Q1: What is Working Out Loud?

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Q1: To start, what does Working out Loud mean to you?

 

Question Two is live here

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To me, Working Out Loud is about teamwork. It brings your teammates into your world and shares not only context, but responsibility for the bigger picture and how your work contributes to that goal. It can involve a lot of effort (and anxiety) to make the leap, but it will definitely change your perspective on work, collaboration, inboxes and information sharing.
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For me, working out loud is giving others on your immediate team, and even others on other teams across your org, the chance to positively impact your work--before the first or final draft/iteration/process is decided or finished! Many times your coworkers have valuable, undiscovered, information related to your work that could prevent you from starting from scratch or executing alone.
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Being unafraid to put your idea out there even when it's in its infancy--because as Mel says, you never know who knows something, and to expand on that, you never know who can help make it shine and succeed beyond your initial scope.
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Important to capture that business value! That's what will convince other teams to join you.
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John Stepper describes five elements of working out loud: Visible Work, Generosity, Relationships, Purposeful Discovery and a Growth Mindset. See http://workingoutloud.com/blog/the-5-elements-of-working-out-loud-revisited

This is working out loud! This is us! @Lana O'Brien @Anna Chu, @Angus Florance, @Michael Holste, @Deleted, @Steve Nguyen, @Maddie Egan

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