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Improv as Agile Technique at XP Days Benelux

Published on February 26, 2013 by in Demos

Here is a nice video from running my tutorial at XP dyas in Benelux. The attendees are all Agile gurus, so I was happy to see that they really loved it, and that they were good at it. Indeed, as far as I claim that this is a good metaphor to agile design, if agile gurus were not good at it, we would either have fake gurus either a wrong metaphor, indeed. Well, here is a nice little video shot by a participant during an improv dedicated to the (now famous) car-sharing example. At around 80 seconds you see them inventing a brilliant security feature for such systems: use the camera of your phone to check that the people who will pick you up are somehow safe. After two or three years using this example, I never had that idea, and they just invented this in a brilliant improvisation after no more than 60 minutes

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Improv as agile design technique @ CAISE 2012

Published on March 16, 2012 by in Demos

A new variant of the improv’ tutorial has been accepted, this time at CAISE, Gdansk, this summer 2012. This is a “Rank A” conference, the definite top in Information Systems… Through actually playing improvisational theatre games in groups, participants will be given the chance to feel what it takes to innovate in teams, and will experiment with a technique that enables rapid scenario generation, producing real-time creative experience-centered prototypes. This time we will focus on the creative design session. After warming-up exercises, we will pretend that we are a group of stakeholders (including problem owners, developers, experts) willing to invent a new software product. We will use guided improvisations as an experience-based technique, inventing user stories on the fly, and commenting them in order to determine what our product should or should not do. So, while some play out scenarios they invent on the fly guided by the improv’ coach, others watch and comment, take

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