Website by Damian Synadinos

Improv(e) Your


A highly interactive and fun session that uses improv comedy to teach testing fundamentals.

Audience: Novice to experienced testers and anyone interested in learning testing fundamentals.

Duration: 1-4 hours

Sample Topics

  • Purpose of testing

  • Testing fundamentals

  • Testing techniques


Improvisational comedy—sometimes called improv—is a form of theater in which the performance is created in the moment. Successful improv involves learning and using a variety of skills and techniques which allow performers to quickly adapt to a constantly changing environment and new information. Now reread the previous sentence, but replace the word improv with testing. 


In many ways, improv is a great analogy for testing. As both an experienced improviser and tester, Damian Synadinos presents some of the many similarities between improv and testing. Each improv tip and trick is thoroughly described and demonstrated with help from the audience. Damian then explains and shows how the very same idea can be applied in a testing context. Using creative metaphors and critical analysis, old ideas about testing are reframed in novel and notable ways. 


Whether novice or experienced, you are sure to laugh, learn, and leave with ways to help improv(e) your testing!


Slide Deck

Traditional talks and workshops can be pretty mundane and painful to sit through. Damian not only engages his audience but entertains the concepts into their minds. Using hands on demonstrations and audience participation, Damian was able to engage the whole room in effectively using the Improv(e) rules to view daily challenges differently.

-Marko Iskander, 2017 Cleveland Ruby Brigade Meetup, Cleveland, OH

I found the "Improv(e) your testing" workshop very insightful as the concepts taught could be applied to any business or life context. I loved the way you took the rules from Improv class and applied them to a software testing context. The rules were presented in a fun and entertaining manner but at the same time were so educational and applicable to everyday situations. The other great thing about the "RULES" is that they are ready to use straight out of the box. Anyone can put these into action straight away.

-Costa Antzoulatos, 2017 Test Engineering Alliance Meetup, Melbourne, AU

One of the best sessions I've ever attended here.

-Anonymous Feedback, 2017 CodeMash conference, Sandusky, OH

I enjoyed the workshop, the engaged discussions, and funny improv pieces... I had high expectations and was not disappointed.

-Patrick Prill, 2016 Let's Test conference, Stockholm, SWE