AFH 063: Agile Improv with Jessie Shternshus [PODCAST]

Jessie Shternshus (@TheImprovEffect) and Amitai Schleier (@schmonz) joined Ryan Ripley (@RyanRipley) to discuss how improv skills can help make your agile teams awesome.

Jessie Shternshus

Jessie is the founder of The Improv Effect where her goal is to help businesses reach their full potential by means of interpersonal-communication skills training. Throughout the years, She has worked with top companies such as Groupon, Fidelity Investments, Johnson & Johnson, Getty Images, The PGA Tour, and Crayola to achieve teamwork, creative problem solving tools, on-boarding, presentation skills, and product development ideation sessions. Jessie co-authored the book, CTRLShift: 50 Games For 50 ****ing Days Like today.

Amitai is a software development coach, speaker, legacy code wrestler, non-award-winning musician, award winning bad poet, and the creator of the Agile in 3 Minutes podcast. He blogs at schmonz.com and is a frequent guest on Agile for Humans. Amitai has published many of his agile observations and musings in his new book – Agile in 3 Minutes on Lean Pub.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • How improv techniques can help get the best out of your agile teams
  • Games you can try to improve listening and collaboration
  • Why improvisation and agile go hand in hand

Links from the show:

What kind of day are you having? Is it a ****ing day? Or is it a ****ing day? What are you going to do about it? Mike Bonifer and Jessie Shternshus, who teach companies around the world how to apply improvisation to business, have created 50 original improv games tailored to the kind of ****ing day you’re having. From the bathroom to the board room, and every stop in between, this fun and engaging book helps you get the craziness under control.

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