Building Psychological Safety for Agile Teams


“Process innovations (like Agile transformations) need climates that complement the adoption and implementation of such innovations  Climates for initiative and psychological safety are key factors in having these transformations succeed.”  – Journal of Organizational Behavior.

As business leaders and change agents, we must be aware of the impact of psychological safety and how to create climates that foster the success of our teams and organizations!

“When the values of commitment, courage, focus, openness and respect are embodied and lived by the Scrum Team, the Scrum pillars of transparency, inspection, and adaptation come to life and build trust for everyone.” – Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber, “The Scrum Guide”, July 2016

Q: What is Psychological Safety?

  • “A sense of being able to show and employ one’s self without fear of negative consequences to self-image, status or career” – Leigh, Kahn
  • “A shared belief that the team is safe for interpersonal risk taking. In psychologically safe teams, team members feel accepted and respected” – Edmondson

Q: If I don’t even know what Psychological Safety is, how can I create it?

  • In this workshop, we’ll not only define the origins and specifics of psychological safety, you’ll develop a roadmap to assess and implement this in your teams and organizations.
  • Real life scenarios will demonstrate how ‘image management’ might be at play and you’ll gain tips on how to draw out your team’s creative ideas

Q: How can I gain the skills I need as a team or organizational coach to create this climate with my team?

  • This workshop uncovers the critical leadership skills needed to support a team’s development of a psychologically safe workplace.
  • Practice opportunities are designed to help you walk away with concrete skills

Q: How can I know what my team or organization look like when I have psychological safety?

  • You’ll learn ways to look for evidence that your team has increased psychological safety.
  • Models of psychologically safe work spaces are presented so you know what it looks like

This workshop is for those involved in team and organizational transformation, including:

  • Agile Team Coaches (ScrumMasters)
  • Agile Organizational Coaches
  • Business Leaders
  • Team Managers
  • Team Leaders
  • Teams who want to create a culture of psychological safety

This workshop builds on Agile principles as tools for building psychological safety


Summer 2017




$599  (Early Bird!).  Don’t miss it!  There are a limited number of registrations at this price.   
Prices increase to $899 30 days prior to event.

Group pricing is available.  Call 619-972-0453 to ask for pricing of groups greater than 3 attendees

● A 2-day content-rich workshop
● Training materials / assessments
● Lunch and refreshments
● FREE Parking
● Follow-up coaching call | February 24, 2017  9am-10am PST / 12n-1pm EST

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MAX # PARTICIPANTS:  20, strictly limited

After our workshop you’ll be able to:

• Define Psychological Safety and relate this to your work scenario
• Analyze methods for assessing the presence of psychological safety
• Identify when “Impression Management” is happening
• Examine how the cost of ‘workplace silence’ can impact team performance
• Use Facilitation tools effectively to help build psychological safety
• Execute action plans that build psychological safety with your team
• Create productive team interactions to maintain a psychologically safe space
• Apply principles of emotional intelligence to increase your leadership effectiveness

Your Presenters:

Alicia R. McLain — Lean Agile Transformation
Executive Coach

Alicia is a Lean Agile Transformation | Executive Coach with over 20 years of experience in the technology industry.  She coaches, trains and transforms mid-size to large companies domestically & internationally.  She has led both program management and software development organizations using Agile practices and has had 10 years in the Agile community as a hands on transformation leader, trainer and coach.
Alicia is passionate about using Agile practices to build high performing teams and psychologically safe work spaces!

President | Workforce Management & Conflict Mitigator

Dr. Debra Dupree — President | Workforce
Management & Conflict Mitigator

Dr. Debra Dupree is a Principal at Relationships at Work.  She is a keynote speaker and transformational trainer.  She works with organizations of all sizes to engage and develop people to perform their best.   Her research in the neuroscience of behavior gives Debra insight into building psychologically safe environments.  People are energized through stories, activities and interaction that demonstrate the “power of connection.”