Project Management

Are We Taking Advantage of Virtual Opportunities?

Andy Jordan is President of Roffensian Consulting S.A., a Roatan, Honduras-based management consulting firm with a comprehensive project management practice. Andy always appreciates feedback and discussion on the issues raised in his articles and can be reached at [email protected] Andy's new book Risk Management for Project Driven Organizations is now available.

If I’m honest, the pandemic didn’t have much impact on my day-to-day working arrangements. I was already working virtually for almost all my clients with only occasional physical visits to one or two of them. As a result, I didn’t experience the disruption that many people went through as they were forced to adjust to a different way of working almost overnight. And I’m not in a situation where my home had to become multiple offices, school and daycare all at the same time.

That made it easier for me to focus on the opportunities created by remote working a little earlier than some people, and I know some of my clients were frustrated by my excitement over what they might now be able to achieve while they were still trying to figure out how to keep toddlers off of video conferences! However, we’ve now been working in this new environment for a year, and if you haven’t yet shifted your thinking from “getting by until it’s over” to “maximizing this new way of working,” then you need to.

I don’t mean to minimize the disruption that can be caused by remote or virtual working. But humans are resilient—the last year has certainly proved that, and we are able to adjust to disruptive environments quickly. While we may still long for a simpler working life, we are able to compensate for the …

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