Does your team suffer from anxiety? If a team and it’s surrounding culture doesn’t create a safe place to learn, the team’s ability to grow will be hampered. If the team’s very survival is threatened, not only will the team not improve, nothing will get done. At least, nothing good.
And yet, over and over, I see workplaces that overtly discourage development teams from trying new technology, experimenting with their process, or collaborating more effectively with business leaders and customers.
If you want to help avoid crisis, stagnation, and failure, actively work to reduce the real and perceived levels of learning and survival anxiety. Create a space where it’s encouraged and safe to learn new things. If you care about innovation, be bold enough to empower your teams with the freedom to make it happen.