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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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Dear Luis,

I think in this moment more problematic that only projects. Is affecting operations also, always menacing closing all that produce value and make the economy grow.
I think that must be weighted a balance between the danger of spreading a disease and the danger of collapsing the global economy, what is worst.

About projects, a big part of projects can be conducted online, and i am aware of the effort that companies are making to transform the live activities in virtual or online activities, however a lot of areas are not prepared to that sudden transformation like construction, mechatronics,etc.. and certainly the investment to make this activities independent from human presence for now is to high to be supportable specially in this economical moment.

Alexandre
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Mar 13, 2020 1:35 PM
Luis Branco
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Dear Alexandre
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

We really live in challenging times ...
That will completely change the way we work
In operations, robots and artificial intelligence are rapidly replacing human beings

The other day, several examples of robots in civil construction were cited

What do you say about 3D printing?

Mechatronics is your square :-)
Only Alexandre can tell me if it's possible ...
We did our first on line Toastmaster meeting this week. A great success due to the effort to prepare and set up ; the briefing of participants and the enthusiasm of the members to try. A great learning experience.
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Mar 13, 2020 1:37 PM
Luis Branco
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Dear Tim
Interesting this experience that you reported in Toastmasters
Were there many people in the session?
What platform did they use?
Mar 13, 2020 1:10 PM
Replying to Stéphane Parent
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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.
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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1 reply by Stéphane Parent
Mar 13, 2020 1:38 PM
Stéphane Parent
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Absolutely, Luis. It's a fine balance between offering a supportive environment and offering new growth opportunities.
From my experience of virtual meetings, toastmaster meetings need everyone to be involved and engaged so a normal face to face session with 20-25 is too many for a virtual session may be better with 12-16. The other thing is to keep the novelty and find ways to make it a learning experience. There needs to be good rapport through the club.
Mar 13, 2020 1:13 PM
Replying to Alexandre Costa
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Dear Luis,

I think in this moment more problematic that only projects. Is affecting operations also, always menacing closing all that produce value and make the economy grow.
I think that must be weighted a balance between the danger of spreading a disease and the danger of collapsing the global economy, what is worst.

About projects, a big part of projects can be conducted online, and i am aware of the effort that companies are making to transform the live activities in virtual or online activities, however a lot of areas are not prepared to that sudden transformation like construction, mechatronics,etc.. and certainly the investment to make this activities independent from human presence for now is to high to be supportable specially in this economical moment.

Alexandre
Dear Alexandre
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

We really live in challenging times ...
That will completely change the way we work
In operations, robots and artificial intelligence are rapidly replacing human beings

The other day, several examples of robots in civil construction were cited

What do you say about 3D printing?

Mechatronics is your square :-)
Only Alexandre can tell me if it's possible ...
Mar 13, 2020 1:20 PM
Replying to Tim Podesta
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We did our first on line Toastmaster meeting this week. A great success due to the effort to prepare and set up ; the briefing of participants and the enthusiasm of the members to try. A great learning experience.
Dear Tim
Interesting this experience that you reported in Toastmasters
Were there many people in the session?
What platform did they use?
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1 reply by Tim Podesta
Mar 14, 2020 5:08 AM
Tim Podesta
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We had 12 on line and used zoom. We used all the usual toastmaster roles and did the normal agenda - timing was by a shared clock.
Mar 13, 2020 1:23 PM
Replying to 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
Absolutely, Luis. It's a fine balance between offering a supportive environment and offering new growth opportunities.
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Mar 13, 2020 1:42 PM
Luis Branco
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Dear Stéphane
We agree
The path is made by walking ...
Mar 13, 2020 1:38 PM
Replying to Stéphane Parent
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Absolutely, Luis. It's a fine balance between offering a supportive environment and offering new growth opportunities.
Dear Stéphane
We agree
The path is made by walking ...
Dear Luis,

To some extent the remote worker and working online is about discipline. Not needing someone looking over your shoulder checking how productive you are out of the office and in a unstructured and unmonitored environments with plenty of distractions.

I think working online is just using cloud technologies in your work, not a big difference expected from that end.

The big challenge is not in the implementation phase of the project but in the requirements gathering and capturing phase as face to face interaction is I believe essential for this aspect of the project. A lot of detail can be missed by only and exclusively conducting your project remotely and online.

Also by everybody responding the same way to a situation means their is very little room to manoeuvre and daily routines and project plans are disrupted.

Daire
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Mar 13, 2020 3:47 PM
Luis Branco
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Dear Daire
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

Yes, we agree. Working remotely or online, in my opinion, is the same thing (although the use of technology can be important)

Requirements gathering, video conference versus face to face conversation.
Is there a big difference?

The second issue is related to the organization of work
Mar 13, 2020 2:15 PM
Replying to Daire Guiney
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Dear Luis,

To some extent the remote worker and working online is about discipline. Not needing someone looking over your shoulder checking how productive you are out of the office and in a unstructured and unmonitored environments with plenty of distractions.

I think working online is just using cloud technologies in your work, not a big difference expected from that end.

The big challenge is not in the implementation phase of the project but in the requirements gathering and capturing phase as face to face interaction is I believe essential for this aspect of the project. A lot of detail can be missed by only and exclusively conducting your project remotely and online.

Also by everybody responding the same way to a situation means their is very little room to manoeuvre and daily routines and project plans are disrupted.

Daire
Dear Daire
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

Yes, we agree. Working remotely or online, in my opinion, is the same thing (although the use of technology can be important)

Requirements gathering, video conference versus face to face conversation.
Is there a big difference?

The second issue is related to the organization of work
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