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Impact of CoronaVirus spread on your Projects
Dear All, Today in our Risk Management Meeting this issue came into highlight so, we are trying to asses how this is affecting our Projects.

I would like to hear from this community , how your projects are being affected by the outbreak of Virus?

Love your read your feedback , experiences and what you people are doing about it?
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We are being encouraged to tele-work, but that does not translate to physical construction, and should our physical location close, there will be an obvious impact to ongoing construction.
I have noted that many people continue to work at our physical locations, but interactions are more likely to be phone or online.
As the situation continues to develop, I am sure there will be additional impacts.
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1 reply by Asif Gul
Apr 04, 2020 3:23 AM
Asif Gul
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Hi Julia,
Yes, we are also working form home and In my opinion construction industry projects will suffer more from this pandemic situation as compare to software industry projects.
In general COVID19 has impact on some of our projects, delay and cancelation of necessary in person meetings. Other than that I can see the volume of work is the same as it was before. COVID19 definitely push the PMs to approach their projects more as an agile approach rather than a traditional way of management. As the impact of COVID 19 is changing on day to day basis, I think we should re visit our schedules, scopes and clients needs as well on daily basis.
My project is now on the back burner since it depended on footfall into retail stores. The retailer just shut 500+ stores!
The key item to understand impacts is to understand why a project is started: it is for creating a solution to business problem which will transform the organizational architecture as a whole. With that on hand then you can evaluate the impact in all the layers impacted by the project/program: business, application, technology, information, security.
We will successfully finish the projects at a late stage of realization. We have projects in the middle phase of implementation (in another continent) in my portfolio, some of them with active fieldwork in the pre-infection period. Now we have moved to work at home with a constant exchange of information on the course of activities. We are trying to implement this little knowledge of Agile that we have :-). So far, it is going well. We expect very serious and long term consequences for all aspects of business, so we introduced the measures we had during the emergency state in the 1990s when the bombing was going-on (with less than 60 detected infected in the country, at the moment of introducing these measures).
I am a project manager on some very large projects for the State of California educational system. I'm concerned that funding will be cut or diverted. Right now we are trying to pivot and be as agile as possible but at least for the short term it feels like our project plans may not be able to move forward. Does anyone else work in the government sector will some ideas how we can find some progress in light of all of this?
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1 reply by Wade Harshman
Mar 24, 2020 10:23 AM
Wade Harshman
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From my limited experience with government projects, you might be protected merely because your funding has already been approved. Governments typically are slow to change; they approve large "buckets of money" and those funds are required to be spent only on the things for which they were approved.

That said, we're in uncertain times. It's possible that a lot of our projects may be put on hold to divert people, money, and resources to new priorities.
Mar 23, 2020 2:21 PM
Replying to David Burchiel
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I am a project manager on some very large projects for the State of California educational system. I'm concerned that funding will be cut or diverted. Right now we are trying to pivot and be as agile as possible but at least for the short term it feels like our project plans may not be able to move forward. Does anyone else work in the government sector will some ideas how we can find some progress in light of all of this?
From my limited experience with government projects, you might be protected merely because your funding has already been approved. Governments typically are slow to change; they approve large "buckets of money" and those funds are required to be spent only on the things for which they were approved.

That said, we're in uncertain times. It's possible that a lot of our projects may be put on hold to divert people, money, and resources to new priorities.
Not to respond to myself, but just today I dealt with a project that makes little sense given the mandatory social distancing we're in, right now. The request to move it to a later date was denied, because the funding was approved late last year, and it must be spent.

Governments are not agile. They're very unresponsive to change.
As we all can see, things are getting worse day by day around the world, the impact on all aspects of human live shall be huge.
So many projects shall be impacted and unemployment shall be on rise in project industry .
Dear Asif,

An update from my own home country of Ireland as to how Coronavirus/COVID-19 is effected day to day life.

All public places are closed except outlets for food and Chemists.

Drones are being used in parks, beaches and in streets to ensure people are observing social distancing.

People are not allow to leave a two kilometer zone from their house which is being enforced by random and rolling police checkpoints.

People have in increasing numbers started using face masks and scarfs to cover their face in public area.

Daily traffic is none existent while public transport, airports and ports are still operating as per normal.

These relatively extreme conditions are constantly being monitored and increased according to the numbers of new case of the COVID-19 virus confirmed and death toll as a result.

Daire
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1 reply by Asif Gul
Apr 04, 2020 3:26 AM
Asif Gul
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Thanks Daire,

This is the case everywhere, almost in every major country right now.
We hope things will get better in period of one to two months.

Asif
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