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Covid-19: How are you adapting your management style?
Hello everyone,

Beginning this week, daycares and schools have been closed in Canada to reduce exposition to Covid-19. Many professionals are being asked to work remotely. This obviously brings a new project management challenge. Even if remote working is available, having kids to take care at home at the same time is definitely going to impact productivity. In some cases, I heard parents are taking night shifts to enable both parents to continue working. So I guess providing flexible working hours could be a good compromise for some project resources.

In this moment of history, I’m very interested in learning from other’s experience. How are you adapting your project management to this new pandemic situation? I’m interested in all aspects of the project management that could be impacted, be it staffing, scheduling, risks, etc..

Thank you very much in advance!
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A key expectation which leaders needs to have is that it will take time for teams and team members who are not used to working from home for more than a day at a time to adapt to this new way of working. What that means is that productivity is likely to take a hit for a few days while folks get used to the "new normal".
While I understand that human being has a directly impact we need to understand that management style is a matter of organizational architecture where style is just one of the variables inside the business layer. Is dificult to survive as manager if you are not aligned to organizational style. And that´s the key opportunity for organizations to change (transform, a new buzzword) to adapt to the new world gaining into agility (other new buzzword).
HBR published a very apropos article on this very topic today: https://hbr.org/2020/03/8-ways-to-manage-y...cial-distancing

Enjoy!

Kiron
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2 replies by Marika Bouthillier and Tamunotonye Dikibo
Mar 24, 2020 9:20 PM
Marika Bouthillier
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Great article, very useful! Thanks for sharing Kiron!
Mar 25, 2020 3:11 AM
Tamunotonye Dikibo
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Great article from HBR and thanks for sharing. Exactly what is been practised. My key concern is if internet infrastructure Is able to support tools required to drive communication and productivity.
Mar 24, 2020 4:19 PM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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HBR published a very apropos article on this very topic today: https://hbr.org/2020/03/8-ways-to-manage-y...cial-distancing

Enjoy!

Kiron
Great article, very useful! Thanks for sharing Kiron!
Mar 24, 2020 4:19 PM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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HBR published a very apropos article on this very topic today: https://hbr.org/2020/03/8-ways-to-manage-y...cial-distancing

Enjoy!

Kiron
Great article from HBR and thanks for sharing. Exactly what is been practised. My key concern is if internet infrastructure Is able to support tools required to drive communication and productivity.
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1 reply by Kiron Bondale
Mar 25, 2020 7:34 AM
Kiron Bondale
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Tamunotonye -

that is an excellent question! In this crisis, everyone's expectations will be that Internet connectivity is at the same level of quality as electricity and clean running water, yet never have the ISPs been tested to this level of utilization for as sustained a period of time.

It is good that companies like Netflix are throttling back video quality to ensure that they don't cause a major outage while companies are trying to conduct business online.

The good thing about the underlying TCP/IP and other protocols used is that they are fairly resilient. The bigger challenge will happen if there is a physical issue (e.g. cable cut), especially for smaller or more remote countries.

Kiron
Mar 25, 2020 3:11 AM
Replying to Tamunotonye Dikibo
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Great article from HBR and thanks for sharing. Exactly what is been practised. My key concern is if internet infrastructure Is able to support tools required to drive communication and productivity.
Tamunotonye -

that is an excellent question! In this crisis, everyone's expectations will be that Internet connectivity is at the same level of quality as electricity and clean running water, yet never have the ISPs been tested to this level of utilization for as sustained a period of time.

It is good that companies like Netflix are throttling back video quality to ensure that they don't cause a major outage while companies are trying to conduct business online.

The good thing about the underlying TCP/IP and other protocols used is that they are fairly resilient. The bigger challenge will happen if there is a physical issue (e.g. cable cut), especially for smaller or more remote countries.

Kiron
Dear Marika,

The one characteristic built in project management is dealing with the unexpected, planning, adapting and modifying accordingly.

The biggest challenge as a result of COVID-19 outbreak to managing projects remotely is keeping the project team focused, motivated and interested in the project with so many external distractions and pressures.

The reality of the situation is that the work day is a lot shorter, concise and structured about what can realistically get achieved in this current climate.

There is more communication , messaging and general chit chat that allows team members to so what normalize the situation.

A lot of the project administration is being carried out by more than one person on the project team and team members are using their skills as apposed to their job titles when assigning and completing their tasks.

Project managers have to be more accommodating, understanding and relevant when managing their project teams.

Daire

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