In 1999 I discovered Improv while living in Chicago, starting classes at Second City. Improv taught me how to be more aware of the moment, how to listen more instead of just responding and that a group working together in a non-judgmental and supportive manner can create much greater things than any of those individuals could on their own.
UX Camp 2017
ImprovUX: Creating a Culture with Trust, Empathy & Collaboration
With more Agile and Lean processes becoming commonplace, people are working in larger and more diverse teams. The teams can be comprised of UX professionals, subject matter experts, marketing professionals, technical experts, business stakeholders etc. How do you bring these people from varied silos together quickly so they can effectively solve problems together?
Improvisation and its basic tenets stress listening, agreement and non-judgment. Those tenets help foster an environment of trust, empathy and connection which all support better collaboration between people (as well as creativity, less fear of risk etc.). ImprovUX is action (you’ll be walking the walk!) as everyone will be participating in Improv exercises that focus on these skills. The audience gets to experience how it feels when you let yourself be present and open in a supportive and fun environment.