Agile development teams are at the forefront of the new creative economy as they participate in creating products that impact, disrupt, and change the way we work, communicate, and play. To “Do Agile,” teams employ practices such as Scrum, Kanban, XP, and SAFe to accomplish their work. While it’s important for Agile teams to constantly improve their ability to Do Agile (the practices), it is also important to develop the mindset and behaviors of Agility--to “Be Agile.” According to Jim Highsmith Being Agile is “more about self-organization, innovation, disruptive thinking, fast learning, constant feedback, interpersonal dynamics, and culture.” Well, how do we train to “Be Agile”? Improvisational Theater provides a wonderful model. Robie Wood and Jody Wood team to provide an experiential learning session, derived from Improvisational Theater, that is fun, lively, engaging and leaves a lasting impact. Participants experience and walk away with a sample of exercises targeted at improving their Servant Leadership skills as well as abilities to collaborate, make quick decisions, and to adapt. To “Be Agile.”
J Robie Wood
With over 31 years’ experience as a business leader, program manager and information technology practitioner, Robie Wood is specializing in Information Technology program strategy and delivery with emphasis on building and leading strong Agile teams and organizations. He has led numerous programs and projects including multi-year, multi-skill, efforts. Robie has served as a Scrum Master, Release Train Engineer, Agile Transformation Leader, Agile Coach, and Agile Trainer. Robie has presented at conferences and workshops on business intelligence, project management, and team agility. His clients have included federal, state and county governments as well as commercial entities in the financial and physical security industries. Robie can be reached at [masked] and can be followed on Twitter at @ImprovAgility
As a professional actor, facilitator, and trainer for almost 30 years, Jody Wood has worked in every aspect of show business from Improv to Theater, Film, Television, and Radio. Through it all the very root of Jody’s work has been improvisation. About 15 years ago Jody began conducting workshops based on the mindset and practices of Improvisational Theater to train sales teams, managers, and executives to improve their abilities to create, collaborate, communicate, lead, and respond positively to change. Jody now brings his experience and skill to ImprovAgility with a focus on using Improv techniques to train individuals and teams to “Be Agile.” Jody can be reached at [masked]
Location: Spotify is on 45 W. 18th Street. That's between 6th and 5th avenues, above the Bed Bath and Beyond. Note that for this meeting, we'll be on the 3rd floor.