About The Library of Knowledge

VWLoK home page

 

The Virtual Workforce Library of Knowledge (VWLoK) is a database of organized and integrated information, related to the governance and management of a business, non-profit, federal agency, or other type of enterprise, organization, or program-project, whose working environment is

  • totally virtual,
  • mainly virtual, with one or more brick and mortar elements,
  • mainly brick and mortar, with one or more virtual element(s), or
  • totally brick and mortar, with or without intention of going virtual.

 

Membership in the iVWM is required for access to the VWLoK.

The purpose of the Knowledge is to provide all users of the Library, with the specific insight they need, to practice their profession, in unison with, the other professions in their enterprise.

Purpose

 

When everybody knows 'who-does-what', what happens, happens with communication and understanding of what should be happening. In other words, the Library promotes everyone working with the guidance of a navigation system which supports the goals and intentions of their work, and the work of others.

The Library is a GPS device used for enabling and assuring everybody and everything arriving at the same ultimate milestone, the outcome of the results, accomplishing the goals used for measuring success.

gps

 

The Library provides this Knowledge to the practitioner using it, relative to the specific knowledge of the other practitioners which support and/or depend on the work of the practitioner using it, and the way everyone and key resources 'fit' into the workings of the enterprise.

When everybody does, what everybody needs to do to satisfy everybody's needs, everybody gets, what everybody needs to do their work.

team handoff

 

Therefore, the value in the use of the Library is, through this method of knowledge distribution, the workforce has the insight needed to be empowered to work within the limits of governance controls, with minimal need for help or management interventions.

This in turn, fosters a working environment which enables and assures discipline, adaptiveness, efficiency, effectiveness, quality, innovation, and other characteristics promoting business agility.

When everybody's work is quickly and ultimately getting to where everybody must get to, the work they did, then realizes the capabilities that everybody expects.

value and satisfaction

  

The satisfaction this insight into the workings of the enterprise provides practitioners is, the ability  for them, and other practitioners they interface with, to know, understand and communicate business compliance to, assurance with, and oversight of, the basic and fundamental way, a successful business is expected to operate, and to be managed and controlled.

In this way, use of the knowledge enables and assures the desired results, intended outcomes, and consistency across the organizations, programs, projects, analyses, plans, mission and strategies of the business.

Governance, organization and integration of the workforce is not easy, but it is the way a business consistently succeeds. Working in a virtual work environment only makes governing, organizing and integrating harder to do. Knowledge tools providing insight into the way 'things' are expected to work, are an absolute must.

systematic

 

The Knowledge is structured, aligned, and displayed to be quickly used to

  • Develop a virtual workforce capability
  • Work in a virtual working environment
  • Manage a virtual workforce

Therefore, the Library provides the Knowledge needed to prepare for, achieve, and maintain the ability to realize workforce virtualization.

The knowledge is differentiated by Knowledge Space Topic, each Knowledge Space presented as one or more web pages, dedicated to the topic, presenting the knowledge on the topic, from the perspective of the topic, with

  • links to subtopics provided on the right sidebar of the page
  • links in text and metadata, to bi-directional references within the library,
knowledge space sized

 

Depending on interests, the scope of work, and the knowledge needed, the main entry points to the knowledge are provided by quick links to their Knowledge Spaces, through 3 sets of perspectives of the knowledge in the library, to help better navigate and use the library and its content, through different points-of-view, to satisfy different views-of-interests.

The links to these sets of perspectives and their elements are available through the Library Navigation Menu Tabs & Pull-Downs, located at the top of each Knowledge Space, as shown in the following figure, with the arrow to the 2nd graphic indicating the "Library of Knowledge" Tab Highlighted in Orange Text displaying links to the elements of the set.

VWLoK Menu

 

Metadata Reports on the resources related to the topic are found at the bottom of the page, where appropriate to the topic, as shown on the VW Management, Leadership and Coordination Capability Knowledge Space.

metadata reports sized

 

Clicking on links in the metadata report, will launch a popup window providing all metadata on the topic of the link, with links to the Knowledge Spaces of the topic and related resources.

Clicking on the links in the popup window will navigate to the knowledge space on the topic.

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Navigating The VWLoK

Depending on interests, the scope of work, and the knowledge needed, the main entry points to the knowledge are provided by quick links to their Knowledge Spaces, through 3 sets of perspectives of the knowledge in the library, to help better navigate and use the library and its content, through different points-of-view, to satisfy different views-of-interests.

perspectives

An example use of a perspective is Capability Spaces which presents the knowledge from a Capability point-of-view, with the relationships to the associated Knowledge Domain and Resources needed. This is a useful perspective for the practitioner to see all that is involved in identifying, analyzing, planning, developing and operating a capability, presenting knowledge related to the way capabilities are realized, a complex, cross-functional, multi-organizational effort, involving multiple knowledge domains.

capability spaces

 

For example, a program management user, interested in knowing, understanding, and communicating the basics and fundamentals of the resources, they and others are responsible for, and the way they fit into the overall effort in leading a virtual team capability, would use this perspective.

In this case the program management user would navigate the library using the Library navigation menu

VWLoK Menu VWMLCC

 

to the VW Management, Leadership, and Coordination Capability, and open the resource metadata reporting to see:

VWMLCCVWMLCC in KDsVWMLCC by ProcessesVWMLCC produces WPsVWMLCC in RolesVWMLCC in SOPs

 

Further use would involve, for an example, using the reporting data to navigate to the VWLoK Space to see which Lead Roles are involved in the Service Delivery Planning, Management and Control SOP activities.

SDPMC SOPs in Roles