Jazz Performance as a Model for Team Collaboration

Half-day workshop with Jeff Gothelf, Jim Kalbach, & special guests
• Friday 2:00–5:30 pm

Jeff Gothelf and Jim Kalbach know from extensive experience that great team collaboration is the secret sauce of successful companies. At its core, collaboration comes from the culture of your company and the dynamics of your team.

Jazz performance provides a powerful model for how successful teams collaborate. Much of UX design involves collaborating with others: gathering input from the business, ideating solutions in project teams, and iterating with developers. Great UX design requires practitioners to be not only skilled craftsmen, but also expert facilitators.

Through live music and hands-on activities, this enlightening and entertaining session will provide both inspiration and practical guidance for the shift in mindset needed for successful team collaboration.

About the band

Jeff and Jim will be joined for today’s workshop by three of Canada’s premiere jazz musicians. That’s right — in addition to everything you’ll learn about effective collaboration, you’ll also hear some fabulous music from a quintet for the ages! It might not be Massey Hall in 1953, but we’re still absurdly excited.

Jeff Gothelf (keyboards) is lean evangelist at Neo, spreading the gospel of great team collaboration, product innovation and evidence-based decision making. Jeff is a speaker and thought leader on the future of user experience design, often teaching workshops or giving talks on building cultures that support teamwork and innovation. Jeff is passionate about advancing the principles that lie at the core of Neo, and often does so on a global scale. In addition to this workshop, Jeff will deliver the presentation Almost Everything I’ve Learned From 5 Years of Lean UX as part of the main Fluxible program.

Jim Kalbach (bass) is a noted author, speaker, and instructor in user experience design, information architecture, and strategy. He has consulted for large companies such as eBay, Audi, Sony, Elsevier Science, Lexis Nexis, Citrix and more. Jim also held the title of Head of Information Architecture with Razorfish in Germany, and was UX Strategist at USEEDS, a design and innovation agency in Berlin. Jim holds a master’s degree in library and information science and a master’s degree in music theory and composition, both from Rutgers University. In addition to this workshop, Jim will deliver the presentation Aligning the User Experience with Business Processes as part of the main Fluxible program.

Kelly Jefferson (tenor sax) is a five-time nominee for Saxophonist of the Year by the National Jazz Awards. His Kelly Jefferson Quartet release Next Exit was nominated for a 2011 Juno Award for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year. Kelly is presently on faculty at The University of Toronto and York University where he teaches saxophone, small ensembles, jazz theory, ear training, and improvisation, with previous teaching positions at Humber College in Toronto and McGill University in Montreal. An active freelance musician, Kelly performs regularly with groups that include the William Carn Quintet, Emilie-Claire Barlow, Time Warp, The Shuffle Demons, Mark McLean’s Playground, The Chris Tarry Group, Manteca, The Carn-Davidson 9, and Barry Romberg’s Random Access.

Ted Quinlan (guitar) is Head of the Guitar Department at Humber College and is regarded as one of the most versatile guitar players in Canada. His musicality and his breadth and depth of skills make him a highly-regarded and in-demand jazz player, session musician, writer, and educator. He’s also a busy sideman and has performed with Chet Baker, Freddie Hubbard, Eddie Harris, Jimmy Smith, Joey DeFrancesco, Maria Schneider, Michael Brecker, Dave Holland, Dave Leibman, Vince Mendoza and Steve Gadd. Yes, you read that list of jazz lumninaries right!

Ted Warren (drums) has a solid reputation as a musical, versatile drummer. He is an active member of Canada’s jazz scene and has been recognized with Jazz Report’s Drummer of the Year award. He teaches at University of Guelph and Mohawk College in their music programs and is a well-regarded clinician and adjudicator. Ted fronts his own quartet, Ted’s Warren Commission, which has released two CDs, First Time Calle and Songs For Doug. He is also member of Broadview, which he co-leads with Rich Brown and Mike Murley. Fluxible veterans may recall that in 2013 Ted was a featured performer in the Festival of Interstitial Music.