There are many ways to redefine a work environment to support greater creativity that have been discovered through experience, experimentation, and accident. At the same time, modern neuroscience suggests guidelines for deliberately designing conditions to enhance creativity, using our best understanding of how our brains work, learn, integrate, and create.
How do we support, enable, and enhance the creative abilities of Agile teams?
I gave a presentation on this subject at the GOAT17 Conference, offering a summary of the literature and our experiences, which describes and demonstrates how creativity can be enhanced by providing a safe, nurturing environment. Doing so often has the added benefits of enhancing group interactions, more appropriately pacing activities that utilize different sensory modes, and increasing collective trust in the power of subconscious integration.
The following are my downloadable materials from my presentation. The PDF itself is a general, but limited, resource so I strongly recommend that it be used in tandem with the much more valuable handout.
We hope that this material helps provide the foundation and encouragement for your own team. Please share in the comments or on the Agile Pain Relief Consulting Facebook page some of the fun ways that your team fosters creativity and agility!
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Mark Levison has been helping Scrum teams and organizations with Agile, Scrum and Kanban style approaches since 2001. From certified scrum master training to custom Agile courses, he has helped well over 8,000 individuals, earning him respect and top rated reviews as one of the pioneers within the industry, as well as a raft of certifications from the ScrumAlliance. Mark has been a speaker at various Agile Conferences for more than 20 years, and is a published Scrum author with eBooks as well as articles on InfoQ.com, ScrumAlliance.org an AgileAlliance.org.