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October 1–2, 2017: Training
October 2–4, 2017: Tutorials & Conference
New York, NY

Pay attention: Why you should care about psychological safety

John Le Drew (Wise Noodles)
3:50pm4:30pm Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Technical Leadership
Location: Grand Ballroom West
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)

Who is this presentation for?

  • Technical leaders, CxOs, tech leads, and team members

What you'll learn

  • Understand the concept of psychological safety and why it is integral to effective teams


Over three months, John Le Drew recorded over 75 hours of interviews with some of the most respected people in the industry—including Christopher Avery, David Marquet, Jerry Weinberg, Esther Derby, Johanna Rothman, and Woody Zuill—to produce an audio documentary that attempts to answer the question “What is safety, and why is it important anyway?” John also draws on his new podcast, The Agile Path, the first season of which deals with safety in teams. John shares his findings as he guides you through an interactive, hands-on journey to understanding safety that includes short interactive sessions and role-playing exercises. You’ll learn what psychological safety means and understand why it’s foundational to team effectiveness.

Topics include:

  • What is safety?
  • 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?
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John Le Drew

Wise Noodles

John Le Drew is founder and principal at consulting firm Wise Noodles, where he focuses on facilitating a safe, creative, collaborative environment. John’s move into consultancy has taught him the value of team dynamics and that most technical challenges are projections of underlying issues with collaboration. Previously, John spent most of the last two decades working in the software industry, focusing on web technologies, which included 10 years as a software engineer.