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Talk / Tutorial / Workshop - 30 - 75 minutes

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I particularly loved the slides on improv warm up games and the breaking down on what factors lead to successful agile adoption — that multimedia component was totally unexpected and effective.

Summary

Over 3 months John recorded over 60 hours of interviews and spoke to some of the most respected people in the industry to produce an audio documentary that attempts to answer the question “What is safety? And why is it important anyway?”

Full Abstract

Over 3 months John recorded over 60 hours of interviews and spoke to some of the most respected people in the industry to produce an audio documentary that attempts to answer the question “What is safety? And why is it important anyway?”

This highly interactive talk will present the findings and guide and challenge you through a journey to understanding safety. Including short interactive sessions and role play exercises to cover the following topics:

  • What is safety?
  • What is a team?
  • What is the definition of an effective or high performance team?
  • What are the elements that make a team effective?
  • Is psychological safety the foundation to team performance?
  • What can we all do to help foster psychological safety in our teams?
  • What is the relationship between safety, stress and engagement?
  • What is the profound impact of a lack of safety and engagement on society?

This talk has grown as John created the new podcast The Agile Path. The first season on this podcast is about safety in teams. John has interviewed world renowned specialists in the field; Christopher Avery, David Marquet, Jerry Weinberg, Esther Derby, Johanna Rothman, Woody Zuill and many more in over 60 hours of audio. This has been a fascinating deep dive learning experience for John and he hopes to explore these insights with the audience.

Learning Outcomes

  • ‍Understand the definition for psychological safety and explore it's meaning.
  • Understand what a team really is.
  • Understand the five facets of an effective team.
  • Understand why psychological safety is foundational to team effectiveness.
  • Understand some of the key signs of unsafety in teams.
  • Understand the relationship between safety, workplace stress and engagement (using the JD-R model)
  • Understand the impact of low safety, low engagement workplaces on wider society.

Notes

Link to slides

This is flexible and will vary depending on the time available and the location.

What safety is - ~20 mins

This is a presentation with a bit of discussion with the audience.

  1. Introduction, who I am and the background of the subject.
  2. Discussion: What is an effective team or organisation?
  3. Introduction to Google's Aristotle project.
  4. The definition of a team vs. a work group.
  5. Discussion: How do you collaborate?
  6. The 5 facets of psychological safety (the outputs from project aristotle)
  7. Definition of psychological safety

What safety / unsafety feels like ~25 mins

This is the interactive bit, people will be invited to various exercises in their seats and on "stage".

  1. Introduction to the foundational ideas of improvisation.
  2. Warm up exercise, Mirroring, the group work in pairs to mirror one another's facial expressions and hand / arm movements, without speaking.
  3. First improvisation exercise to create a safe collaborative environment. This is a highly interactive session based on the improv game "String of Pearls".
  4. Discussion of how the session worked and how we might apply this to our teams. - Engagement, autonomy, collaboration, synergy.
  5. The Nuclear Conflict exercise: exploring blame and conflict resolution.
  6. Discussion of the role of conflict in a safe team, how blame can damage communication and how we might apply this to our teams. - Safe conflict / disagreement
  7. Paying attention; what it means in this context and why (to me) it's the foundational practice for fostering safety.

Why it really matters - ~15 mins

This is a presentation with a bit of discussion with the audience.

  1. A discussion of what engagement is, and the recent Gallup results for the US workforce.
  2. Looking into workplace stress, and the recent Stress in America results from the APA.
  3. Exploring the relationship between Safety, Engagement and Workplace Stress using the JD-R model from Arnold Bakker.
  4. Closing

Where can I see this talk?

South Wales Agile

May 25, 2017

User Group

Music City Agile 2017 (Nashville, TN)

May 31, 2017

Conference

Agile Coaching Exchange London

June 21, 2017

User Group

Agile Prague 2017

September 12, 2017

Conference

Lean Kanban France 2017

November 29, 2017

Conference

Previous Engagements

Agile Manchester 2017

May 12, 2017

Conference

Agile & Beyond 2017 (Ypsilanti, MI)

May 4, 2017

Conference

Agile Practitioners London

April 20, 2017

User Group

Lean Agile Edinburgh

April 18, 2017

User Group

Agile Yorkshire

April 12, 2017

User Group

Agile Nottingham

March 22, 2017

User Group

Agile Sheffield

March 15, 2017

User Group

Lean Agile Warrington

March 1, 2017

User Group

Lean Agile Birmingham

February 8, 2017

User Group

Agile in Leeds

January 24, 2017

User Group

Lean Agile Manchester

January 18, 2017

User Group

Agile Nottingham
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March 22, 2017
Agile Nottingham
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March 22, 2017
Agile Nottingham
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March 22, 2017
Agile Yorkshire
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April 12, 2017
Agile Yorkshire
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April 12, 2017
Agile Nottingham
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March 22, 2017
Agile Yorkshire
 // 
April 12, 2017
Agile Yorkshire
 // 
April 12, 2017
Agile Yorkshire
 // 
April 12, 2017
Agile Yorkshire
 // 
April 12, 2017
Agile Nottingham
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March 22, 2017
Agile Nottingham
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March 22, 2017
Agile Nottingham
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March 22, 2017
Agile Nottingham
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March 22, 2017
Agile Sheffield
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March 15, 2017
Agile Sheffield
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March 15, 2017
Lean Agile Warrington
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March 1, 2017
Lean Agile Manchester
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January 18, 2017
Agile in Leeds
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January 24, 2017
Agile in Leeds
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January 24, 2017
Agile in Leeds
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January 24, 2017