Improv-ing Agile Teams with Paul Goddard – 5 x 90 min Live Virtual Sessions – September/October 2020

$321.30 $296.10 EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT UNTIL 23rd August 2020

A next-level course for Scrum Masters, Product Owners, Agile Coaches and leaders, to raise communication skills from adequate to truly outstanding, and to take presentations from competent to effective and compelling!

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Take your communication skills to the next level! This series of 5 x 90 minute course modular online live classes, introduces Scrum Masters, Agile Coaches and Agile leadership to improvisation concepts including engagement, transformation, presentation, teamwork and leadership skills development.

During this five part course trainees will develop communication and presentation expertise through an interesting and engaging set of  improv games, structured group debriefs and discussions. Trainees will experience high quality activities that will build confidence, release creativity and raise communication skills. On stage, improvisational actors use simple rules, collaborative principles, and game constraints to build unscripted yet intriguing storylines. This course explores how those same simple rules and principles can help Agile teams collaborate more effectively and how purposefully working within constraints can unlock creativity.

Date and Time(s)

Being online, the Improv-ing Agile Teams module one (Safety) course is suitable for trainees across the globe… the course is on every Wednesday for five weeks between 12:00 pm and 13:30pm BST UK. The dates of the online Agile coaching course are 23rd and 30th September and 7th, 14th and 21st October . The 12:00 pm BST UK timing of the live virtual course makes the course perfect for people across world!!!!

World Timings for Improv-ing Agile Teams course - 12 to 13-30 GMT

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Your Remote Trainer

Paul Goddard is an expert Agile coach and trainer with two decades of Agile experience! Indeed he has been working with Agile development teams since 2000 and was part of the coaching team which took on one of the largest Agile transformations to date in a major UK telecoms company in 2003. Since then Paul has been training and coaching other organisations, teams and individuals across the UK and Europe.

Paul has been an active Certified Scrum Trainer since 2006, and also became only the fourth UK-based Certified Scrum Coach in 2011.

You can find out more about Paul Goddard at his LinkedIn profile: click here for LinkedIn profile.

Paul Goddard - Agile Coach and Trainer

Course Details

This Improv-ing Agile Teams online course is 90 minutes in duration and takes place between 12:00 pm and 13:30 pm BST UK every Wednesday from 23rd September to 21st October 2020.

  • Module 1 – SAFETY – Wednesday 23rd September 2020
  • Module 2 – SPONTANEITY – Wednesday 30th September 2020
  • Module 3 – STORYTELLING – Wednesday 7th October 2020
  • Module 4 – STATUS – Wednesday 14th October 2020
  • Module 5 – SENSITIVITY – Wednesday 21st October 2020

This course is specifically designed to cater for trainees across the globe. Indeed the timing of this course supports trainees attending, for example; from South America (Santiago, São Paulo, Buenos Aires), east coast North America (Florida, Washington, New York), Canada (Toronto), the United Kingdom, Europe, Africa and India, Asia (Hong Kong, Singapore) and Australia (including Sydney and Melbourne).

World Timings for Improv-ing Agile Teams course - 12 to 13-30 GMT

World Timings for Improv-ing Agile Teams course - 12 to 13-30 GMT

Note – Due to timezone changes; the courses on 14th and 21st October take place at 10:00 pm in Sydney.

Remote/Online Course Logistics

All the remote/online Improv-ing Agile Teams courses are simple to attend. We use Zoom.

You just need access laptop/PC with a stable internet connection, audio/video and microphone capabilities.

Upon sign-up of the course, you will be sent a calendar invitation with Zoom video/audio conference details.

It is recommended you download the Zoom app onto your PC for best learning experience.

Who Should Attend the Improv-ing Agile Teams courses?

All the modules from the Improv-ing Agile Teams course series are applicable for any and all members of an Agile development team. Furthermore, the skills developed in all of the modules are useful in life as well as in a professional context. As such, this course has no set pre-requisites and is suitable for improvisers with all levels of experience.

Those who may get even more benefit from our innovate course would be those trainees who have the responsibility for leading an Agile team, such as Scrum Masters, Product Owners, Agile Coaches or Agile/Scrum Trainers.

Improv can help Agile Roles

Learning Objectives

During this training course, you will learn:

  • The parallels between improvisational theatre and Agile development;
  • How to engage more with your team members;
  • Resilience from accepting failure and being positive;
  • How to collaborate through co-creation with others;
  • Creative problem solving techniques and coaching styles.

List of Improv-ing Agile Teams Course Modules

Based on the innovative book for Scrum Masters, Agile Coaches, Product Owners and Agile leaders; the Impro-ing Agile Teams course series is built up of five pick-and-mix modules. Each module, a 90 minute session, features a mix of improv games, group debrief and discussion and will center around one of the following five themes:

  • Module 1 – SAFETY: how accepting failure is essential to discovery;
  • Module 2 – SPONTANEITY: how to increase the flow of ideas;
  • Module 3 – STORYTELLING: how narratives help teams relate to their customers and end users ;
  • Module 4 – STATUS: how adjusting personal behaviour can encourage collaboration;
  • Module 5 – SENSITIVITY: how to become more fully engaged with fellow team members.

Each module can be attended independently and in any order. Multiple dates are run for each module throughout the year so you can choose a course/date/time that works for you!


Have you ever encountered a situation where a team did not feel comfortable to suggest ways to solve a problem? Have you ever seen innovation being stifled due to fear of looking bad? How do you create a safe environment for your teams to flourish in? What can you do today to help your team to play more?


Have you ever encountered a team member who tends to block or stifle the ideas of others? Have you ever seen items flounder for new ideas? Do you see teams jump on the first idea or solution instead of exploring other solutions first?


Have you ever wondered how to motivate a team? Are you struggling to connect with your customers? Do your development team members regularly misinterpret user requirements? Do you want to increase the level of empathy in your team, teams and/or organisation?


Have you ever observed how team members react when others are speaking? Or team members that tend to always want to control team decisions or discussions? Do you want to create opportunities for all team members to feel able to speak and contribute?


Does the energy level drop in your meetings? Does it take a long time for attendees to “switch on” in meetings? Are you looking to improve your own soft skills? Do you want to listen more?

About the Book

This course is based on the book: Improv-ing Agile Teams: Using Constraints To Unlock Creativity

Improvisation. The mere mention of the word makes many people quake with fear at the prospect of chaos and uncertainty. The fact is, though, human beings are improvising almost every minute of their lives it is more natural, and more filled with possibility, than you might imagine.

On stage, improvisational actors use simple rules, collaborative principles, and game constraints to build unscripted yet intriguing storylines. This book explores how those same simple rules and principles can help agile teams collaborate more effectively and how purposefully working within constraints can unlock creativity.

Inside, you ll find over 50 techniques and improv games tailored for agile teams, complete with step-by-step instructions.

…as an agile practitioner I read an awful lot of books relating to agile and coaching, and I must say Improv-ing Agile Teams is one of the best I’ve read this year…” – Amazon Review

You can find out more about the book, which is available in Paperback, Kindle and Audible formats, here: click here for Amazon UK and click here for Amazon US and click here for Amazon India.

Improv-ing Agile Teams by Paul Goddard

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Do I have to do all modules ?
No! The Improv-ing Agile Teams series is designed so that each module is loosely-coupled… meaning that each module can be completed in isolation.

Q. Do I have to do the modules in order?
A. No! The Improv-ing Agile Teams series is modular and designed to allow trainees to pick and choose sessions that are of interest to them! Pick one, pick three, pick them all… and do in any order you wish!

Q. Do I need any improv or acting experience to attend?
A.None at all! All the Improv-ing Agile Team modules are designed for Agile practitioners looking to develop advanced soft-skills. They are therefore appropriate for novice improvisers, but equally suitable for seasoned actors!

Q. Is there a discount if I do more than one module?
A. Yes! If you purchase five modules at the same time the cost is reduced. Simply purchase the bundle course (5 x sessions) which can be found on our site.

Q. I can’t see dates that are suitable for me. Will others be added?
A. We are adding dates all the time so more dates will be available soon. Please contact us for more information on future dates for the modules.

Q. This feels like it should be very interactive. Is 90 minutes enough time to learn effectively.
A. Absolutely. Each 90-minute session has more than enough time to play/experience several short-form improv games which are chosen to specifically address the module topic.