Build A Better Team With Improv

Geek Lifestyle
Location: D136 Level: Novice
Average rating: ****.
(4.71, 14 ratings)

Growing high-tech companies often spend thousands of dollars on corporate team building because it’s critical to get new groups working well together. In this workshop, two longtime corporate trainers (and principals in a successful high-tech start-up) teach the basics of improv-based team building exercises. You’ll come away with techniques and exercises you can take back to your own company, whether it’s a three-person start-up or a thousand-person dotcom heavyweight.

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 improv-focused team building. The “Yes And” philosophy of improv is valuable for managers, team members or anyone needing to simply get along better with co-workers. 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.

Great for anyone on any kind of team—development, marketing or business—as well as both native and non-native English speakers. No fire-walking, drum circles or touchy-feely stuff. Just real improv exercises for bringing groups together. A smash hit at OSCON 2011, so be sure to give your right brain some love and find out how to be the standout at your company.

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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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Mark Cornick


Mark Cornick is the Development and Operations Engineer at TeamSnap. He once took a class to learn to drive a Zamboni.

Emily Dobervich


Emily Dobervich programs things at TeamSnap. She also writes music sometimes.

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Michael Brewer
07/20/2012 10:25am PDT

Had a great time; fantastic (and extremely useful) tutorial! :)

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Rex Bennett
07/20/2012 5:21am PDT

This was a great tutorial and I would highly recommend it to almost anyone.

Robert Young
07/18/2012 8:10am PDT

Fantastic! Would definitely attend again. Refreshing, fun, and informative.

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Wade Minter
07/17/2012 2:29pm PDT

Thanks Shane – that’s a tough one. Being widely distributed (as we are at TeamSnap) makes a lot of this stuff significantly harder. My best suggestions at this point are to make sure everyone is interacting in your company chatrooms (or project communication area of choice), even if part of it is just goofing off and having fun. And if at all possible, try to arrange a few face-to-face meetings each year.

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Shane Curcuru
07/17/2012 2:23am PDT

The tutorial I’d most like to attend. Effective ways to help a bunch of co-workers to become a high-functioning community are a key thing.

Question: do you have any ideas/examples for distributed teams? I.e. a big issue in most open source projects (or distributed companies) is that people never/rarely get to meet F2F to do these kinds of exercises. Are there any that can help a committed group of email participants find ways to become a more effective community together?


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