Psychological Safety in High Performing Teams – Digital Lincoln Meetup April 2020

This is a recording of a webinar I did for the meetup group Digital Lincoln on the 28th April 2020.

Psychological Safety in High Performing and Distributed Teams

Safety isn’t just necessary in order to prevent disasters, it’s also crucial to building and maintaining high performance teams and organisations.

Building high performing software requires high performing teams, in which team members need to feel able to express their creativity, talents and skills without self-censoring, self-silencing, or fear of failure. In this talk, Tom introduces the latest research in high performance technology teams, and provides actionable concepts to help you build and elevate your team, whether co-located or distributed and remote.

Download a complete Psychological Safety Action Pack full of workshops, tools, resources, and posters to help you measure, build, and maintain Psychological Safety in your teams.

Find out about Psychological Safety and Information Security, and more here about high performing design teams who utilise psychological safety.

Tom is an expert in transforming team performance. A “veteran technology team builder” according to Computing Magazine, Over his 15 years as a technology leader, he has come to believe that culture trumps strategy, and happiness precedes success.

Tom is currently the Head of Technology at MoreNiche in Nottingham, CTO of Ydentity, an identity protection startup, and a management consultant for Q5. Outside of work, Tom is a yoga teacher and mountain biker.

The State of DevOps Report 2019 – A Summary

Every year or so since 2013, Puppet have carried out their “State of DevOps” report that attempts to gather, aggregate and analyse progress across the technology industry, backed by data and statistical analysis. In 2019, both Puppet and Google researched and released their own State Of DevOps Reports.

Here is a summary of the findings from both 2019 State of DevOps Reports.

(More detail to come shortly!)

  1. 2019 – Puppet:
    1. Doing DevOps well enables you to do security well.
    2. Integrating security deeply into the software delivery lifecycle makes teams more than twice as confident of their security posture.
    3. Integrating security throughout the software delivery lifecycle leads to positive outcomes.
    4. Security integration is messy, especially in the middle stages of evolution.


  2. 2019 – Google:
    1. The industry continues to improve, particularly among the elite performers.
    2. The best strategies for scaling DevOps in organisations focus on structural solutions that build community, including Communities of Practice.
    3. Cloud continues to be a differentiator for elite performers and drives high performance.
    4. To support productivity, organisations can foster a culture of psychological safety and make smart investments in tooling, information search, and reducing technical debt through flexible, extensible, and viewable systems.
    5. Heavyweight change approval processes, such as change approval boards, negatively impact speed and stability. In contrast, having a clearly understood process for changes drives speed and stability, as well as reductions in burnout.