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Confinement, social isolation, teams and projects
What, in your opinion, is the impact that social isolation will have (after confinement) on teamwork and project results?
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Luis -

It should be minimal if there is a sense of true "team" even if everyone is dispersed. On the other hand, if the camaraderie and sense of team has been lost through the transition to remote work and if no one (PM, team lead, team members) focuses on team building to re-kindle it, then they will revert to being a group of individuals.

While results might still be produced by the group, they are not likely to be as efficient, effective, innovative or creative as the might have been had more emphasis on teaming.

Kiron
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Apr 11, 2020 2:57 PM
Luis Branco
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Dear Kiron
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

Interesting what you wrote:
"While results might still be produced by the group, they are not likely to be as efficient, effective, innovative or creative as the might have been had more emphasis on teaming"

We agree
that it is important that there is someone (PM, team leader, team members) who focuses on building the team
Apr 11, 2020 10:28 AM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Luis -

It should be minimal if there is a sense of true "team" even if everyone is dispersed. On the other hand, if the camaraderie and sense of team has been lost through the transition to remote work and if no one (PM, team lead, team members) focuses on team building to re-kindle it, then they will revert to being a group of individuals.

While results might still be produced by the group, they are not likely to be as efficient, effective, innovative or creative as the might have been had more emphasis on teaming.

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

Interesting what you wrote:
"While results might still be produced by the group, they are not likely to be as efficient, effective, innovative or creative as the might have been had more emphasis on teaming"

We agree
that it is important that there is someone (PM, team leader, team members) who focuses on building the team
Dear Luis,

I see this situation at two levels:

At professional level, the lack personal contact will at long term impact the productivity, the core of project management and of cross-functional teams are based in cohesion, trust and close collaboration. Social isolation weakens ties, and diminishes trust, nevertheless the impact will depend on the culture Latin cultures will suffer more than Scandinavian or Japanese cultures. So the team work will not be affected in the same way everyere.

At personal level, the isolation or confinement can have a psychological impact, depression, monotony and consequently affect the individual productivity affecting the work produced as individual integrating a team.

As project managers we should and must develop actions to increase the team building, we must be creative, it's time to use technologies and instigate team members to interact using strategies like:
- playing network games;
- facilitate virtual lounge gatherings to socialize:
- who knows virtual karaoke ( crazy ideas)
- virtual live sessions of physical exercise
- facilitate team training in their passions
- create an internal eLearning academy.
We must use imagination and creativity the sky is the limit

At personal level maybe having virtual face to face conversations could strength the relationship between team members and the project manager.
create an anecdotes virtual live contest to encourage humor and relaxation.

Who knows some crazy ideas that occurred at the moment the important thing is to break the isolation and monotony at all levels, because each individual is a whole, work, personal and social.

Alexandre
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Apr 12, 2020 4:26 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Alexandre
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

Interesting what you wrote: "As project managers we should and must develop actions to increase the team building, we must be creative"
Apr 11, 2020 5:11 PM
Replying to Alexandre Costa
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Dear Luis,

I see this situation at two levels:

At professional level, the lack personal contact will at long term impact the productivity, the core of project management and of cross-functional teams are based in cohesion, trust and close collaboration. Social isolation weakens ties, and diminishes trust, nevertheless the impact will depend on the culture Latin cultures will suffer more than Scandinavian or Japanese cultures. So the team work will not be affected in the same way everyere.

At personal level, the isolation or confinement can have a psychological impact, depression, monotony and consequently affect the individual productivity affecting the work produced as individual integrating a team.

As project managers we should and must develop actions to increase the team building, we must be creative, it's time to use technologies and instigate team members to interact using strategies like:
- playing network games;
- facilitate virtual lounge gatherings to socialize:
- who knows virtual karaoke ( crazy ideas)
- virtual live sessions of physical exercise
- facilitate team training in their passions
- create an internal eLearning academy.
We must use imagination and creativity the sky is the limit

At personal level maybe having virtual face to face conversations could strength the relationship between team members and the project manager.
create an anecdotes virtual live contest to encourage humor and relaxation.

Who knows some crazy ideas that occurred at the moment the important thing is to break the isolation and monotony at all levels, because each individual is a whole, work, personal and social.

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

Interesting what you wrote: "As project managers we should and must develop actions to increase the team building, we must be creative"
In the short-term, isolation reduces project visibility. But with optimization of remote technology and virtual meetings, as well as each member putting in extra effort to collaborate and contribute, team resilience and adaptability can be cultivated in the long-term. Moreover, new knowledge/lessons can be learned and documented.
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Apr 12, 2020 9:06 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Pang
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

Interesting what you wrote: "Moreover, new knowledge / lessons can be learned and documented"
Apr 12, 2020 8:58 AM
Replying to Pang DX
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In the short-term, isolation reduces project visibility. But with optimization of remote technology and virtual meetings, as well as each member putting in extra effort to collaborate and contribute, team resilience and adaptability can be cultivated in the long-term. Moreover, new knowledge/lessons can be learned and documented.
Dear Pang
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

Interesting what you wrote: "Moreover, new knowledge / lessons can be learned and documented"

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