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Don in WigIn his role as Director of Learning Solutions at Improving Enterprises, Don McGreal is a hands–on agile consultant and instructor. As a consultant and Certified Scrum Professional, he has fulfilled many roles while ensuring that the clients get the most from each engagement: developer, business analyst, and process coach. As an instructor, he has authored and taught classes for thousands of software professionals around the globe, specializing in Agile, Scrum, Acceptance Testing, Object–Oriented–Design, and Test–Driven Development.

On projects and in the classroom, Don is known for his enthusiasm and dedication. He has published articles for both the Scrum Alliance and the Agile Journal and is co–founder of TastyCupcakes.com, a comprehensive collection of games and exercises for accelerating the adoption of agile principles.


What is alive in you?
My energy levels go through the roof when I see learning happening. I love to learn new things and I get excited when people around me are showing passion for learning, either in a classroom or on a project.

What will your Agile Games 2011 session be about?
Come join Don & Mike from TastyCupcakes.com and try your hand at creating some brand new, fun, and valuable games for communicating complex Agile topics. Come prepared with your own game concepts, topics of interest or join in on others'.
Mike & Don will kick things off introducing their approach to game development and facilitate a group discussion around best practices of game development and game execution. Teams will then form around topics to follow a set of simple steps in creating the ultimate Agile game!

Who might be particularly interested in attending your session?
Do you have a passion for experiential learning?
Do you use games as a learning tool, but haven't found the right game for a particular topic?
Are you interested in what it takes to design a game from scratch?
If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions, then this session is for you.
or
Trainers, coaches, Scrum Masters and leads on Agile teams. People who like to have fun.

What is the most interesting idea you have heard recently?
Stuart Brown's research on how "play is not just joyful and energizing -- it's deeply involved with human development and intelligence."
http://www.ted.com/talks/stuart_brown_says_play_is_more_than_fun_it_s_vital.html