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Covid-19 Lessons Learned for Projects and Overall Business Plans
What lessons learned do you have for continued operations on your project and business plans from the recent pandemic?

Do you plan to do a formal review of lessons learned when this is all over and we are in a recovery mode? Will these include issues from the Project level through and including the overall business operations?

Stay Safe My Friends....
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In my case this is part of the Business Continuity/Recovery strategy so we were ready for this type of things. This topic was included into our transformation thru Agile that we started 3 years ago.
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1 reply by Michael Hilbert
Mar 25, 2020 12:09 PM
Michael Hilbert
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Thank you for your response Sergio... I am thinking that some of our COOP planning done prior does not adequately address the magnitude of this situation. Certainly a lesson learned..

Be Safe my Friend
Mar 25, 2020 11:21 AM
Replying to Sergio Luis Conte
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In my case this is part of the Business Continuity/Recovery strategy so we were ready for this type of things. This topic was included into our transformation thru Agile that we started 3 years ago.
Thank you for your response Sergio... I am thinking that some of our COOP planning done prior does not adequately address the magnitude of this situation. Certainly a lesson learned..

Be Safe my Friend
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2 replies by Michael Hilbert and Sergio Luis Conte
Mar 25, 2020 3:30 PM
Sergio Luis Conte
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Yes, we do that. We have SARS, Flu-A and Dengue (which is a more dangerous virus then Covid-19 but with different vector and today located in South America) then we have lessons learned from the first time (SARS). Or other things like September 11 (in my country we have two attacks before september 11 but because we are not in the first world then nobady takes enought care).
Mar 25, 2020 4:34 PM
Michael Hilbert
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Thanks for the additional information. Very enlightening about other cultures and areas of the world.
Disaster management / business continuity plans need to encompass a wide variety of scenarios.
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1 reply by Michael Hilbert
Mar 25, 2020 2:21 PM
Michael Hilbert
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Tyler, Thank you for your comments on the topics. I agree!!

Be Safe My Friend....
We can look at CoVid 19 as a wake-up call.
Our company sent the project workforce home, so I have used this time to revisit options on how a project can be made ready to re-start and taken time to explore some of the fine content for PDU's on PMI.org and ProjectManagement.com
For the projects I work on CoVid19 would not have even made the risk register as a tail event. The lesson learned for me centers around the depth of my project plans and the communication plan.
Knowing the tomorrow (figuratively) we are going back to work, has made me reflect on the status of my projects and the actions which I will take to restart and rebaseline the projects.
On the ProjectManagement.com website, Christine Chiu published "CoronaVirus: Tools for Managing a Remote Workforce" - 3/17/2020. Her article highlighted the use of social media tools to re-engage our teams.
To me her work highlights the direction we may choose to take moving forward.
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1 reply by Michael Hilbert
Mar 25, 2020 1:00 PM
Michael Hilbert
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Thank you for your response John... Excellent points and observations. Thanks for the reference to Christine's post.

Be Safe My Friend...
Mar 25, 2020 12:40 PM
Replying to John Bates
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We can look at CoVid 19 as a wake-up call.
Our company sent the project workforce home, so I have used this time to revisit options on how a project can be made ready to re-start and taken time to explore some of the fine content for PDU's on PMI.org and ProjectManagement.com
For the projects I work on CoVid19 would not have even made the risk register as a tail event. The lesson learned for me centers around the depth of my project plans and the communication plan.
Knowing the tomorrow (figuratively) we are going back to work, has made me reflect on the status of my projects and the actions which I will take to restart and rebaseline the projects.
On the ProjectManagement.com website, Christine Chiu published "CoronaVirus: Tools for Managing a Remote Workforce" - 3/17/2020. Her article highlighted the use of social media tools to re-engage our teams.
To me her work highlights the direction we may choose to take moving forward.
Thank you for your response John... Excellent points and observations. Thanks for the reference to Christine's post.

Be Safe My Friend...
Mar 25, 2020 12:12 PM
Replying to Tyler Reainthong
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Disaster management / business continuity plans need to encompass a wide variety of scenarios.
Tyler, Thank you for your comments on the topics. I agree!!

Be Safe My Friend....
We were in the middle of a digital transformation, which included new laptops, SharePoint migration, O365 apps training etc, so we were kind of prepared for working at home, although we had to rush things the last few weeks. Covid19 was entered in my risk register when it was not a big "threat". Now things have changed clearly.
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1 reply by Michael Hilbert
Mar 25, 2020 4:32 PM
Michael Hilbert
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Sante, Thank you for your comments and observations.

Stay Safe My friend.
Mar 25, 2020 12:09 PM
Replying to Michael Hilbert
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Thank you for your response Sergio... I am thinking that some of our COOP planning done prior does not adequately address the magnitude of this situation. Certainly a lesson learned..

Be Safe my Friend
Yes, we do that. We have SARS, Flu-A and Dengue (which is a more dangerous virus then Covid-19 but with different vector and today located in South America) then we have lessons learned from the first time (SARS). Or other things like September 11 (in my country we have two attacks before september 11 but because we are not in the first world then nobady takes enought care).
Mar 25, 2020 3:27 PM
Replying to Sante Vergini
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We were in the middle of a digital transformation, which included new laptops, SharePoint migration, O365 apps training etc, so we were kind of prepared for working at home, although we had to rush things the last few weeks. Covid19 was entered in my risk register when it was not a big "threat". Now things have changed clearly.
Sante, Thank you for your comments and observations.

Stay Safe My friend.
Mar 25, 2020 12:09 PM
Replying to Michael Hilbert
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Thank you for your response Sergio... I am thinking that some of our COOP planning done prior does not adequately address the magnitude of this situation. Certainly a lesson learned..

Be Safe my Friend
Thanks for the additional information. Very enlightening about other cultures and areas of the world.

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