EPIC Experience 2020 Concurrent Session : Effective Agile Interactions Using Improv Sessions (continued)

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Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 11:45am to 12:15pm

Effective Agile Interactions Using Improv Sessions (continued)

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Most development projects rely on the assumption that the environment in which it is built is stable. However, software development environments are highly complex, in constant flux, and thus unpredictable—not because of the software itself, but because of the people creating it. The most important factor for an agile team is their ability to communicate effectively. Understanding how to interact with your internal and external team can make or break the agile process. This interactive workshop will have you using applied improv exercises on active listening, having collaborative conversations, being more self-aware, and more to help you be an effective communicator.

Sean-Ely
The Improv Effect

Sean Ely is a Second City Conservatory alumnus, regularly performing at 15 different theaters across the Midwest. He started his own videography business thanks to the experience he had working at Tribune Publishing for two years. He is also the co-founder of Number Six With Cheese, a comedy food review series with 175 episodes under its belt. Sean also loves electric skateboards, diner hashbrowns and traveling somewhere new every month. Sean also works The Improv Effect’s corporate improvisational trainer, alongside Jessie Shternshus. He specializes in very quickly getting individuals to come out of their shells and have a great time advancing their socializing skills. Sean has also performed on stage with The Improv Effect’s performance group.

Jessie Shternshus
The Improv Effect

Owner and founder of The Improv Effect, Jessie Shternshus helps individuals and businesses reach their full potential through interpersonal-communication skills improvement, leadership training, and agile/executive coaching. Jessie has been a key player in internal culture transformations for global companies. Her clients include executives from Netflix, Crayola, Groupon, Skype, Adecco, Capital One, and many technology startups. She is a sought-after keynote speaker at many design, technology, and agile conferences. Using an array of experiential techniques, design-thinking exercises, and agile methodologies, Jessie leads teams and organizations as they endeavor to improve teamwork, creative problem solving tools, presentation skills, strategic planning, and product development ideation sessions. Jessie is the coauthor of CTRLShift: 50 Games for 50 ****ing Days Like Today.