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Joseph Pelrine

Agile Psychologist


Beyond Psychological Safety – Tools from Psychology for Enabling High-Performing Teams
Thursday 15:00 - 15:45
psychological safety
trust, diversity
emotional intelligence
high-performing teams

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Despite being hyped in the Agile community because of Google discovering its importance, psychological safety alone is not enough. It is only one of the necessary but not sufficient preconditions for successful intelligent and high-performing teams. But what else is needed? This talk will present additional research on tools and models used by psychologists that boost team intelligence and performance, and explore the potential for their use in Agile teams.


A quiet and reserved researcher and practitioner, Joseph Pelrine is considered by cognoscenti to be one of the pioneers and top experts on Agile methods. He has spent almost 25 years defining and refining processes to help some of the world’s most well-known companies improve their ability to satisfy the needs of their customers. As a psychologist, his focus on people and his experience in applying leading-edge techniques from social complexity and psychology to process optimisation goes far beyond the domain of software development, and extends to the whole organisation. Although Joseph Pelrine often works as a consultant or interim manager, his preference is passing his knowledge on by counselling and advising individuals and organisations, often in the role of a CTO/CIO/CDO "whisperer". He conducts research in novel applications of psychology to agile processes, and is also a PhD researcher in psychology and psycholinguistics.