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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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Mar 16, 2020 6:49 AM
Replying to Bert Lopez
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The virus crisis is acting as an accelerator, to what gradually was becoming more common: Home office/Virtual teams.
However not all works can be carried out in this manner (for example production, construction) though can be managed remotely.
It is a challenge to the infrastructure (IT, security, aso) and perhaps a relief for the environment (less comuting and business trips)
Dear Bert
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

Interesting what you wrote:
"The virus crisis is acting as an accelerator, to what gradually was becoming more common: Home office / Virtual teams."

and
"However not all works can be carried out in this manner (for example production, construction) though can be managed remotely"

Production, logistics and supply are also areas in which (for the time being)

For a while I imagined robots dealing with agriculture and sending products to our homes but managed remotely :-)
Mar 16, 2020 7:03 AM
Replying to Daire Guiney
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Dear Luis,

I would see trust and a level of maturity as something that are intricately linked.

Most employers would prefer not to have to monitor an employees level of productivity and instead see that they are properly equiped to do their job and know what is expected from them.

This would come back to Steve Jobs Quote, "Love what you do". If you love what you do then their is no reason for an employer to worry about your level of commitment to an organisations.

The trust that is required for all office based employees to work remotely requires that people would be enthusised about their job and self motivated.

Some tools that are used to self motivate people included pay rises, bonuses, commission based incentives, staff incentives and contributory pensions.

However these only have a temporary effect so again is comes back to the "love what you do" thinking.

Daire
Dear Daire
Thank you for sharing your opinion with us

Not all people do what they like to survive

Can we learn to like what we do?

Have you had the opportunity to watch the video: "RSA ANIMATE: Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us"?

It is worth using these 10 minutes (duration) to obtain valuable information

After you saw the video, I would like you to share your opinion about what you saw :-)
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1 reply by Daire Guiney
Mar 19, 2020 9:18 AM
Daire Guiney
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Dear Luis,

I would see what was discussed in the video as evolution not revolution.

People are seeing what works in their lives and wanting that instead. Money is only a means to an end and incentives were associated with the excesses of the financial bubble and collapse.

As a result people want a job that is rewarding and that has some relevance in society.

A lot of apps on the Apple Store and Google play store are just been built and designed for the sake of it with little to differentiate one app from another. It is the same template just being repeated over and over again.

The business model and platform that Steve Jobs brought to the market has been replicated in many different business models and now the market needs a new creator to take it in a different direction.

The growth in mobile apps has reached beyond a saturation point and I do not see much more economic growth that can be obtained by only developing in this direction.

I think technology should instead be focused not just on consumer products but technology that actually makes some tangible contribution to society.

Daire
Mar 16, 2020 7:09 AM
Replying to Sergio Luis Conte
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When I worked on line I worked in virtual teams obviously. Both concepts exsts from long time ago including before 1988 where I started working on this type of environments. The problem is when people fall in the trap to buy buzzwords instead of thinking about the basement of the architectures/approaches behing. Nothing new below the sun generally speaking, as I stated. Impossible is nothing, today and long time ago. So, I understand your post, I think it is interesting and then I decided to participate. My first post is what I think on the matter.
Dear Sergio
I love to read your opinion about the topics covered in the different topics

We agree when you write: "Nothing new below the sun generally speaking, as I stated. Impossible is nothing, today and long time ago"
Mar 19, 2020 7:02 AM
Replying to Luis Branco
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Dear Daire
Thank you for sharing your opinion with us

Not all people do what they like to survive

Can we learn to like what we do?

Have you had the opportunity to watch the video: "RSA ANIMATE: Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us"?

It is worth using these 10 minutes (duration) to obtain valuable information

After you saw the video, I would like you to share your opinion about what you saw :-)
Dear Luis,

I would see what was discussed in the video as evolution not revolution.

People are seeing what works in their lives and wanting that instead. Money is only a means to an end and incentives were associated with the excesses of the financial bubble and collapse.

As a result people want a job that is rewarding and that has some relevance in society.

A lot of apps on the Apple Store and Google play store are just been built and designed for the sake of it with little to differentiate one app from another. It is the same template just being repeated over and over again.

The business model and platform that Steve Jobs brought to the market has been replicated in many different business models and now the market needs a new creator to take it in a different direction.

The growth in mobile apps has reached beyond a saturation point and I do not see much more economic growth that can be obtained by only developing in this direction.

I think technology should instead be focused not just on consumer products but technology that actually makes some tangible contribution to society.

Daire
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Mar 19, 2020 2:52 PM
Luis Branco
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Dear Daire
Thank you for sharing your opinion with us

If we analyze agriculture, we have seen major developments supported by technology:
- Tractors that plow the land without a driver (using GPS)
- Hydroponic crops of horticultural products in which water fertilization (and / or phytosanitary treatments) is carried out without human intervention (and are managed online)
Of course, apps are used :-)

I could look for other examples in the row of these businesses (where the entire logistics chain is) and the use of technology that can be used remotely

The same happens with other sectors of activity
Depending on the project, it would have some impacts. For us that teleworking has been done before, I don't foresee drastic changes in productivity, but it does have an impact on team members that haven't done online or remote working.
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Mar 19, 2020 2:54 PM
Luis Branco
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Dear Juan
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

We agree.
It is necessary to have an adaptation period
Do you want a better time for this to happen?
Mar 19, 2020 9:18 AM
Replying to Daire Guiney
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Dear Luis,

I would see what was discussed in the video as evolution not revolution.

People are seeing what works in their lives and wanting that instead. Money is only a means to an end and incentives were associated with the excesses of the financial bubble and collapse.

As a result people want a job that is rewarding and that has some relevance in society.

A lot of apps on the Apple Store and Google play store are just been built and designed for the sake of it with little to differentiate one app from another. It is the same template just being repeated over and over again.

The business model and platform that Steve Jobs brought to the market has been replicated in many different business models and now the market needs a new creator to take it in a different direction.

The growth in mobile apps has reached beyond a saturation point and I do not see much more economic growth that can be obtained by only developing in this direction.

I think technology should instead be focused not just on consumer products but technology that actually makes some tangible contribution to society.

Daire
Dear Daire
Thank you for sharing your opinion with us

If we analyze agriculture, we have seen major developments supported by technology:
- Tractors that plow the land without a driver (using GPS)
- Hydroponic crops of horticultural products in which water fertilization (and / or phytosanitary treatments) is carried out without human intervention (and are managed online)
Of course, apps are used :-)

I could look for other examples in the row of these businesses (where the entire logistics chain is) and the use of technology that can be used remotely

The same happens with other sectors of activity
...
1 reply by Daire Guiney
Mar 19, 2020 4:06 PM
Daire Guiney
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Dear Luis,

I agree but this is merging existing technology, mashing existing ways of doing something together.

If you delve in deeper, there has not been any great leap in technology break through is quite a while. All technology has been built on its predecessor in increment and iterative.

A recent webinar that I watched discussed that we on at the fourth industrial revolution, the information revolution, but however this is more evolution and merging of existing technologies and process improvement in the consumer/business/logistic/supply chain.

It seems that we are all drawing from the same well of innovation and making very little progress as a result. Its a copy/paste innovation cycle.

Daire
Mar 19, 2020 1:44 PM
Replying to Juan Barrera
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Depending on the project, it would have some impacts. For us that teleworking has been done before, I don't foresee drastic changes in productivity, but it does have an impact on team members that haven't done online or remote working.
Dear Juan
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

We agree.
It is necessary to have an adaptation period
Do you want a better time for this to happen?
Mar 19, 2020 2:52 PM
Replying to Luis Branco
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Dear Daire
Thank you for sharing your opinion with us

If we analyze agriculture, we have seen major developments supported by technology:
- Tractors that plow the land without a driver (using GPS)
- Hydroponic crops of horticultural products in which water fertilization (and / or phytosanitary treatments) is carried out without human intervention (and are managed online)
Of course, apps are used :-)

I could look for other examples in the row of these businesses (where the entire logistics chain is) and the use of technology that can be used remotely

The same happens with other sectors of activity
Dear Luis,

I agree but this is merging existing technology, mashing existing ways of doing something together.

If you delve in deeper, there has not been any great leap in technology break through is quite a while. All technology has been built on its predecessor in increment and iterative.

A recent webinar that I watched discussed that we on at the fourth industrial revolution, the information revolution, but however this is more evolution and merging of existing technologies and process improvement in the consumer/business/logistic/supply chain.

It seems that we are all drawing from the same well of innovation and making very little progress as a result. Its a copy/paste innovation cycle.

Daire
Mar 14, 2020 7:40 AM
Replying to Daire Guiney
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Dear Luis,

Yes I would say that there is a big difference between Video Conferencing and Face to Face Conversation.

This difference became more noticeable to me when I conducted a Skype Interview for a project management role. It is more difficult to interact and get your point across especially when you are not the one controlling the interview.

This issue arises also when trying to interview stakeholders and contributors to a project by video conferencing. No matter how well prepared and structured the meeting/interview is there is something of a intangible resources that is missing from the meeting that requires follow up communications and clarifications.

Having access to the same tools online remotely as you would have in your organizations office has being reached but what is missing is the personal interaction with your work colleagues that generates new ideas, new approaches, problem solving and improved forms of communication that can deescalate issues which is missing when working remotely.

Daire
Dear Luis,

The reality is that teleworking, remote working, working from home and working from the cloud are all the same concept that has been around in its present form since the start of the century.

The tools, speed of the internet connections and amount of people working like this has increased in that time period.

At the same time the amount of mobile apps has rapidly increased. It would be unwise to draw a conclusion but I would say in general as I said in a previous point that face to face interaction is essential in order for new ideas, concepts and approaches to be generated.

If everyone starts to work in their own cloud bubble you will get a stagnation in innovation and a stagnation in economic growth and you will get organization that will start to look like Government Departments that are process driven as apposed to innovation driven.

The question you raise is not if you need to adapt to this reality but if you are willing to accept this reality.

Any innovator are disruptors and go against the grain of popular thinking. To me it looks like the time is ripe for innovation and creativity to flourish once again.

Daire
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Mar 20, 2020 6:27 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Daire
Thank you for sharing your opinion with us

If there are things I learned it was that the human being is infinitely adaptable

I am convinced that this crisis caused by the covid-19 will radically change our life in all areas

I think nothing will ever be the same again

In recent days, I have been watching online debates on television where the actors are at home (at the moment, with some exceptions, the image and sound are 4 *)

The faster the internet speeds, the more reliable the sound and image are

I've been meeting with clients and the people I work with. These meetings are online

We have found some innovative solutions

Of course, I prefer face-to-face interactions

Over time, we get used to
Mar 20, 2020 5:45 AM
Replying to Daire Guiney
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Dear Luis,

The reality is that teleworking, remote working, working from home and working from the cloud are all the same concept that has been around in its present form since the start of the century.

The tools, speed of the internet connections and amount of people working like this has increased in that time period.

At the same time the amount of mobile apps has rapidly increased. It would be unwise to draw a conclusion but I would say in general as I said in a previous point that face to face interaction is essential in order for new ideas, concepts and approaches to be generated.

If everyone starts to work in their own cloud bubble you will get a stagnation in innovation and a stagnation in economic growth and you will get organization that will start to look like Government Departments that are process driven as apposed to innovation driven.

The question you raise is not if you need to adapt to this reality but if you are willing to accept this reality.

Any innovator are disruptors and go against the grain of popular thinking. To me it looks like the time is ripe for innovation and creativity to flourish once again.

Daire
Dear Daire
Thank you for sharing your opinion with us

If there are things I learned it was that the human being is infinitely adaptable

I am convinced that this crisis caused by the covid-19 will radically change our life in all areas

I think nothing will ever be the same again

In recent days, I have been watching online debates on television where the actors are at home (at the moment, with some exceptions, the image and sound are 4 *)

The faster the internet speeds, the more reliable the sound and image are

I've been meeting with clients and the people I work with. These meetings are online

We have found some innovative solutions

Of course, I prefer face-to-face interactions

Over time, we get used to
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