The Storytelling Battle

Session type: 90 minute interactive workshop, English

Speaker: Oana Juncu

Target audience  Experienced agile practitioners

Limited to 30 people

People may resist to changes , they don’t resist to stories. Come to learn how to craft a story about your favorite Agile topic that will trigger the resilient change you want to see.

“If you cannot tell it simply, it means you don’t understand it”. A. Einstein

I like to re-phrase Einstein’s great quote to say : “If you cannot tell it to children, so they understand you, you didn’t get it yet yourself. Neuro-science studies found out that 70% of what we learn, comes from stories we heard. Human brain reacts to stories far better that to linear presentation of facts. People like to hear and tell stories where they recognize themselves in, not only as heroes of fiction wonder novels, but also in day-to-day business life.

When someone asks a business case for a given approach/topic/implementation, the real demand is for a true story about that theoretical stuff. Sometimes people may get out of lectures and if they are asked ‘What was the presentation was about actually?’ the best answer they can give is ‘It was about 60 slides’. Storytelling (or Business Narrative) is a powerful way to help organizations and teams embrace change, and change agents are good storytellers.

This workshop proposes a set-up to learn some narrative techniques that will empower participants willing to become ( Agile) change Agents or simply allow them to effectively send the messages they want. The workshop help participants to master the description of a chosen topic linked to SCRUM and Agile, via a story built in the session, using story construction telling techniques. It aims to help participants learn storytelling as an improvement technique to build messages that matter. At the end of the workshop , who will have the best story ?

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