Tips & Tricks
Today, I think the ability to ask good questions is hugely underrated. Asking good questions is essential to help others, to learn from them, understand a problem to come up with the right solution, or to understand why someone is behaving the way they do.
Psychological safety is essential because a lack of it can lead to mediocrity, anxiety, stress, and boredom. The team consequence is a lack of risk-taking and refinement of ideas. Recently, our TH!NK Team led a department through a SWOT analysis. The manager was confident that no one would speak up; we assured her that the right environment allows an abundance of ideas to flow.
We used these four tips to create psychological safety in this meeting.
Under the heading of ‘the new normal’ most people have integrally transitioned all their office meetings to an online setting, without breaks, stretching from early mornings to late evening ‘because you don’t have travel time’. Here are some reminders for more artful way of online meetings (written in collaboration with my work buddy Klazien van Vliet).
For years, I worked in several Berlin-based, fast-growing startups in my capacity as Scrum Master, agile coach, and Product Owner. These are my lessons learned on making ‘agile’ — including Scrum as a framework — work in a fast-growing startup. Also, let me introduce you to the anti-patterns agile startups shall avoid at all costs.