Psychological safety. Psychological safety is a shared belief that the team is safe for interpersonal risk taking. In psychologically safe teams, team members feel accepted and respected.
It is also the most studied enabling condition in group dynamics and team learning research. When team members are motivated at work and want to share an idea for improving performance, they frequently do not speak up because they fear that they will be harshly judged. When psychological safety is present, team members think less about the potential negative consequences of expressing a new or different idea than they would otherwise. As a result, they speak up more when they feel psychologically safe and are motivated to improve their team or company. Mindfulness is also different than psychological safety in that mindfulness is about being aware of one's surroundings but psychological safety is focused on being respected in a group. Consequences Causes Social Debt. In his 2000 ICSE Keynote in Limerick, Ireland, my colleague Grady Booch said: “There is still much friction in the process of crafting complex software; the goal of creating quality software in a repeatable and sustainable manner remains elusive to many organizations, especially those who are driven to develop in Internet time.”
Friction? “Friction: the resistance that one surface or object encounters when moving over another.” How to Track the Team’s Mood with a Niko-niko Calendar » Agile Trail.