Learning patterns/Running a project remotely in a time of changing COVID restrictions
What problem does this solve?Edit
Over the past couple of years projects that require teams of people to come together from different organisations have been impacted by COVID. Where in the past people would meet, run workshops, and chat informally at cafes, many people now find themselves working from home in trying circumstances. How can we adapt to this new normal and successfully run projects?
What is the solution?Edit
1) Build change into your project plan and allow for contingencies and changing circumstances. For in-person events, think about how you can run the same exercise online and how it needs to change. Eg scale the event run time down and limit attendence to allow for a shorter online event with more flexible timing. But perhaps run several instead of a single session.
2) Communicate! Set up regular project meetings, with time for formal discussion and informal chat. If you plan a 30 minute meeting to cover off an agenda, perhaps allow 15 minutes at the start for a coffee and a catch up
3) Use all the various tools at your disposal. Video calling and instant messaging enables face to face and shorter snippets of conversation, While apps like Miro and Google Jamboard can facilitate group discussion and workshopping ideas.
4) Be kind! While working from home may be the new normal always remember it isn't normal. People have different pressures and stresses on them. Empathy and patience is as important as our tools, our adaptability and our communication.
Things to considerEdit
When to useEdit
We are trying to guide our WMF funded project using these principles. While it is research based I think these ideas can be used across a range of disciplines and topics.