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Yes, My Tuatara Loves to Cha-Cha Improv, Creativity and Design

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From UX New Zealand 2015 - Improv is not ‘stand-up comedy’ but a series of games that offer huge degrees of freedom within a set of constraints. During improv, we bring out quickly-understood-and-communicated rules of culture that are implicit, not explicit.

Design and improv have important similarities. Both practices involve collaboration and brainstorming; an emphasis on breakthrough thinking; in-the-moment aspects and ‘Aha!’ moments; a balance of process, structure, and unfettered creativity; an enormous unspoken interaction; and the need to learn upon reflection.

Playing with improv can help us to be more mindful of the power of listening, to create a more collaborative work culture, to develop our own creativity, and to warm up teammates and clients in workshops and design sessions.

In this interactive presentation, you’ll learn about improv, listening, and creativity, and how each supports the others. No tuataras will be harmed.

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Yes, My Tuatara Loves to Cha-Cha Improv, Creativity and Design

  1. 1. 1 Yes, My Tuatara Loves to Cha-Cha Improv, Creativity and Design Steve Portigal @steveportigal
  2. 2. Yes, My Tuatara Loves to Cha-Cha Portigal Click to edit Master title style Introduction
  3. 3. Yes, My Tuatara Loves to Cha-Cha Portigal Click to edit Master title style Define and experience improv Look at research, creativity, design Overlaps, similarities and parallels Some implicit; some explicit Insight into new ways of thinking Rather than rundown of how Portigal Consulting uses improv in consulting engagements Today (and what’s this about tuataras?) No tuataras will be harmed.
  4. 4. Yes, My Tuatara Loves to Cha-Cha Portigal Click to edit Master title style We help companies to plan strategically for user research and to unlock their research super powers. Portigal
  5. 5. Yes, My Tuatara Loves to Cha-Cha Portigal Click to edit Master title style Resources, presentations and to purchase http://rosenfeldmedia.com/books/interviewing-users/ Interviews with in-house user research leaders http://portigal.com/series/DollarsToDonuts/ Coming in 2016 http://rosenfeldmedia.com/books/epic-fail/
  6. 6. Yes, My Tuatara Loves to Cha-Cha Portigal Click to edit Master title style Improv: The funny will come
  7. 7. Yes, My Tuatara Loves to Cha-Cha Portigal Click to edit Master title styleImprov is not stand-up comedy In contrast to improv, stand-up is Highly scripted Rehearsed, with nano-second timing
  8. 8. Yes, My Tuatara Loves to Cha-Cha Portigal Click to edit Master title styleImprov is... A highly-constrained performance with several open parameters Elements of problem solving Unscripted Specifics assigned right before performance starts “Your first idea is often your best idea” Emphasis on playfulness over being funny “I could never do that, because I’m not funny” It can be (at times) funny to watch, but not about trying to be funny “The funny will come” “Don’t let logic impede your fancy” Improv is cheaper than therapy
  9. 9. Yes, My Tuatara Loves to Cha-Cha Portigal Click to edit Master title style Corporate training on collaboration and creativity Meeting facilitation/ideation warm-up Informance (from Interval Research) User research methods Improv finds it way into many areas At Pixar, when someone suggests an idea, others should respond with “Yes, and ...” They’ve used improv to create the most trusting environment possible where people can screw up. Pixar tells story behind 'Toy Story‘, SF Chronicle, 8/23/05
  10. 10. Yes, My Tuatara Loves to Cha-Cha Portigal Click to edit Master title styleImprov and collaboration Throwing an idea Accepting offers/saying yes Trust Listening Setting up the spike Chris Miller emphasizes that your task in improv is to make your partner look good.
  11. 11. Yes, My Tuatara Loves to Cha-Cha Portigal Click to edit Master title styleImprov Dark Patterns
  12. 12. Yes, My Tuatara Loves to Cha-Cha Portigal Click to edit Master title styleImprov can bring Insights about humor Confidence in public speaking Timing Did I mention therapy? Building skills in listening
  13. 13. Yes, My Tuatara Loves to Cha-Cha Portigal Click to edit Master title styleGame: Storytelling Circle
  14. 14. Yes, My Tuatara Loves to Cha-Cha Portigal Click to edit Master title style Designing for users: needs and culture
  15. 15. Yes, My Tuatara Loves to Cha-Cha Portigal Click to edit Master title styleInterviewing users requires expert listening At this level, most people can’t do this without extensive training and practice Listening is more than not talking when the other person talks How is what you do or say next, after they finish talking, influenced by what they just said, or have said previously? Interviewing looks and feels like ordinary conversation – but it isn’t!
  16. 16. Yes, My Tuatara Loves to Cha-Cha Portigal Click to edit Master title styleListening is in the body as well as the ears/eyes Yes! Not so much.
  17. 17. Yes, My Tuatara Loves to Cha-Cha Portigal Click to edit Master title style Game: Telephone 2.0
  18. 18. Yes, My Tuatara Loves to Cha-Cha Portigal Click to edit Master title styleChange and Conformity in Balance “Folks pick up on the surrounding cultures in at least somewhat idiosyncratic ways…Even with a world of conformers, each conformer thus acts differently. With each striving to emulate the other, there will be a never- ending chain of adoptions and adaptations that, as they move throughout the network, change the substance.”
  19. 19. Yes, My Tuatara Loves to Cha-Cha Portigal Click to edit Master title styleBad ideas get you unstuck Immoral Dangerous Bad for business
  20. 20. Yes, My Tuatara Loves to Cha-Cha Portigal Click to edit Master title styleBad ideas get you unstuck
  21. 21. Yes, My Tuatara Loves to Cha-Cha Portigal Click to edit Master title style So where does this leave us?
  22. 22. Yes, My Tuatara Loves to Cha-Cha Portigal Click to edit Master title styleEmerging principle: giving space to others Multiple interviewers Build on the ideas of others Let there be silence technique Make your best contribution by not talking The Kids In The Hall are each hilariously talented, but know how to keep quiet to make the scene work.
  23. 23. Yes, My Tuatara Loves to Cha-Cha Portigal Click to edit Master title styleBalance: Structure for Freedom In user research, we anticipate the flow of the discussion, but it can go in new directions – that’s the a-ha moment you are looking for Improv games give structure, we have a beginning, and then we “look for the ending” In ideation, we use a process to think divergently Fuel creativity: extinguish I can’t do that by breaking problems into smaller solvable ones and reframing success
  24. 24. Yes, My Tuatara Loves to Cha-Cha Portigal Click to edit Master title styleTakeaway: Try a little more “yes” When someone teases you (just listen to how comics go back and forth), try responding with yes. Even if you don’t add the “and…” the act of yes can change the dynamic. Gain control by giving up control. Try it in a situation you wouldn’t expect to. If I ever become a New Age guru offering a spiritual path to a happier life, this will be the way I’ll present myself.
  25. 25. Yes, My Tuatara Loves to Cha-Cha Portigal Click to edit Master title styleHungry for more? Attend an improv class Attend an improv show Start your own improv class Watch improv or improv-based stuff
  26. 26. Yes, My Tuatara Loves to Cha-Cha Portigal Click to edit Master title style @steveportigal steve@portigal.com www.portigal.com Thank you!

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