8LU Workshop w/ Ian Carroll - Improv Theatre for Software Teams

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8th Light Chicago

25 E. Washington, Suite 509 · Chicago, IL

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5th Floor across from the elevators

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Join us Friday, May 24th for an 8th Light University workshop by 8th Light software crafter Ian Carroll!

Improv Theatre for Software Teams.

Please note that space is limited for this event. There will only be 16 slots available, so if you RSVP and do not intend to show up, please update your RSVP.



12:15 - 12:30: Lunch Service
12:30 - 3:00: Workshop
3:00: Questions/Networking


The agile manifesto places a strong emphasis on human connection when organizing teams of software professionals. XP practices, such as mob and pair programming further formalize that emphasis to produce higher quality software.

In this on-your-feet workshop, we'll be exploring the techniques of improv theatre as tools to to build rapport and rapid communication for the human connections that team programming depends on. We'll be exploring improv concepts such as status, second circle, and accepting offers. We'll allow ourselves to be silly, vulnerable, delighted by failure, and open to connection. Form those experiences, we'll discuss what value those techniques might bring to high-functioning software teams.


Ian Carroll is a Software Crafter at 8th Light. Before completing the apprenticeship, he created a personal scrum to drive his self-guided-learning in software development. Outside of software, he performs in full-length improvised plays in the style Jane Austen or Tennessee Williams at Impro Studio in Los Angeles, and has studied Shakespeare at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. His degree is in Theatre. He also enjoys a good cup of tea.


Lunch will be provided by 8th Light (https://8thlight.com/).

As this is a hands on workshop, we will not be streaming or recording this event.

Want to learn more about 8th Light? Hang out after the presentation to chat with one of our crafters and find out how 8th Light is changing the software community.

If you have trouble finding the office, please call Nicole (804)[masked]