Creating a Safe-to-Fail Environment
You’ve heard it before: Google says it, Harvard’s Professor of Leadership and Management, Amy C. Edmondson says it: psychological safety in your teams is crucial.

Great, but what does that mean exactly? How does a leader at any level in the organization, be it an executive, a team lead or a Scrum Master, create an environment where teams feel safe to speak up, to experiment, and to fail?

In this workshop, suitable for any level of experience, we’ll give you a taste of psychological safety and show you what you can do to start building a safe-to-fail environment. Through liberating structures, visualisation and movement you’ll practice activities designed to make your organization more psychologically safe. These activities are based on the three categories defined in Amy Edmondson’s book “The Fearless Organization”:

  • Setting the Stage
  • Inviting Participation
  • Responding Productively

Main takeaways

  • You’ll have a good understanding of what psychological safety means
  • You’ll know how to reframe unhelpful organizational beliefs
  • You’ll have practiced asking questions that encourage people to speak up
  • You’ll be aware of different types of failure and how to respond to them

Robert is a compassionate agilist, coach and facilitator. With over 30 years of experience, he still has a lot to learn. His love for happy people and high standards have led him in many directions. As a result you can find him coaching individuals and teams, facilitating groups, as well as promoting BDD, TDD and pair programming.

Touched by the many people that have trusted him with their fears and challenges, he is currently exploring trust and psychological safety in more depth.

A good way to get Robert started is to offer him a beer or a board game.

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