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Scrum Labs - Howard Sublett at the 2019 NAGS

Recorded live at the 2019 North American Global Scrum Gathering, this episode of The Reluctant Agilist features a conversation with Scrum Alliance Chief Product Owner Howard Sublett. During the course of the interview, Dave and Howard discuss Dan Pink’s opening keynote at the Scrum Gathering; the Scrum Alliance Labs and volunteer work that have been done to create a free library of material aimed at helping to develop a more mature and more highly-skilled agile coaching community; an update on how things are going with the recent shift in Scrum Alliance leadership moving to a Chief Scrum Master and Chief Scrum Product Owner instead of a traditional leadership model; and the video series Unscripted, which features updates from Howard and Melissa Boggs, the Scrum Alliance Chief Scrum Master. 

Note from Dave: at 15:38, something really important in this interview happens. Howard refers to a question he asked Melissa during the first episode of Unscripted. The question was “How are WE doing as a LEADER?” It is a subtle thing, but language is a virus and words matter… “WE” is plural, while “LEADER” is singular. The way the question is encoded demonstrates a very subtle, but important aspect of an Agile mindset. Howard and Melissa have complimentary but different roles in the Scrum Alliance and the two of them together function as a single Leader.

Failure Bow: I got The Wonder Twins (Zan and Jana) a little confused during the interview. I have brought shame upon my family and apologize to any comic geeks who were listening. If you are not clear on who the Wonder Twins are: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wonder_Twins

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Contacting Howard Sublett

 

Posted on: May 29, 2019 08:12 AM | Permalink | Comments (3)

2016 Munich Scrum Gathering - The Agilistocrats!

An Agilistocrats! update from the 2016 Scrum Gathering in Munich featuring Maria Matarelli, Richard Cheng and Karim Harbott (with special guest Howard Sublett)

Posted on: November 02, 2016 12:26 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

Howard Sublett : Creating and Supporting Community

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One of the most challenging issues faced by any organization is how to support and care for the individuals who work there. This challenge takes on a whole new level of complexity in the context of a consulting organization with staff who spend most of their time on the road away from their families and from one another. There is no specific formula for how to protect your most valuable resource (the people) from turning into burned out, disconnected road warriors who check out and eventually bail in search of something better.

In this interview, Howard Sublett, the Director of Community Development at Solutions IQ and Dave Prior discuss how Howard advocates in support of the people who are in the field and the importance of maintaining empathy for members of the community. Dave and Howard also talk about how Howard’s approach to life and work all focus around the idea of being of service to others and the importance of planning your life (and work) so that you are able to take advantage of the magic that interruptions provide.

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Show Notes:

  • How Howard describes what he does 0:38
  • You can’t create community in a vacuum 2:50
  • Where Howard’s empathy comes from 4:45
  • On the road 6:40
  • What you do is a very subtle thing 7:45
  • Planning for the disruption 9:20
  • Being open to disruption in all areas of your life 10:50
  • Taking the chance to build a deeper connection 12:06
  • The lens you see the world through 13:12
  • Learning to be more open? 14:10
  • Maintaining the Introvert/Extrovert balance in your organization 15:22
  • How to maintain the level of openness even when ti doesn’t always work 17:00
  • Journaling 18:45 Diving as a meditative practice 19:45
  • Getting in touch with Howard 21:26

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Posted on: June 17, 2016 02:40 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

Agile 2015 Video Podcast - Howard Sublett

Howard Sublett and the team from SolutionsIQ have been hard at work all week on the exhibition floor doing their own interviews with the thought leaders, presenters and attendees of Agile 2015. Dave and Howard talk about highlights from the interviews and share their thoughts on the Agile 2015.

Posted on: September 07, 2015 09:15 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)
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