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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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Improv as Mini-Tutorial @ RCIS’12

Published on February 10, 2012 by in Demos, slider

Creativity and Collaboration are recognized as important challenges by the Information Systems community. And Improvisation is seen as a state-of-the-art potential solution. How can I tell ? Well, our mini-tutorial, “Improvisational Theater for Information Systems: Breathing Collaboration and Creativity into your Developments” has been invited at RCIS’12, the 6th international conference on Research Challenges in Information Science, to be held in May, in Valencia, Spain. This time it’s closer than RE’10, in Sydney (see post). The outline of the tutorial illustrates what can be done in 90 minutes, the real minimum for a discovery of what improv can do for creativity and collaboration in development teams. Outline of the tutorial 1) Introduction (10’): We first briefly define creativity, motivate the need for it, and then expose some theoretical bases that establish the link between improv and creativity. 2) Awareness exercise (10’): This first exercise will raise group awareness and open people’s mind for the remainder

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Improv for Engineers: mini-tutorial in Sydney

Published on January 13, 2012 by in Demos

We were invited to showcast our improv-based techniques a the Requirements Engineering 2010 Conference in Sydney. Despite the very hard circumstances (video filming you, scientists colleagues watching you), 10 brave volunteers played the game. And played it very well. Thanks to them.

 
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