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Working online and impact on projects
This virus can completely change our paradigm in relation to the way we work (many people are now working online)

To what extent can the projects you manage be carried out online?
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Working online and holding virtual meetings is familiar to many projects. The next challenge is moving to 100% online for a period - this includes workshops and team meetings which are normally in person. The challenge is to hone our skills in presenting and being present - both are essential. In other words to be engaging when talking, and to remain engaged when not. It is too easy to be distracted and there are lot of tips that can help - and lots of learning I am still doing,
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Mar 13, 2020 11:43 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Tim
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

Working 100% online: This is exactly the challenge that we have today (and that, in a way, is being tested)

Are we prepared for this change?
What will the organization be like if the work is 100% done online?
Mar 13, 2020 11:24 AM
Replying to Tim Podesta
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Working online and holding virtual meetings is familiar to many projects. The next challenge is moving to 100% online for a period - this includes workshops and team meetings which are normally in person. The challenge is to hone our skills in presenting and being present - both are essential. In other words to be engaging when talking, and to remain engaged when not. It is too easy to be distracted and there are lot of tips that can help - and lots of learning I am still doing,
Dear Tim
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

Working 100% online: This is exactly the challenge that we have today (and that, in a way, is being tested)

Are we prepared for this change?
What will the organization be like if the work is 100% done online?
Yes, we can transition many face-to-face meetings to virtual meetings. WebEx meetings are already a norm in my domain with aerospace suppliers spread out globally from USA, UK, France to Japan mostly scheduled at odd hours (early mornings or late evenings) as all are on different time zones than me based in Dubai. Nevertheless, in-person review meetings at supplier facilities are still required for my deliverables such as Critical Design Review (CDR), First Article Inspection (FAI), Final Software Acceptance Test (FSAT), etc.
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2 replies by Luis Branco and Tim Podesta
Mar 13, 2020 12:06 PM
Tim Podesta
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A great example of moving more online, the challenge if moving some of the 'in-person' review meetings on line. For me I am lookinG looking at facilitating a major workshop remotely -with many - possible all participants on line.
Mar 13, 2020 12:11 PM
Luis Branco
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Dear Mahadevan
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

The paradigm shift is exactly there.
All project work is done online
It's possible?
What would the organization of people be like in such a situation?
Mar 13, 2020 11:57 AM
Replying to Mahadevan Sannasy
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Yes, we can transition many face-to-face meetings to virtual meetings. WebEx meetings are already a norm in my domain with aerospace suppliers spread out globally from USA, UK, France to Japan mostly scheduled at odd hours (early mornings or late evenings) as all are on different time zones than me based in Dubai. Nevertheless, in-person review meetings at supplier facilities are still required for my deliverables such as Critical Design Review (CDR), First Article Inspection (FAI), Final Software Acceptance Test (FSAT), etc.
A great example of moving more online, the challenge if moving some of the 'in-person' review meetings on line. For me I am lookinG looking at facilitating a major workshop remotely -with many - possible all participants on line.
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Mar 13, 2020 12:20 PM
Luis Branco
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Dear Tim
Thank you for this opinion
For example, here at ProjectManagement.com, conferences (their dissemination and probably their organization are entirely online)
In these conferences, my opinion, only the video is missing.
I've watched here, in our community, an event with video (a jazz orchestra)

Returning to the topic that led me to ask this question: 100% of the work online.
- It's possible?
- What type of organization is most suitable for people working on projects?
Mar 13, 2020 11:57 AM
Replying to Mahadevan Sannasy
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Yes, we can transition many face-to-face meetings to virtual meetings. WebEx meetings are already a norm in my domain with aerospace suppliers spread out globally from USA, UK, France to Japan mostly scheduled at odd hours (early mornings or late evenings) as all are on different time zones than me based in Dubai. Nevertheless, in-person review meetings at supplier facilities are still required for my deliverables such as Critical Design Review (CDR), First Article Inspection (FAI), Final Software Acceptance Test (FSAT), etc.
Dear Mahadevan
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

The paradigm shift is exactly there.
All project work is done online
It's possible?
What would the organization of people be like in such a situation?
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1 reply by Mahadevan Sannasy
Mar 13, 2020 12:55 PM
Mahadevan Sannasy
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Dear Luis,

All project work done online is definitely possible in my opinion in the not too far future with the advent of AI, Machine Learning, Deep Learning and Big Data Analytics that have become the buzz-words in all industries these days. When machines become intelligent and with low latency high speed satellite network connectivity that is taking shape now i.e. 5G/OneWeb/Starlink, it will be possible or inevitable I should say..
The organisation can be the same but the skills required will be different regarding communication and use of technology
Mar 13, 2020 12:06 PM
Replying to Tim Podesta
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A great example of moving more online, the challenge if moving some of the 'in-person' review meetings on line. For me I am lookinG looking at facilitating a major workshop remotely -with many - possible all participants on line.
Dear Tim
Thank you for this opinion
For example, here at ProjectManagement.com, conferences (their dissemination and probably their organization are entirely online)
In these conferences, my opinion, only the video is missing.
I've watched here, in our community, an event with video (a jazz orchestra)

Returning to the topic that led me to ask this question: 100% of the work online.
- It's possible?
- What type of organization is most suitable for people working on projects?
Mar 13, 2020 12:11 PM
Replying to Luis Branco
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Dear Mahadevan
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

The paradigm shift is exactly there.
All project work is done online
It's possible?
What would the organization of people be like in such a situation?
Dear Luis,

All project work done online is definitely possible in my opinion in the not too far future with the advent of AI, Machine Learning, Deep Learning and Big Data Analytics that have become the buzz-words in all industries these days. When machines become intelligent and with low latency high speed satellite network connectivity that is taking shape now i.e. 5G/OneWeb/Starlink, it will be possible or inevitable I should say..
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Mar 13, 2020 1:02 PM
Luis Branco
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Dear Mahadevan

Thank you for your opinion

In some countries (Italy, for example) people have to work online today and for a few months (is it a rehearsal for an emerging way of working?)

In terms of people's organization, do you foresee changes in the way they work?
Mar 13, 2020 12:55 PM
Replying to Mahadevan Sannasy
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Dear Luis,

All project work done online is definitely possible in my opinion in the not too far future with the advent of AI, Machine Learning, Deep Learning and Big Data Analytics that have become the buzz-words in all industries these days. When machines become intelligent and with low latency high speed satellite network connectivity that is taking shape now i.e. 5G/OneWeb/Starlink, it will be possible or inevitable I should say..
Dear Mahadevan

Thank you for your opinion

In some countries (Italy, for example) people have to work online today and for a few months (is it a rehearsal for an emerging way of working?)

In terms of people's organization, do you foresee changes in the way they work?
We are looking at introducing online presentations in our Toastmasters meetings for two reasons. First, we may have to hold totally virtual meetings in the very near future. Second, it's a great way for people to develop their remote leadership skills.
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Mar 13, 2020 1:23 PM
Luis Branco
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Dear Stéphane
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

I once had the opportunity to participate in a Toastmaster club with only virtual sessions (online)

Unfortunately, after some time, we had to suspend the activity for two reasons:
- Few people in the sessions and, consequently, concentration of several roles in the same person
- Few speakers in the different sessions

It was a very rewarding experience.
Was it premature?

On the other hand, what leadership skills do we focus on to be able to lead strictly online?

Challenging, no doubt
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