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Psychological Safety Practically

Psychological Safety Practically

This presentation, as part of the Leadership Track at the XP 2020 conference, outlines the notion of Psychological Safety as a fundament for building effective organisations. In the presence of safety, people can more easily talk about failure, discuss problems, come forward with suggestions.

Marcin Floryan

June 09, 2020

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  2. Marcin Floryan Tech Tribe Lead

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  4. Are you ready?



  7. –Kent Beck “Teams need diversity. Conflict is the inevitable companion

    of diversity.”
  8. Psychological Safety

  9. – Amy Edmondson “Psychological safety describes a climate in which

    raising a dissenting view is expected and welcomed. A tolerance of dissent allows productive discussion and early detection of problems.”
  10. Psychological Safety Toolkit Be comfortable to: ‣ Ask question ‣

    Raise problems ‣ Disagree ‣ Take risks ‣ Make mistakes ‣ Be yourself
  11. Playback Tribe

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  14. Implementation

  15. Create a shared understanding

  16. Gather data

  17. Create space for discussions

  18. Continue for 2 years...

  19. Examples

  20. Feedback jar ‣ We run a series of workshops on

    giving and receiving feedback ‣ We needed a tool to help people visualise progress
  21. Mistakes column ‣ Existing culture of blame-free incident post-mortems ‣

    Wanted a local practice as a regular reminder ‣ Small things reflected upon weekly
  22. What’s not to like about this code ‣ How to

    get better talking about problems in code ‣ Separate author and the code that is written ‣ Identify “problems” with code ‣ Mob-programming session to fix them
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  24. What next?

  25. – Amy Edmondson “Psychological safety is a shared sense developed

    through shared experience.”
  26. –Marcin Floryan “...lack of safety is holding us back.”

  27. Thank you! Marcin Floryan Tech Tribe Lead at Spotify Questions?