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Agile Talks #30 How my team changed their culture and how a toilet paper roll helped us experience psychological safety with Peter Zylka
February 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm EET
Agile Talks wants to bring together people who are passionate about Agile.
This event is part of the Agile20Reflect Festival.
We will have one talk of maximum 50 minutes and after that one Open Space slot for around 25 minutes.
The event ends with a group retrospective and with some conclusions from the participants.
Agile Talks is a great opportunity to both learn from other people’s experiences and discuss your own topics during the Open Space.
How my team changed their culture and how a toilet paper roll helped us experience psychological safety with Peter Zylka
A famous quote by Peter Drucker says, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast”, and while we talk a lot about cultural change in organizations and teams and see the need for it, most of us do not experience it. I was very fortunate to be part of an organization and team that put their entire effort into changing their culture and achieving psychological safety within the team. In this talk, I would like to share 7 steps with you that we did to improve our culture, which eventually became the key to our success.
The learning goal for the audience: The learning goal should be to go back to the real point of agile – the change of culture – towards “be agile” and not “do agile.”
There is currently a lot of need for discussion about the processes and the various frameworks in our community. We all do (and I, unfortunately, include myself in this discussion) very easily criticize new frameworks or quickly describe what we see as “wrong” and “not agile.”
So we often forget what really matters, and that is “Individuals and Interactions over processes and tools.” Therefore my goal is to give the audience food for thought, to go back into their teams/organizations in a self-reflecting way and to judge whether it is really the process that causes difficulties or the culture.
Peter considers himself a Scrum Master/Agile Coach on a journey to inspire others.
“Hi I’m Peter, born in Poland, raised in Germany and for the past 10 years a “nomad” living in Spain, Malaysia, Germany, Australia and now Switzerland. My life changed more than 4 years ago when I discovered this thing called “agile” – until then, I thought of a job as something that will bring you money and not much more. After discovering “agile”, I found my passion and my purpose and my drive never to stop learning because the best thing we can do with our lives is to experience and learn out of it.
I was also very fortunate to experience working as a Scrum Master and Agile Coach with various companies, from small startups to big corporates (like BMW), which helped me realize that every company has its struggles and challenges.
17:45 – 18:00 Arriving, socializing
18:00 – 18:50 How my team changed their culture and how a toilet paper roll helped us experience psychological safety with Peter Zylka
18:50 – 19:00 Break
19:00 – 19:25 Open Space
19:25 – 19:30 Retrospective, Closing