location_city Melbourne schedule Nov 11th 02:00 - 02:40 PM AEST place North Magdalen Laundry people 60 Interested

Every Agile team these days seems to be up to their eyes in numbers - the scrum master can reel off the team’s velocity, cycle time, throughput and average happiness rating off the top of their head. Many of these are said to reflect how productive a team can be. How we reconcile these measures with a team's psychological safety can lead to marked differences in team performance.

In this discussion group we’ll discuss one seemingly simple question - what metrics can be used to capture motivation? Drawing on the experiences from the group and sharing horror stories about the team health check surveys that we’ve all been asked to fill in (there’s only so many ratings on a scale of 1-5 that one person can give), we’ll move past velocity and dive deeper on how to measure psychological safety, why psychological safety can lead to leaner teams with less waste, and finally how we can act on these numbers to make a different to teams after we've measured them.


Outline/Structure of the Discussion Group

  • Setting the context (20 mins)
    • How can we understand motivation and psychological safety?
    • What can we learn from traditional Agile metrics?
    • Common measurement traps that we fall into
  • How can we measure psychological safety in our teams day to day? (Group discussion using the 1-2-4-all method) (15 minutes)
  • Wrap up and takeaways (5 minutes)

Learning Outcome

  • Understand the nuances behind some metrics taught in basic Agile training, and what we can learn from them when analysing something less concrete
  • Find out what other teams around the LAST community are doing when it comes to measuring psychological safety
  • Understand how to measure and visualise psychological safety, and what the metrics mean for a team leader.

Target Audience

Scrum masters, project managers, team leaders, or anyone who is interested in understanding more about team health.

Prerequisites for Attendees

No prerequisites.

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