Improv Skills for Agile Facilitators – 1 Day Workshops

Improv Skills for Agile Facilitators – 1 Day Workshops 2018-07-22T22:25:24+00:00

Similar to an Agile Team, a group of Improv Comedy actors need to function creatively and collaboratively under pressure to deliver a product to an audience in the form of a cohesive story. They need to be very adaptive to input from the audience and their fellow players, have brilliant communication skills and share control to create an environment where self-organization and innovation can thrive. The practice of improv exercises in Agile teams can help develop meta skills to increase the team’s collaboration, communication and a climate for innovation.

The practice of improvisation isn’t just a powerful tool to develop high performing teams, it is also a proven way to develop advanced coaching and facilitation skills.

This workshop is for you if you want to:
o Develop coaching and facilitation skills such as:
– Deep listening
– Adaptive intelligence
– Facilitation presence
– Intuitive wisdom
– Playfulness
o Learn exercises that will develop your teams ability to:
– Communicate
– Self organize
– Collaborate
– Innovate
– Adapt

We’ll explore how you can integrate these skills and exercises into your daily stand-ups and retrospectives. You will receive descriptions of all the exercises after the workshop.

Fundamentals & Advanced Workshops

There are two workshop options, Fundamentals and Advanced. Both workshops are a full day. You can only do advanced if you’ve done Fundamentals.

Fundamentals overview:

  • Introduction to Applied Improvisation
  • Development of personal facilitation skills.
  • Learn 12 exercises to help develop high performing teams.

Advanced overview

  • Opportunity to practice facilitating the exercises and get feedback.
  • Tips and tricks to overcome resistance and sceptics.
  • Learn 5 more exercises for your toolbox.


TIME: 9:00-16:00

Fundamentals: Sat 17 March, Fri 1 June 2018
Advanced: Sat 21 April, Fri 6 July 2018

VENUE: TBC in Cape Town

1 Workshop Fundamentals or Advanced Both Workshops Fundamentals + Advanced
Price R1850 R2950


*Provide a suitable venue and catering Free Free
**Early bird 20% R1480 R2360
Bring a friend 20% for both R1480 R2360
Early bird + bring a friend 36% R1184 R1888

*If your company provides a suitable venue and catering for the workshop, one employee from the company can attend for free.
**Early Bird registration closes 3 weeks before the workshop.

Previous participants say:

“ I liked the interactivity of what we did – I loved that we practically got to experience all the exercises so it’s easier to remember for us to facilitate going forward. All of the exercises are relevant and useful with agile teams. You can use them in Retrospectives or agile workshops.” – Olga Yiannakis, Scrum Master, Prodigy Finance

“I enjoyed the content, the playing, the sharing, the type of people pitching up and the flexibility of the format. I would recommend the workshop to anyone who wants to improv(e) interpersonal skills and team dynamics.” – Marco, Engineer, Mech Eng

“I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop, especially the exercises and participation. I would recommend it to other Agile facilitators since it encourages the right mindset.” – Scrum Master

More about the facilitator:

Burgert Kirsten is a team coach and experienced improvisation theatre actor with a masters degree in Organisational Psychology. He based his Master’s thesis on the use of improvisation theatre techniques to create a climate for team innovation. He is one of 34 certified Applied Improvisation practitioners in the world. He also has a Professional Scrum Master (PSM I) certification.
He has facilitated team innovation workshops for companies like Siemens and SAB Miller among others. He has also worked with technology start ups to help them develop company cultures that foster innovation. In 2015 one of the start-ups Burgert worked with, Ikubu, was acquired by Garmin for their development of an innovative product for cyclists.
He has conducted coaching skills workshops using his unique techniques for Business schools including GIBS, USB and WITS. He has completed a Agile fundamentals course (ICAgile certified) presented by Just Plain Agile, a brain-based coaching certification presented by the NeuroLeadership Group and an advanced course in Organizational and Relationships Systems coaching presented by CRR Global.

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