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Confinement and Professional Darwinism
What are you doing to be able to survive when everything returns to the new normal?

Remember that:
"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change"
Charles Darwin
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Well, for starters I'm recommending every teacher get a raise! Having a 13 year old sitting next to me (more like, wiggling constantly trying to look at their phone under my watchful eye) has been 10x more challenging than I ever imagined!

On a personal level, I have been doing some long-overdue professional development and networking. Reading, attending webinars, virtual coffee with people way smarter than me, and virtual happy hours have taught me some new lessons I can take back into the office.

On a macro level, companies who previously thought they'd go under and/or didn't trust employees working remotely can see the WFH model works! They still may not trust their employees to WFH all the time, but may ease up on restrictions.

Time will tell what permanent changes are made once this is all over.
Jason
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Apr 07, 2020 4:20 PM
Luis Branco
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Dear Jason
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

It is essential to be attentive to what is happening around us and adapt to new ways of working and living (knowing-knowing, knowing-doing and knowing-being)

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. ”- Alvin Toffler
Apr 07, 2020 3:25 PM
Replying to Jason Orloske
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Well, for starters I'm recommending every teacher get a raise! Having a 13 year old sitting next to me (more like, wiggling constantly trying to look at their phone under my watchful eye) has been 10x more challenging than I ever imagined!

On a personal level, I have been doing some long-overdue professional development and networking. Reading, attending webinars, virtual coffee with people way smarter than me, and virtual happy hours have taught me some new lessons I can take back into the office.

On a macro level, companies who previously thought they'd go under and/or didn't trust employees working remotely can see the WFH model works! They still may not trust their employees to WFH all the time, but may ease up on restrictions.

Time will tell what permanent changes are made once this is all over.
Jason
Dear Jason
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

It is essential to be attentive to what is happening around us and adapt to new ways of working and living (knowing-knowing, knowing-doing and knowing-being)

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. ”- Alvin Toffler
Luis -

I'd say the effort I've put into translating our in person courses to virtual delivery will continue to be leveraged as we continue to over this option to our customers, especially as it feasibly opens up the global market for our courses.

For example, I've got a learner from Australia in my live virtual DA course this week - that is not something which would have been feasible pre-COVID-19 with the in-person only delivery model we had.

Recognizing that this is just one of potential many future epi/pandemics, my company may look at ensuring that all of our courses are designed for both in-person and live virtual delivery from now on.

Kiron
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2 replies by Alexandre Costa and Luis Branco
Apr 08, 2020 7:52 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Kiron
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

It is important to take into account the channels used to deliver the products (in this case training)

Do the products (content) also have to be considered?
Apr 08, 2020 8:17 AM
Alexandre Costa
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Kiron,

Let's see how well the remote live virtual session of Disciplined Agile Lean Scrum Master is prepared, it will be delivered by Saket Bansal. This weekend I booked a session in India of two days, apparently the session workshop uses zoom as tool.
i hope it goes well, i am still reading the book, but i have to recognize that once you enter the chapters of the process goals it becomes a bit tiring and sometimes repetitive.

Any way this is a proof the virtual live more democratic and accessible to more people is the only way that i person like me in Portugal can make a workshop in India. :)

Alexande
As a project manager I consider both micro- and macro-levels in my planning and project delivery. My macro just got bigger.
In the past at the macro-level you would look at the local politics, market conditions, etc., Maybe on a larger or wider reaching project I would look at the next level up, regional or even provincial (state) and possibly even at the national level. It is quite clear now that one has to consider international influences - an issue in China resulted in a project shutdown in Dogpatch and pretty well everywhere else. We can't specifically plan for these events but we can have a reaction plan should the improbable happen - [if all hell breaks loose what do we do?]
I went back and checked some of my risk management plans and registers and found them lacking in defining how to react if something totally improbable were to occurred.
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Apr 08, 2020 7:55 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Peter
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

Does the project development approach, the project teams also have to be considered (now that more and more people are going to work from home)?
Apr 07, 2020 5:14 PM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Luis -

I'd say the effort I've put into translating our in person courses to virtual delivery will continue to be leveraged as we continue to over this option to our customers, especially as it feasibly opens up the global market for our courses.

For example, I've got a learner from Australia in my live virtual DA course this week - that is not something which would have been feasible pre-COVID-19 with the in-person only delivery model we had.

Recognizing that this is just one of potential many future epi/pandemics, my company may look at ensuring that all of our courses are designed for both in-person and live virtual delivery from now on.

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

It is important to take into account the channels used to deliver the products (in this case training)

Do the products (content) also have to be considered?
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1 reply by Kiron Bondale
Apr 08, 2020 8:06 AM
Kiron Bondale
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While we would regularly evaluate our course roster to identify new topics of interest and archive those which are no longer relevant, I don't see this being driven as much by the pandemic and its aftermath as by changes in the professional development goals for our target markets.
Apr 07, 2020 7:22 PM
Replying to Peter Rapin
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As a project manager I consider both micro- and macro-levels in my planning and project delivery. My macro just got bigger.
In the past at the macro-level you would look at the local politics, market conditions, etc., Maybe on a larger or wider reaching project I would look at the next level up, regional or even provincial (state) and possibly even at the national level. It is quite clear now that one has to consider international influences - an issue in China resulted in a project shutdown in Dogpatch and pretty well everywhere else. We can't specifically plan for these events but we can have a reaction plan should the improbable happen - [if all hell breaks loose what do we do?]
I went back and checked some of my risk management plans and registers and found them lacking in defining how to react if something totally improbable were to occurred.
Dear Peter
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

Does the project development approach, the project teams also have to be considered (now that more and more people are going to work from home)?
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1 reply by Peter Rapin
Apr 08, 2020 9:16 AM
Peter Rapin
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I agree that in the short term more people will work from home or wish to. However, I am not convinced that this situation will last with the pandemic under control.

That being said, in the new reality we may give more consideration to the value of work-at-home for a project than we have in the past. It comes down to a risk analysis - is there a project benefit or risk? The nature of the project and team/individual assigned may, or may not, be suitable.

Work-from-home is only viable when beneficial to both the project and the individual team member.
Apr 08, 2020 7:52 AM
Replying to Luis Branco
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Dear Kiron
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

It is important to take into account the channels used to deliver the products (in this case training)

Do the products (content) also have to be considered?
While we would regularly evaluate our course roster to identify new topics of interest and archive those which are no longer relevant, I don't see this being driven as much by the pandemic and its aftermath as by changes in the professional development goals for our target markets.
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Apr 08, 2020 10:03 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Kiron
Thank you for sharing your opinion with us

And when heaven and earth change places?

In other words, when are the changes disruptive to the extent that they require profound changes to the content?
Apr 07, 2020 5:14 PM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Luis -

I'd say the effort I've put into translating our in person courses to virtual delivery will continue to be leveraged as we continue to over this option to our customers, especially as it feasibly opens up the global market for our courses.

For example, I've got a learner from Australia in my live virtual DA course this week - that is not something which would have been feasible pre-COVID-19 with the in-person only delivery model we had.

Recognizing that this is just one of potential many future epi/pandemics, my company may look at ensuring that all of our courses are designed for both in-person and live virtual delivery from now on.

Kiron
Kiron,

Let's see how well the remote live virtual session of Disciplined Agile Lean Scrum Master is prepared, it will be delivered by Saket Bansal. This weekend I booked a session in India of two days, apparently the session workshop uses zoom as tool.
i hope it goes well, i am still reading the book, but i have to recognize that once you enter the chapters of the process goals it becomes a bit tiring and sometimes repetitive.

Any way this is a proof the virtual live more democratic and accessible to more people is the only way that i person like me in Portugal can make a workshop in India. :)

Alexande
...
1 reply by Luis Branco
Apr 08, 2020 10:09 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Alexandre
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

Assumption: most people, after Covid19 will go to work remotely (online, telework or whatever you want to call it)

Question: To what extent does it make sense to use the approach proposed by Disciplined Agile?
Apr 08, 2020 7:55 AM
Replying to Luis Branco
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Dear Peter
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

Does the project development approach, the project teams also have to be considered (now that more and more people are going to work from home)?
I agree that in the short term more people will work from home or wish to. However, I am not convinced that this situation will last with the pandemic under control.

That being said, in the new reality we may give more consideration to the value of work-at-home for a project than we have in the past. It comes down to a risk analysis - is there a project benefit or risk? The nature of the project and team/individual assigned may, or may not, be suitable.

Work-from-home is only viable when beneficial to both the project and the individual team member.
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Apr 08, 2020 10:21 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Peter
Thank you for sharing your opinion with us

"Prognosis, only at the end of the game" as they say

I am convinced that nothing will be as before

For example: the biggest environmental shock (in a good way) happened because we stayed at home :-)
Apr 08, 2020 8:06 AM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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While we would regularly evaluate our course roster to identify new topics of interest and archive those which are no longer relevant, I don't see this being driven as much by the pandemic and its aftermath as by changes in the professional development goals for our target markets.
Dear Kiron
Thank you for sharing your opinion with us

And when heaven and earth change places?

In other words, when are the changes disruptive to the extent that they require profound changes to the content?
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1 reply by Kiron Bondale
Apr 08, 2020 11:05 AM
Kiron Bondale
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That will hopefully occur only after I retire, Luis :-)
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