Making people feel safe is the quintessential element of a team. Everyone has to know the person next to them would “take a bullet” for them and to a lesser extent stick up for them when they need it most.
If you do this right and pay “cash” here instead of credit it makes all the difference. You will never get the team back if you don’t build it on a solid foundation.
Now you’re cooking with gas. You’ve filled out your team. Everyone is defending the teams values in planning, retro, everywhere, everyday. You’re on a steady growth trajectory. Your burn down charts are a thing of beauty. You’re barely finishing your last user story at the end of your sprint. Nirvana.
While this powerful quote from Stuart Scott chokes me up every time I hear it and transcends the importance of software development. How you decide to build your team, why your values hold true together, and the manner of how you live them matter.