Abstract/Description

**Stop slogging through sterile and boring training!**

There is a place for humor. There is scientific proof that humor moves information from short term to long term memory - a fact useful in converting training and presentations into engaging, memorable and retainable experiences. With an agile practice, we must constantly learn -- let’s make it fun!

This session won’t turn you into Jerry Seinfield or Amy Schumer, nor is it intended to advocate that your presentations should be a stand up routine. This session will introduce accessible techniques you can use to bring any training or presentation to life. These techniques have a basis in cognitive neuroscience and academic research.

This workshop introduces and reviews the The 6 Trumps ® - six learning principles based on scientific prinicples that can be used in any type of training. It explores how the brain learns and how information converts from short to long term memory. Finally, it synthesizes these foundations and builds a new common thread: Humor Trumps All!

Participants will acquire a strong understanding of the importance of humor and fun in training, and how, even if they don’t think they are *funny*, they can introduce these attributes to develop improved content and engagement techniques. Ultimately leading the attendees towards making more memorable and impactful agile learning.

*“The Human Race only has 1 truly effective weapon, and that is Laughter” - Mark Twain*

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About the Speaker(s)

Accomplished Agile Coach, Technical Project and Program Manager with over 15 years experience in the software industry. Launched and facilitated Agile transformation in 3 companies and coached multiple teams on Agile software development.I am passionate about continuous improvement, and how to facilitate that curiosity in others. I specialize in crafting learning and development programs that maximize retention and engagement in the participants.TRAILBLAZING: Broad expertise in 2nd generation agile methodologies with a passion for cutting edge continuous improvement. POISED: Articulate, thorough, and confident under pressure across a wide spectrum of audiences. QUICK THINKING: Creative, nimble, and able to rapidly analyze and resolve issues. PERCEPTIVE: Streamlined, strengthened, and sustained organizational operations.I have a range of both methodology and agility based certifications and strive to broaden my knowledge of both being agile, and different processes and frameworks that can be tailored.I started with early training under Mike Cohn and continued with Jeff Sutherland (2007), one of the fathers of Scrum methodology.I was one of the first 1,000 people worldwide certified on the practical applications of Agile in software development (PMI-ACP and Scrum Alliance CSP qualifications in 2012).I haven't just sat through a CSM course for 2 days, I have certification in advanced practical application in a range of agile lean methodologies.I am also a certified PMP, and I strongly believe that this breadth of experience gives me more tricks up my sleeves to appropriately tailor team management styles.If you believe in such things: I am INTJ; C on the DIsC model; I can identify all of the 6 thinking hats; 1 Learner, 2 Intellection, 3 Input, 4 Activator, 5 Connectedness​.And now, for the alphabet soup:- CSP, ICA ACC, ICA ATF, ICA ICP, SCPM, PMI-ACP, CSM, SPC, TBR - CT (Certified Trainer "Training from the BACK of the Room!" by Sharon Bowman), and lastly a PMP B.Arch