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Scrum Event & John Le Drew present – Swearing, Nudity and Other Vulnerable Positions

April 24 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Scrum Event & John Le Drew present – Swearing, Nudity and Other Vulnerable Positions

Over 3 months John recorded about 75 hours of interviews and spoke to some of the most respected people in the industry to produce an audio documentary that attempts to answer the question “What is safety? And why is it important anyway?”

This highly interactive talk will present the findings and guide and challenge you through a journey to understanding safety. Including short interactive sessions and role play exercises to cover the following topics:

• What is safety?

• What are the elements that make a team effective?

• Is psychological safety the foundation to team performance?

• What can we all do to help foster psychological safety in our teams?

• What is the relationship between safety, stress and engagement?

• What is the profound impact of a lack of safety and engagement on society?

This talk has grown as John created the new podcast The Agile Path. The first season on this podcast is about safety in teams. John has interviewed world renowned specialists in the field; Christopher Avery, David Marquet, Jerry Weinberg, Esther Derby, Johanna Rothman, Woody Zuill and many more in over 75 hours of audio. This has been a fascinating deep dive learning experience for John and he hopes to explore these insights with the audience.


Learning Outcomes:

• ‍Understand the definition for psychological safety and explore it’s meaning.

• Understand the five facets of an effective team.

• Understand why psychological safety is foundational to team effectiveness.

• Understand some of the key signs of unsafety in teams.

• Understand the relationship between safety, workplace stress and engagement (using the JD-R model)

• Understand the impact of low safety, low engagement workplaces on wider society.



About John Le Drew:

John has spent most of the last 2 decades working in the software industry, with a focus on web technologies. After 10 years as a software engineer he moved into consultancy where he quickly learned the value of team dynamics and how most technical challenges are projecting underlying issues with collaboration as he soon recognised that the technological problems he was hired to solve, were rooted not in technology, but in the way teams were collaborating. This led him to research lean and agile ways of working, transforming his practice.

John’s approach is focused on helping organisations create an environment that fosters safety; facilitating creative collaboration. John known for his infectious passion and sense of humour that brings in a much needed injection of energy to unmotivated, challenged teams.

After nearly 2 decades of work in the IT industry there isn’t much that John hasn’t put his hand to; working for both government and private sector clients in advertising, telecoms, recruitment, civil engineering, education, broadcast, gaming and mass transit.

John hosts and produces the well respected Agile Path podcast where he creates in-depth audio documentaries on the topics that most affect organisations transitioning to agile ways of working and other critical issues. The first season focuses on the effect of psychological safety (or the lack there of) on organisations and wider society. This has lead to many speaking engagements across the UK, US and Europe.

John lives in Manchester, UK with his two boys and cat. He loves experimental cookery, photographing things that others don’t notice, getting lost in cities he doesn’t know and travelling to places he’s never been to. But more than anything, John loves spending time with his two boys who have taught him more about life than anything else possibly could.


18:30 – 19:00: Arrivals
19:00 – 19:10: Introductions
19:10 – 20.00: Session Talk
20.00 – 21.00: Networking

Venue Sponsor:

Hosted by Skills Matter who have graciously let us use their space for this event.

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This event will earn Scrum Alliance SEUs worth 2 SEU’s



April 24
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm


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