Mark and his wife, Doris, along with a small group of their friends, have become very good at solving challenges and escaping locked rooms.
In their first escape room in 2015, they were two puzzles away from success but failed to get out. So they changed the team membership.
Over the years, they failed another four or five attempts, but they kept the team together.
Then after one frustrating failure in Jan 2017, they tried again and successfully escaped! It was at this point they realized that they stopped being a bunch of people trying to escape a locked room, and they had become a true team. There was no magic discovery that suddenly made the difference. Part of it was just learning over time how to get out of each other’s way.
This is the general outline of a presentation that Mark gave at the Agile Tour Montréal 2020. Through storytelling, conversation, and a few exercises, Mark helped the audience learn the basics to the science of team building using scientific principles to have more fun, improve, and be successful – in this case, in Escape Rooms, but more broadly, with teams in general.
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.