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Paul Goddard | Improv in Agile development

Paul is a coach in agile development and certified Scrum trainer. He’s the founder of training company agilify and his book ‘Improving Teams’ brings together his work in agile and improv theatre, highlighting the overlaps and connections between the two.

In conversation we talk about the cost of change in the workplace and how similarities in agile and improv allow for efficiency in fields like software development. How adapting is as much about a given project as it is the people involved, and introducing improv for learning. We also touch on the geographical differences in recognition of improv in the US and UK for the  approach agile and improv use to introduce game play as a tool.

“Scrum master”. Number 8 in the 10 weirdest job titles in the UK.


Paul’s book on Amazon: Improv-ing Agile Teams: Using Constraints To Unlock Creativity

Bullet Points

  • An overview of Agile and Scrum.
  • The agile manifesto.
  • Scrum coaching.
  • Traditional software development vs agile.
  • Technology, culture and the dilemma of linear planning.
  • Seeing what you don’t want, to find out what you do.
  • Making the cost of change lower.
  • The comedy store players / Neil Mullarkey.
  • Connecting improv and agile.
  • Keith Johnstone.
  • Agile conference 2012.
  • suffer fromt he same legacy agile and improv.
  • Being open to learning and client rapport.
  • Fear of failure in computer science.
  • There is one truth, one outcome.
  • Preparing for change, adapting personally and professionally.
  • Slowing down to reflecting on a process and make improvements.
  • Scrum masters, putting games in timeboxes.
  • Scrum master – The 10 weirdest job titles in the UK – The Independent.
  • Relating back to the personal – Paul’s book examples.
  • Storytelling and the agile product owner.
  • Good companies have compelling narratives.
  • The Applied Improvisation Network.
  • US vs UK, Regular improv and agile approaches are built into the fabric of large tech companies. 10 years.
  • The sprint retrospective
  • Working with a group and creating in a safe environment for gameplay
  • Inspiring others through improv practices
  • Pixar, agile and storytelling.


www.agilify.co.uk | Paul on Linkedin

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Richard Pascoe | Presentation skills and Facilitation

Richard is the founder of Making Presentations, where he trains and consults on advanced presentation skills.

His work is underpinned by the principles of Improv, in terms of training and how improv principles help us be better presenters.

He worked for Procter & Gamble for 17 years, starting in sales. He moved into consumer and shopper research, and then to global learning & development and knowledge systems. The regular theme throughout was the need to know what motivates people to take notice, to engage with information, and then do something with it. Presentation skills.

We chat about facilitation techniques and ‘how to do the how’ in improv training. Richard discusses how people in a company like P&G respond to “Improv” in training. Richard also briefly touches on Daniel Kahneman’s principles in behavioral sciences and links this across to how you engage an audience and open them up to new ideas.

He works with Paul Z Jackson from the Applied Improvisation network, training Advanced Presentation Skills.


Bullet Points

  • “Yes…and”, pausing to reflect in the space between words.
  •  Seeing the process and having fun.
  •  It’s not about pretending to be a penguin.



Direct LinkThe Bring a Brick podcast interviews people from all over the world who use improvisation and applied improvisation in their work. That can be anything from business training to games development, design and behavioral health. It’s a broad and constantly developing field. The presenter and host takes the role of the curious student, learning how people teach and benefit from the unique values of applying improv.