Re: Working Out Loud - I can’t even hear myself think #WOL #information-overload

Robert L. Bogue

Tom – Are you okay if I forward your message to John Stepper to see what his thoughts are?  John and I correspond semi-regularly and I’d be interested in his perspective.  I agree with you … there’s a lot of loud and not always a lot of work…



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I wonder how many WOL adherents could actually articulate what the purpose of WOL is, and how it adds value to their efforts? 

The challenge I’ve seen with WOL (and honestly the issue I have with it), is that there’s a lot of energy devoted to the “out loud” part (very loud in some cases); and a lot of people “working out” what they should be doing part; but in the end very little by way of actual “work” getting done. 

WOL was a great rallying cry to drive adoption of tools like Slack, Yammer, Jabber, etc. Brilliant bit of marketing, really. And in it’s original form it had merit - merit that was all but lost once it was co-opted by those who used it to sell their wares; and end-users who adopted for myriad reasons that had not much to do with actual collaboration and working. My $0.02, anyways. 


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