26–28 October 2015
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Improve your team with improv

Andrew Berkowitz (TeamSnap), Wade Minter (Custom Communications)
13:30–17:00 Wednesday, 28/10/2015
Collaboration and Craft
Location: D403
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 6 ratings)
Slides:   1-PDF 

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Description

Every year, companies waste millions of dollars and countless employee hours because of an inability to communicate. In this workshop, two longtime corporate trainers (and principals in successful high-tech startups) teach the basics of applied improv for better communication, idea generation and decision making. You’ll come away with techniques and exercises you can take back to your own company, your distributed team or your Github-based open source project.

This is not a lecture, but an on-your-feet workshop. Participants will move, laugh and get to know each other while learning the basics of applied improvisation. The “Yes And” philosophy of improv is valuable for managers, team members or anyone needing to get their group on the same page. No need to take notes — all participants will receive a link to the entire curriculum, as well as additional exercises and information they can take back to their own companies.

Improv works for any kind of team — development, marketing or business — as well as across language barriers. No fire-walking, drum circles or touchy-feely stuff. Just real improv exercises for improving communication and decision making.

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Andrew Berkowitz

TeamSnap

Andrew Berkowitz is a founder and Chief Creative Officer at TeamSnap.com. He is also head coach of ComedySportz Portland, a branch of the international Comedy Improv Theater.

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Wade Minter

Custom Communications

H. Wade Minter is the chief technology officer at Custom Communications in Raleigh, NC. Previously, he was part of the founding team and CTO at TeamSnap and the engineering lead at WeaveUp and Adwerx. He is also the public address announcer for the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes and the ring announcer for GOUGE Professional Wrestling. He leads a weird life.

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8/11/2015 23:01 CET

Thank you, Andrew and Wade and the participants in this course.
Marvellous how we can know each other, and become friends, in a couple of hours!
I have experienced some other “methods” to form a group befeore, but IMPROV is what I advise since OSCON2015 amsterdam.

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29/10/2015 0:29 CET

Thanks so much to all who attended! Detailed notes from the session are now available:

Improve Your Team With Improv Notes

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