Disciplined Agile

Evolve Way of Working (WoW)

The Evolve Way of Working (WoW) process goal provides options for identifying and evolving how we will work together as a team. This goal is the combination of two former process goals, Form Work Environment and Improve Team Process and Environment, and it is highly related to the Continuous Improvement process blade. To be effective, we need to consider several important questions:

  • How will we organize our physical work space?
  • How will we communicate within the team?
  • How will we collaborate within the team?
  • What lifecycle will we follow?
  • How do we explore an existing process?
  • What processes/practices will we initially adopt?
  • How will we identify potential improvements?
  • How can we reuse existing practices/strategies?
  • How will we implement potential improvements within the team?
  • How will we capture our WoW?
  • How will we share effective practices with others within our organization?
  • What digital/software tools will we adopt?
2021 Project Management Institute Evolve Way of Working (WoW) v5.2 Physical Environment Dedicated workroom Caves and commons Agile Modeling/planning room Near-located cubicles Near-located offices Far-located members Open work area Choose Communication Styles Face to face around a shared sketching environment Face to face conversation Videoconferencing Phone conversations Group chat (online) Lightweight documentation Email Detailed documentation Choose Collaboration Styles Opportunistic nonsolo work Regular pairing Meetings/working sessions Individual work Select Life Cycle Agile Citizen development Citizen development (with IT) Continuous Delivery: Lean Continuous Delivery: Agile Exploratory Lean LeSS life cycle Nexus life cycle Program SAFe Scrum life cycle Serial Visualize Existing Process Value stream map Kanban board Business process model Tailor Initial Process Process-tailoring workshop Adopt organizational suggestions Adopt DAD suggestions Agile/lean method Identify Potential Improvements Value stream mapping Measure existing WoW Retrospectives Process modeling Structured survey Ad hoc process improvement Project postmortem Reuse Known Strategies Idea from Disciplined Agile (DA) tool kit Local core practice Core agile practice/best practice Prescriptive method/framework Implement Potential Improvements Guided continuous improvement Controlled experiment Measured improvement Periodic improvement Capture WoW Detailed team process Working agreement (external) Working agreement (internal) Share Improvements With Others Open spaces Hackathons Lean coffee sessions Practitioner presentation Discussion forums Capture/document improvement Write blog/article Word of mouth Organize Tool Environment Acceptance test Code analysis Configuration management Continuous deployment (CD) Continuous integration (CI) Dashboard Integrated development environment (IDE) Group chat Operational monitoring Sketching surface Task board Unit testing Wiki Work item (backlog) management

Figure 1. The Evolve WoW process goal diagram (click to enlarge).

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Choose Your WoW!

The strategies/practices referenced in the goal diagram above are described, including the trade-offs involved and considerations for when (not) to apply them, in the book Choose Your WoW! A Disciplined Agile Delivery Handbook for Optimizing Your Way of Working.

If you want to succeed at enterprise agile you need choices, not prescriptions.

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