We Are All Making This Up: Lessons For The WP Dev From Improv

There are a lot of parallels between the open source development world and Improv communities. The goal of this talk is to expose the similarities and directly apply the core principles for the stagecraft of improv to get better code, smoother projects and ultimately happier customers. At the end the audience will be able to take practical examples and very simple exercises back to their organizations to better communicate with customers and internal stakeholders alike. Also, techniques to get ‘unstuck’ when hitting major blockages in creativity needed for elegant code.

Topics will include:

  • Parallels between the Dev Community and Improv
  • Core principles of Improv and embracing them for better code:
    • Active Listening
    • Yes, And…
    • Embracing mistakes and failure as part of the process
  • Simple group exercises for any size team to improve communications