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Covid-19, ProjectManagement.com and Agility
We are living, a situation that we do not know what will be the impact on human history

The first time I touched on the theme of COVID-19 was on February 20th (I did not imagine that in Europe it would take on the proportions that it is taking)

I understand that in our community there is a planning of the topics to be addressed

Wasn't it time to demonstrate some agility, change the schedule and choose COVI-19 as the main theme?
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Why it must be? We need to remember the SARS or A influence or the probability of terrorist attacks by letters in the past.
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Mar 14, 2020 8:37 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Sergio
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

I am convinced that COVI-19 is different from other previous viruses

It occurs to me to ask: Are there already infected people in Argentina?

Two weeks ago it was only in Italy, today it is spread across Europe

I sincerely hope that it will be quickly eliminated
May not be a need to change the theme per se, however, would potentially be of value to reshare/highlight content on remote working as more and more of the workforce are asked to remain home for at least through the end of March.
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Mar 14, 2020 8:43 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Andrew
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

There are multiple perspectives in which this topic can be addressed:
- Economy
- Organizations
- Work (Projects)
- Consequences (US response to suspending flights and shipping of goods from Europe, countries closing borders, China's aid to Europe, people's behavior)
Etc..etc ...
That said, Luis. A new 'hot topic' is scheduled for 15 March. And is my turn to post. Would you like to be of assistance in posting the topic this time around?

The topic is 'Leading PM Trends'. Many facets to go into, but with respect to recent events, was considering a focus on digital efforts and virtual teams.
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Mar 14, 2020 8:48 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Andrew
It seems like a very good idea for the Hot Topic to address the topic: "Digital efforts and virtual teams"
Mar 14, 2020 6:58 AM
Replying to Sergio Luis Conte
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Why it must be? We need to remember the SARS or A influence or the probability of terrorist attacks by letters in the past.
Dear Sergio
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

I am convinced that COVI-19 is different from other previous viruses

It occurs to me to ask: Are there already infected people in Argentina?

Two weeks ago it was only in Italy, today it is spread across Europe

I sincerely hope that it will be quickly eliminated
Mar 14, 2020 7:42 AM
Replying to Andrew Craig
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May not be a need to change the theme per se, however, would potentially be of value to reshare/highlight content on remote working as more and more of the workforce are asked to remain home for at least through the end of March.
Dear Andrew
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

There are multiple perspectives in which this topic can be addressed:
- Economy
- Organizations
- Work (Projects)
- Consequences (US response to suspending flights and shipping of goods from Europe, countries closing borders, China's aid to Europe, people's behavior)
Etc..etc ...
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1 reply by Andrew Craig
Mar 14, 2020 7:17 PM
Andrew Craig
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Yes. It is amazing how far it reaches. The impacts will be felt for some time. I only hope we are learning from this to be better prepared next time around.
Mar 14, 2020 7:46 AM
Replying to Andrew Craig
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That said, Luis. A new 'hot topic' is scheduled for 15 March. And is my turn to post. Would you like to be of assistance in posting the topic this time around?

The topic is 'Leading PM Trends'. Many facets to go into, but with respect to recent events, was considering a focus on digital efforts and virtual teams.
Dear Andrew
It seems like a very good idea for the Hot Topic to address the topic: "Digital efforts and virtual teams"
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1 reply by Aaron Smith
Mar 18, 2020 1:51 PM
Aaron Smith
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Just a heads up, The Agileist newsletter tomorrow will focus on virtual work, including advice for leading virtual teams, maintaining a healthy work/life balance, overcoming communication constraints, managing stress in a time of crisis, and long-distance collaboration.
I am so happy to find that we are discussing the COVID-19 pandemic and the possible roll we could play,
As PMI certified project managers, I am convinced we are uniquely positioned to significantly contribute and help the world towards a resolution. Yes, better placed than Medical Doctors and even national, state and local governments.
How?
By standardizing the issue and the response in a globally consumable manner. This engenders a common understanding, makes information readily available, enhances the pace of information exchange and treatment, reduces opportunities for errors in communication and defeats the spread of false news.
How do we do this? I can think of the first few steps.
We scour all the credible sources of information and compile them into a single but highly credible reference resource document devoid of any contradictory information and sensitive to the different cultures around the globe.
We work with medical professionals, community leaders and social workers in our number to validate the process at every stage
In such a document we will;
Define the objectives of this mission including the scope – limited to COVID - 119
We define COVID-19
We define the terminology
We explain how it spreads
We explain and list in order of efficacy or depending on situation proposals on how to contain it.
We make available “Public Communication” samples to protect individuals, groups and societies
Provide guidance to return businesses and society to normal operations.
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Mar 15, 2020 4:44 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Timothy
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

I am convinced that the moment is more of action. What can be done in our community about the topic?
Luis,

Covid-19 is an unpredictable event. Ok. We have seen various viruses in the last century. Starting with the Spanish flu, which originated from the US, just that the Spanish were not at war and documented the event.

Should we demonstrate Agility? Yes.
Should we have learned from previous viruses (Spanish flu, H1N1, and others)? Yes
Did we use it? partly

The reaction time is critical, that is one thing that we have learned. Putting in place various constraints will reduce spread. A simple 1-day variation reduces impact by 40%.

Did we learn? Yes. Did we use the earned information? partly

China did put in place serious restrictions. It prevented all other regions from an exponential outbreak. Other countries (Iran, Corea and Italia) didn't, that is the second wave. Will America manage? Only time will tell.
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Mar 15, 2020 4:54 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Vincent
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

We agree when you write: "Covid-19 is an unpredictable event"

I think this is a time for action!
What can be done, specifically, in our community?
Promote the debate (only promoting the debate already shows a certain agility in relation to the March schedule)
Promote the creation of initiatives (I am proud of that Portuguese who took the initiative to design and create a fan. He launched the challenge on twitter and after 48 hours he had people and resources to start the project)
Our community (full of agile project managers) is showing little agility
Or is agility just talk?
Mar 14, 2020 8:43 AM
Replying to Luis Branco
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Dear Andrew
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

There are multiple perspectives in which this topic can be addressed:
- Economy
- Organizations
- Work (Projects)
- Consequences (US response to suspending flights and shipping of goods from Europe, countries closing borders, China's aid to Europe, people's behavior)
Etc..etc ...
Yes. It is amazing how far it reaches. The impacts will be felt for some time. I only hope we are learning from this to be better prepared next time around.
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Mar 15, 2020 4:58 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Andrew
Thank you for sharing your opinion with us

Covid-19 falls into that kind of unknown risk (for project managers and management)

I believe that we have to be agile in the debate of situations (in their multiple perspectives)
Mar 14, 2020 5:43 PM
Replying to Timothy Gaburungyi
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I am so happy to find that we are discussing the COVID-19 pandemic and the possible roll we could play,
As PMI certified project managers, I am convinced we are uniquely positioned to significantly contribute and help the world towards a resolution. Yes, better placed than Medical Doctors and even national, state and local governments.
How?
By standardizing the issue and the response in a globally consumable manner. This engenders a common understanding, makes information readily available, enhances the pace of information exchange and treatment, reduces opportunities for errors in communication and defeats the spread of false news.
How do we do this? I can think of the first few steps.
We scour all the credible sources of information and compile them into a single but highly credible reference resource document devoid of any contradictory information and sensitive to the different cultures around the globe.
We work with medical professionals, community leaders and social workers in our number to validate the process at every stage
In such a document we will;
Define the objectives of this mission including the scope – limited to COVID - 119
We define COVID-19
We define the terminology
We explain how it spreads
We explain and list in order of efficacy or depending on situation proposals on how to contain it.
We make available “Public Communication” samples to protect individuals, groups and societies
Provide guidance to return businesses and society to normal operations.
Dear Timothy
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

I am convinced that the moment is more of action. What can be done in our community about the topic?
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