Psychological Safety: A dive into neuroscience and psychology.

Nov 15, 2021 · Arlington, United States of America

The term "psychological safety" was originally coined by Amy Edmondson to describe a behaviour that we can observe. But what does it mean to be psychologically safe? Why is this such a powerful and critical aspect to ourselves, and those around us?

When we dig a bit deeper, we find that psychological safety is deeply connected to our own survival mechanism. If we're going to create a positive and safe environment, we'll need to address it. And in order to do so, it's helpful to understand what's really going on in our brains.

In this session, we'll look at what we know from neuroscience and psychology about psychological safety. We'll discuss what we might be able to do in our environments, regardless of our job title or role, to make things better for ourselves, and for those we work with.

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Presentation
7:00 pm - 7:30 pm Q&A

Mike Bowler is a long time agile coach and trainer, having started his agile journey over twenty years ago with XP and later with Scrum and Kanban.

Recognizing that all software is written and maintained by people, Mike continues to study human behaviour, psychology, and applied neuroscience; understanding how people work, both individually and in teams. He writes about that at

Mike is a professional kanban trainer with ProKanban and writes about those topics at

This DCSUG event is free thanks to our sponsors Kaizenko and Excella.

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Checkout videos and slides of past presentations at

Also, we typically meet monthly. So if you can't make it this month, hopefully we'll see you at the next meetup.

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