Agile Book Club: Psychological Safety (with Gitte Klitgaard)

Psychological safety is the ability to propose ideas, ask questions, raise concerns, and make mistakes without being punished or humiliated. It’s vital for team-based work.

We were fortunate to have Gitte Klitgaard join us for this session! Gitte is an Agile coach, trainer, and mentor focusing on helping organizations implement psychological safety, responsibility, and accountability, and she wrote the section on safety in the book.

📖 Safety

🎙 Discussion prompts:

  • What does psychological safety look like for you?

  • Share a story about a time you’ve seen safety emphasized well, or poorly.

  • Have you worked on a team where somebody had trouble speaking up? What did you do to help them?

  • What could your current team do to improve safety for team members?

About the Book Club

From October 2021 to August 2022, I hosted a call-in talk show based on the second edition of The Art of Agile Development. The series used the book as a jumping-off point for wide-ranging discussions about Agile ideas and practices, and had a star-studded guest list.

For an archive of past sessions, visit the book club index. For more about the book, visit the Art of Agile Development home page.

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