Agile Games West Keynote - Laura M. Powers

The Power of Play:  
Transforming Agile Teams

Does a group play because they are a team? Or are they a team because they play?  

What if play itself is a critical factor in transforming a group of people into a high performing team?  Recent research indicates that play is not a by-product of a great team.  It is actually a critical catalyst.  Play supports higher and more stable team performance, better problem-solving, stronger decision-making, increased resiliency in the face of failure, and greater flexibility when things inevitably change.   In other words – play is a natural antidote for the challenges of the modern business world.

In this fast-paced talk, we will explore the world of play.  Based on the National Bestseller “Play” by Stuart Brown, M.D. – this talk examines the recent research on the benefits of play and the alignment of modern business play with the Agile Manifesto and Tuckman’s Teaming model.  We’ll review the eight “play personalities” proposed by Dr. Brown with practical applications for how they can help transform agile teams.

                 Laura M. Powers

                 Laura M. Powers

Laura M. Powers has over 25 years of engineering and management experience in Silicon Valley startups and enterprise corporations. As the founder of Powered By Teams, she helps teams create extraordinary results and exponential success while experiencing fun & joy with Agile & serious games. She holds degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech, as well as certifications as a CSP,  CSM, CSPO, Certified Trainer of Training from the Back of the Room, and Certified Trainer and Master Practitioner of NLP.  She is also the co-host of the Agile Games Podcast.