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When talking about WoW
When talking about WoW, who chooses the way to work?
The worker, the team, the management or organization?
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Luis,
all of them for their level of responsibility.

A worker has the best judgment on how to bring their expertise to work.
An organization might chose to provide methods for types of projects, and many do thru their PMO.

Any PM is responsible to taylor their specific project, given EEFs as constraints and OPAs as support but also looking at their pool of available resources and experts.

In agile environments the team has a chance to taylor their WoW, under the given constraints.
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Nov 02, 2020 9:18 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Thomas
Thank you for sharing your perspective
When processes and procedures are defined which is the margin for teams, workers choose their way of working
The process of continuous improvement is also clearly defined
I like the DA term "semi-autonomous" as that implies that while team members play a primary role in defining their Way of Working, they do so within the guardrails of enterprise and regulatory policies & standards. In many companies, the PM acts as the buffer to keep the team safe by reminding them about these policies & standards working hand-in-hand with key control partners such as risk, privacy, compliance, legal and so on...

Kiron
The problem is taking this in isolation. It is a tendency that you can see today when people talk about agile for example. One of the people that have defined in detail what WoW means is Scott Ambler and Mark Lines. Obviously, is easy to see this today but I am using what Scott created from the very beginning he created and published it when working at IBM. If you take Scott´s definition you will have the answer to you question and you will see the WoW is defined for lot of components that belongs to the organizational architecture. The key thing is to understand agile and other approaches (and what Scott and Mark created plus Al Shalloway created) have been created with the basement on system theory which is the driver for consider an organization.
Hi Luis - What I have seen is an 'official' movement to new Ways of Working (WoW) is an organizational initiative as a mechanism to drive culture and behavioral change across all levels; individual, team, management, etc.

That said, we could define WoW in a variety of ways, whereas, any changes, at any level, could constitute a new WoW, though, that is in a different context.
From my point of view it is a shared team excercise to understand the current status of skills, organisational constraints, etc., led by PM. The WoW is evolving throughout the project and not a one-time excercise, adaptions were feasible and agreed are key.
Nov 01, 2020 6:03 AM
Replying to Thomas Walenta
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Luis,
all of them for their level of responsibility.

A worker has the best judgment on how to bring their expertise to work.
An organization might chose to provide methods for types of projects, and many do thru their PMO.

Any PM is responsible to taylor their specific project, given EEFs as constraints and OPAs as support but also looking at their pool of available resources and experts.

In agile environments the team has a chance to taylor their WoW, under the given constraints.
Dear Thomas
Thank you for sharing your perspective
When processes and procedures are defined which is the margin for teams, workers choose their way of working
The process of continuous improvement is also clearly defined
Well Mr. Kiron has summarized it quite well, the standard operating procedures has to evolve, timely revivals of these policies/ procedures is required, healthy, positive & ethical work culture impacts the WOW...

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