Website by Damian Synadinos

Improv(e) Your


A highly interactive and fun session that uses improv comedy

to learn about requirement elicitation, analysis, and


Audience: Anyone interested in learning more about creating and consuming good requirements.

Duration: 1-4 hours

Sample Topics

  • Wants, needs, and expectations

  • Requirement elicitation techniques

  • Requirement testing methods


Improvisational comedy—sometimes called improv—is a form of theater in which the performance is created spontaneously, in the moment. Successful improvisers learn and use a variety of skills and techniques which allow them to better extract ideas, expand on them, and make them meaningful and manifest.  Now reread the previous sentence, but replace the word “improvisers” with “analysts”. In many ways, improv is a great analogy for requirement elicitation, analysis, and specification.  

In this highly interactive session, Damian Synadinos uses his extensive experience with improv and requirements to explain and demonstrate similarities between the two. After setting context and expectations, Damian introduces and discusses a few basic concepts that are essential to developing valuable requirements. Building on those ideas, he continues by describing and demonstrating (with help from the audience) some basic principles of improv. He then explains and shows how the very same ideas might also be useful in a requirements context. By using creative analogies and critical analysis, old ideas are reframed and presented in new, novel, and notable ways.

Whether you are a requirements creator or consumer, you are sure to laugh, learn, and leave with ways to help improv(e) your requirements!

Slide Deck

Damian is an outstanding communicator & presenter. The subject matter (using improv) is truly an amazing and laudable idea.

-Anonymous Feedback, Spring 2017 Software Test Professional conference, Phoenix, AZ

Excellent subject matter for PMs, SMs, and devs.

-Anonymous Feedback, 2017 TechWell Better Software Conference West, Las Vegas, NV

Best class of the day!! Love the activities - it helps reiterate the message. Like the format - intro/topic/summary.

-Anonymous Feedback, Spring 2017 Software Test Professional conference, Phoenix, AZ