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The WoW Factor

Could Choosing our Way of Working (WoW) revolutionize project results in all types of organizations?

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The Concept of WoW in DAD

  1. People first. People, and the way we work together, are the primary determinants of success for a solution delivery team. DAD supports a robust set of roles, rights, and responsibilities that you can tailor to meet the needs of your situation.
  2. Hybrid. DAD is a hybrid tool kit that puts great ideas from Scrum, SAFe, Spotify, Agile Modeling (AM), Extreme Programming (XP), Unified Process (UP), Kanban, Lean Software Development, and several other methods into context.
  3. Full-delivery life cycle. DAD addresses the full-delivery life cycle, from team initiation all the way to delivering a solution to your end users.
  4. Support for multiple life cycles. DAD supports agile, lean, continuous delivery, exploratory, and large-team versions of the life cycle. DAD doesn’t prescribe a single life cycle because it recognizes that one process approach does not fit all….
  5. Complete. DAD shows how development, modeling, architecture, management, requirements/outcomes, documentation, governance, and other strategies fit together in a streamlined whole. DAD does the “process heavy lifting” that other methods leave up to you.
  6. Context-sensitive. DAD promotes…a goal-driven or outcome-driven approach…(providing) contextual advice regarding viable alternatives and their trade-offs, enabling you to tailor DAD to effectively address the situation in which you find yourself. By describing what works, what doesn’t work, and…why, DAD helps you to increase your chance of adopting strategies that will work….
  7. Consumable solutions over working software. Potentially shippable software is a good start, but what we really need are consumable solutions that delight our customers.
  8. Self-organization with appropriate governance. Agile and lean teams are self-organizing, which means that the people who do the work are the ones who plan and estimate it. But that doesn’t mean they can do whatever they want. They must still work in an enterprise-aware manner that reflects the priorities of their organization…governed appropriately by senior leadership….
  • You put actual effort into determining the best approach — or Way of Working — for each project
  • Instead of blindly accepting one corporate standard for how software projects are done, you actually work with your Project Management Office (PMO) or other project office function, including the project / software process experts who are part of this function, to determine the best approach.
  • You evolve your WoW as needed during the course of your project. As Ambler and Lines point out: “DAD teams will often evolve from one life cycle to another.”

How WoW Can Be Applied to All Project Work

  1. An increased investment in Project Management Coaches (PMCs). These PMCs would need to include the Disciplined Agile Coaches (DAC) that Ambler and Lines recommend to support Project Managers (PMs) and Scrum Masters (SMs) on Agile projects, but we’d also want some expert coaches to support our process and non-agile projects (you cannot construct a building through a purely Agile process).
  2. The other thing we’d need to do is to rethink the types of leaders we have in our project office organization. These leaders can no longer be the scolding, gate-keeper types who enforce rigid project methodologies. The type of leader required for DPD would have to have a much more open minded and facilitative style, since, like in DAD, in DPD, teams would ultimately select their Way of Working (WoW).



Brutally honest thinking and commentary about managing (and sometimes even just surviving) Projects edited by Peter Walzer, Principal of Blue Globe Management Consulting (a division of Blue Globe Group, Inc.,

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Peter Walzer

Peter Walzer has over 30 years of experience in management consulting, project management, systems development, and “get up you’re not hurt” persistence.