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Q2: Why Work Out Loud?

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Q2: How does Working out Loud make you and your organization more successful?

 

Question 3 is now up!

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Solution

Sharing work as it develops enables you to reflect on your work. It brings stakeholders into work early to provide feedback and assistance. It encourages you to be purposeful and effective in your work. Importantly it also enables others to develop a passive awareness of your work progress and to learn from how you do your work

Improves culture of a company where people are helping one another..which ultimately results in reduced IT operations cost, easier training and adoption of technology

My company benefits in many ways from our efforts to work out loud... definitely a work in progress. Changing habits isn't a quick fix.

 

But working out loud is what can enable a global company with shifts across time zones to drive a business model that "follows the sun" to serve our customers with real agility. It enables faster identification of experts so we can get to needed information and answers quickly. It drives connections that can spur quick reapplication of solutions, or fresh innovation.

 

Not to mention, I don't think many people really think of weekly status meetings as the BEST TIME EVAR.

With a wide engage within the whole company we can reach faster the objectives and if the people are more involved within ideas or project on companies the comanies will have more sucess and a faster aproach of the market.

When your managers and leaders never have to guess or ask you where you are headed because you are already on the same page.

 

I used simple techniques when I was a manager, to encourage this without calling it "working out loud" - it was just the way we worked.

Working out loud has really helped our organization grow faster but also to make sure that we are grounded in our team communication - just because the boss said it, doesn't make it true, and there are no sacred cows.

 

It also enables your team to connect across geographies, if you are working remotely from each other, you can 'learn' each other and how your respective minds work, which then helps windtunnel ideas in your mind. It's sort of like the 'six hats' methodology, but instead you can model people's reactions in your mind, which helps your intial thinking so you can be transparent and comprehensive in inital sharing.

What @Naomi Moneypenny said - different perspectives, more voices in the conversation all help in creating a dynamic team culture.  Working out loud breaks down silos.  When people know what you're working on and your progress, the impact of your work and the potential for your work to help others is much greater.

When you post what you are working on, it brings awareness to potential project stakeholders that you hadn't considered and it is a great time to ask yourself, "should I even be working on this?"

Working out loud is a core practice in digital transformation. When you think about it many digital practices like agile, design thinking, collaboration and more involve increased transparency, connected communities and shorter feedback cycles. We can help our organisations adapt and become more responsive by working out loud internally and externally. We help ourselves get used to new ways of working by taking on this experience too

As a team that works mostly remote, working out loud has to be core to our culture in order for us all to stay on top of all the projects running simultaneously. I can't even picture how we'd manage if we weren't all sharing what we're doing every day. We actually have a group called "What I'm Doing Today" and everyone is supposed to post a SHORT summary every morning by 10am. It's like a virual agile stand-up, and it starts unplanned conversations every day.

Limits redundancy of effort when one of us starts a project, and a colleague notes that a similar project was completed some time ago.  An impromptu work team is instantly created as the success of the past can be applied and adapted to the needs of today.

Working out loud changes cultures from "need to know" to "who needs to know". This is a much different and more open model for people to operate. One in which people will default to sharing something the instant they know it vs. holding onto it. When people work out loud, it allows for information and learning to flow more freely and for people to make more informed decisions.

Totally agree with you, @Dean Swann. It's important to get an outside perspective to make sure you're on the right track.

When people share what they know, they don't often know who will be helped by that information. By working out loud, a person you've never met, never seen, possibly will never meet - you have made a difference in their work. This kind of behavior will show others that this is the "new way of working".

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Defaulting to openness is the only way to bring the mindfulness that modern demands of engagement and transparency need. You have to really question hard why you are keeping secrets, especially from your own team but even from customers. Things get out eventually. It is usually better to have planned for that to have hoped for perpetual secrecy.
Well, I and many of my team members approach problems and tasks with a "there is a lot I don't know yet" sort of attitude. This way, we get a lot out of working out loud. It puts individuals in a position to get prior research, the kind that maybe only a few long-term employees knew existed. You get people to help you build your ideas, meaning you sometimes end up with the vision for your 2nd, 3rd and 4th iteration of something. This changes the way you execute on the first version of something because you now know where things are going beyond the short term. Working out loud is great when you value collaboration.
Vision: It can help accelerate product issues in the supply chain from R&D, Manufacturing to Sales & Marketing by getting to the heart of issues from warehouse to logistics to stores to customer, by sharing issues (stockouts; faulty products) on the network fast and alerting "decision makers".
One facet I particularly enjoy is how excited everyone gets when we're brainstorming--even when it's one of those unscheduled, just happened to stop by your cube kind of things where suddenly everyone in earshot comes running. And I see this happening more and more.

Working out loud makes individuals and the company more successful by being able to see, understand, and influence content during the creation process. Mirroring an agile development style, exposing draft content, process, documents, etc. and opening it up to feedback provides the opportunity to improve the end result.

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