IN SALES
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Improv as Icebreaker
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RFP – Requirement Gathering
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Sales Presentations
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IMPROV IN
PRESENTATIONS
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We Already Perform
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Communicate Findings
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Presenting Concepts
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IMPROV IN
IDEA GENERATION
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Affinity Diagramming
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Taxonomy & Structure
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Participatory Design
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Whiteboarding/Brainstorming
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IMPROV IN
PRODUCT VALIDATION
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Technical Issues
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Participant Variables
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Secret – Don’t Call it Improv!
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BODYSTORMING
HANDS ON
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BODYSTORMING
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Resources
No Parking Players
www.noparkingplayers.ofpgh.org/?page=1
Rules of Improv Encyclopedia (Rules & Games)
improvencyclopedia.org/references/Rules_of_Improv.html
improvencyclopedia.org/games
Gamestorming (Improv For Us)
gamestorming.com
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Personal Favorites
• Bodystorming & Only Questions (performed today)
• Yes Lets
• Speed “Dating” (Sketching)
• Thunderdome Collaboration
• Murder Mystery
• Metaphors
• Foreign Movie
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QUESTIONS
THE Q&A TYPE

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WIAD16 Richmond - Improvised IA

Editor's Notes

  1. Light Ball like at concert (*2) Bowling Ball Golf Balls Tennis Balls Water Baloons Eggs Lawn dart
  2. Goal is movement, loosen the body Image: http://bit.ly/1IIlaXj
  3. 2 peka kucha Activities between for engagement Audience participation is just as key as acting!
  4. Predates written word. The act of putting on a performance or show in an unscripted manner. In UX/Design Improv predates process because we havent always known what we are doing Resource: http://www.improvcomedy.org/history.html Image: http://deeperintomovies.net/journal/image10/historyofworld2.jpg
  5. Much of improv in our field is the ability to delight and confuse – to reveal a creative process in a digestible and desirable way Resource: https://uxmag.com/articles/yes-and-the-improv-of-ux Image: http://i.ytimg.com/vi/-RQxD4Ff7dY/maxresdefault.jpg
  6. Rules according to the No Parking Players @ Carnegie Mellon https://fogsmoviereviews.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/captain_barbosa_with_jack_pirates_of_the_caribbean.png
  7. If an idea comes up, work with it. Don’t deny anything http://earnthis.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/willy-wonka-gene-wilder-chocolate-factory-237937.png
  8. Creativity happens through the process. Same with being funny
  9. Not every design we come up with is a success. Not every skit or performance is succinct http://i.ytimg.com/vi/r_1ZCUqxxYA/maxresdefault.jpg
  10. Active listening. Be aware of your fellow players. Don’t think about what you are going to say next. Absorb what is happening and respond naturally. http://www.flickeringmyth.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/real-steel-2.jpeg
  11. Similarly help each other out. If someone is struggling, give them a hand Image: http://www.celebrityfanweb.com/wallpapers/Three-Stooges/02/Three-Stooges.jpg
  12. Scene, Support, Structure, PEOPLE! Personas Image: http://i.ytimg.com/vi/FYf4U7Dnkqs/maxresdefault.jpg
  13. Make it BIGGER http://i.ytimg.com/vi/Jx0DLvxW3b8/maxresdefault.jpg
  14. Remember the last rule? As things get larger, go with it https://flavorwire.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/66-6-the-matrix.jpg
  15. Be the guy behind the guy You are not the star, the scene is the star https://michaelpiggott.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/swingers-jon-favreau-vince-vaughn.png
  16. Reincorporation. Reintegration http://www.screenrelish.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/limitless-powerful-and-charismatic.jpg
  17. Keywords
  18. Planned/Scripted Practiced, Themes, Trends Image: http://photos.vanityfair.com/2014/09/22/542061601019a3955fea40b5_image.png
  19. Even in exercises today where you are not actively performing you are still part of the scene in PIMPING ideas to the players and providing feedback (laughing, shifting around, etc) that leads to adjustments in the performance http://medias.photodeck.com/c45499a8-94c2-11e2-a340-178994350a0c/20121028-Hoopla.RockyHorror.Englert.JustinTorner-30_original_uxga.jpg
  20. Need a place Need an activity – What is something two people would not be likely to be doing at this place? AUDIENCE ROLE: BOOOOO (Or Die) New member comes in from the line and TAKES OVER THAT ROLE! ANY PLAYER can call SCENE at any time, which ends the skit. (Usually a performer)
  21. PIMPING: - Need a place - Need an activity – What is something two people would not be likely to be doing at this place? - Need a time period
  22. Team Building/Client Trust http://i.ytimg.com/vi/Y7mho_QpQIQ/maxresdefault.jpg
  23. RFP’s are often vague or open ended. Simple index card exercises can be performed quickly and easy and are ways to explore improv For instance, everyone in the room write down 3-5 cards of what they think the system should do, and order them top to bottom. You don’t even need to discuss (thought it’s helpful) and the team can the
  24. Even if what we do isn’t Community Theater http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-CQ_GKZzQzkg/VUQavLT8sUI/AAAAAAAABOo/QWfSfrXY1bU/s1600/wet%2Bhot%2Bamerican%2Bsummer.jpg
  25. Participatory Design
  26. http://i.ytimg.com/vi/TFCOapq3uYY/maxresdefault.jpg
  27. The Conversation https://notreallyworking.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/conversation_3.jpg
  28. PIMPING Need a technological problem looking to solve Looking for a demographic
  29. Sunni Brown, Dave Gray, James Macanufo
  30. If time permitting, do a game of Foreign Movie Foreign Movie – 4 players Pimp for Location, Time Period, and Roles 2 actors in gibberish 2 actors narrating for each
  31. Questions or one more game? Foreign Movie Foreign Movie – 4 players Pimp for Location, Time Period, and Roles, Language! 2 actors in gibberish; 2 actors narrating for each Slide Show 5-7 actors with a single or two presenter(s), telling a story of their trip to a ??? Instead of a trip, 2 people describing photos of people using a new technology. The actors get in positions and the presenters tell the story based on what they see. The actors then respond for each image based on what they are hearing the story unfold. Back Dancing Break off in pairs, must always remain with backs touching back to back. The catch it you are each dancing (and humming!) different song types. (slow dance and hip hop depending on what wall facing)