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Wednesday, August 5 • 14:00 - 15:15
Agile Jesters, Magicians, and Clowns: Using the unexpected to move mountains and your team (Adam Weisbart) POPULAR

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Scrum is excellent at helping surface team and organizational dysfunction, but dealing with dysfunction can be uncomfortable. As an agilist, how do you help your team work through these newly voiced challenges?
Court jesters have a long history of helping give voice to uncomfortable truths, often speaking words that would have others killed. In the 1300's when the French fleet was destroyed by the English at the Battle of Sluys, the French king's jester told him that the English sailors "don't even have the guts to jump into the water like our brave French". This session will help you become an agile jester - speaking difficult truths through humor.
During this workshop you'll get hands-on experience using practical tools drawn from improvisational comedy, the art of magic, and clowning. Every agilist should have these tools in their bag of tricks.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Discover improvisational comedy techniques and games to help elevate the mood of your team, discover hidden strengths, and find solutions to challenges your team is facing
  • Learn new retrospective techniques that will give your team an enjoyable, fulfilling, and powerful way to solve their current challenges
  • Experience how sudden juxtapositions, like those found in jokes, can help your team discover solutions to problems that seemed unsolvable

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Adam Weisbart

Corporate Agilist, Weisbart Consulting, Inc
Adam is a passionate Certified Scrum Trainer and Agile Coach based in San Francisco. He has created several training modules including Build Your Own Scrum which is used by trainers around the world to teach Scrum from the back of the room. He's the creator of the viral video "Sh*t Bad Scrum Masters Say", the baker of Retrospective Cookies, and author of the upcoming book Agile Antipatterns: The Scrum Master's Guide to Traps, Tripwires... Read More →

Wednesday August 5, 2015 14:00 - 15:15
National Harbor 3