Psychological Safety: What is it, and How to Actually Create It

schedule May 30th 12:40 - 01:40 PM place Capitol 5-7 people 143 Interested

Psychological safety. Harvard Business School Professor Amy Edmondson first coined the term in her research on the effectiveness of teams. And from Google’s re:Work research into what makes their supercharged teams truly stand apart, it turns out on that “Who is on a team matters less than how team members interact and structure their work.” Creating highly effective teams is a hallmark of agile teams, and we’re hearing more and more about how teams that truly trust each other and feel safe to take risks together go on to become high performers we all want to work with.

But creating safe teams takes more than just being able to tell people about psychological safety. What are the next steps? What can you actually DO to create team safety?

This talk will introduce the topic of psychological safety and walk through three exercises that anyone can take away to build team cohesion and trust. We’ll also cover one bonus tracking technique for monitoring team health over time. Attendees will walk away with actionable tips and techniques they can use with any team, whether agile or not.

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Talk

  • 5 min - Introduction & What is Psychological Safety

    5 min - Benefits

    8 min – Exercise 1

    8 min – Exercise 2

    8 min – Exercise 3

    8 min – Bonus and wrap up

    3 min - Questions

Learning Outcome

  • What is it? Understanding psychological safety
  • Why should I care? The benefits of psychological safety
  • Principles behind psychological safety
  • Exercise 1: Safety Check
  • Bonus tracking: Niko Niko calendar

Target Audience

This talk is suitable for anyone who works with other people in a team and is open to all skill levels. On agile teams, scrum masters and BAs will specifically find this talk relevant.

Prerequisites for Attendees

This session has no prerequisites.

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