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Has the pandemic time warp impacted you?
It feels like I went asleep 4-months ago and just woke up, and this seems to be confirmed by the contributions tab on my profile. What happened, there seems to have been a major malfunction.

I don’t know about you, but after the effect of multiple RIF’s, my workload went through the roof and there became no separation between day or night, weekday or weekend, and I’m just starting to come out on the other end – which end, I don’t know.

What’s been your experience? Oh, by the way, did anyone notice I was gone?
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George!?! It has been a while but I've been busy on so many fronts that my own contributions have been reduced over the past few months - good to have you back!

While my paid teaching work decreased as a result of pandemic financial restrictions for clients, my volunteer work has gone up. Learning Miro has really helped as it has enabled me to do some moonlighting to help folks who are looking to move their work online and need assistance. Plus, we adopted a puppy a month ago, and he has been my main focus for the last few weeks :-)

Kiron

Kiron
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1 reply by George Freeman
Aug 10, 2020 6:34 PM
George Freeman
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I had to look Miro up, it looks like a fantastic tool. I’ve been using Teams for just about everything I’m doing and it’s been working out extremely well, although a good white-boarding tool would be helpful for those early visualizations.

Now, a puppy, that’s a full-time job. Since the pandemic, my wife and I are up in the loft and I wear my headphones most of the time as she’s a telephonic nurse case manager and always on the phone – and she thinks I’m loud when I’m talking to a room on teams. On top of that, I have three dogs and two cats that think the “new normal” is the best thing since bacon was invented – they now completely own us and we serve there will.
Aug 10, 2020 6:20 PM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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George!?! It has been a while but I've been busy on so many fronts that my own contributions have been reduced over the past few months - good to have you back!

While my paid teaching work decreased as a result of pandemic financial restrictions for clients, my volunteer work has gone up. Learning Miro has really helped as it has enabled me to do some moonlighting to help folks who are looking to move their work online and need assistance. Plus, we adopted a puppy a month ago, and he has been my main focus for the last few weeks :-)

Kiron

Kiron
I had to look Miro up, it looks like a fantastic tool. I’ve been using Teams for just about everything I’m doing and it’s been working out extremely well, although a good white-boarding tool would be helpful for those early visualizations.

Now, a puppy, that’s a full-time job. Since the pandemic, my wife and I are up in the loft and I wear my headphones most of the time as she’s a telephonic nurse case manager and always on the phone – and she thinks I’m loud when I’m talking to a room on teams. On top of that, I have three dogs and two cats that think the “new normal” is the best thing since bacon was invented – they now completely own us and we serve there will.
George! Great to see you! Same for me. My non-work online time has significantly decreased during the pandemic. I would have guessed the opposite, but instead, have been spending much more time outside. Work, too, has been busy and have shifted my focus on using this year to bridge my career to the next level.

We also moved in April (yep, I know what you're thinking).

Like Kiron, I have integrated Mural and Miro into my workflow. Both are really pretty much the same, but my one client uses Mural, my firm is in the process of licensing, but I had already purchased my own license for Miro, which I do like better. It's a great ideation and collaboration tool, different use-case than Teams. Great for facilitation and workshops.

I struggled at first, George. But I have really found a groove and now feel much more comfortable with this new normal. I do look forward to getting back in the office, but that won't be any time soon.

Kiron, congrats on the puppers. We just recently added a couple cute kittens to our crazy household.
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1 reply by George Freeman
Aug 11, 2020 8:52 AM
George Freeman
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Hi Andrew,

I like how you described it, “I have really found a groove… with this new normal,” I feel the same.

Although my workload went through the roof, the productivity level for myself and my team increased dramatically, allowing even a couple of skunkworks (a lost art) to be completed and turned into sanctioned efforts.

I have found that formally titled PM’s were hit relatively hard in RIF actions, what has been your observation?
Aug 10, 2020 9:59 PM
Replying to Andrew Craig
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George! Great to see you! Same for me. My non-work online time has significantly decreased during the pandemic. I would have guessed the opposite, but instead, have been spending much more time outside. Work, too, has been busy and have shifted my focus on using this year to bridge my career to the next level.

We also moved in April (yep, I know what you're thinking).

Like Kiron, I have integrated Mural and Miro into my workflow. Both are really pretty much the same, but my one client uses Mural, my firm is in the process of licensing, but I had already purchased my own license for Miro, which I do like better. It's a great ideation and collaboration tool, different use-case than Teams. Great for facilitation and workshops.

I struggled at first, George. But I have really found a groove and now feel much more comfortable with this new normal. I do look forward to getting back in the office, but that won't be any time soon.

Kiron, congrats on the puppers. We just recently added a couple cute kittens to our crazy household.
Hi Andrew,

I like how you described it, “I have really found a groove… with this new normal,” I feel the same.

Although my workload went through the roof, the productivity level for myself and my team increased dramatically, allowing even a couple of skunkworks (a lost art) to be completed and turned into sanctioned efforts.

I have found that formally titled PM’s were hit relatively hard in RIF actions, what has been your observation?

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