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Hey, I know that some of us have to work remotely. To make it easier I create a shortlist of tips which could help being in a team and keeping in touch with teammates. If you have any other solutions, tips or advices, please write them under the post so I'll be able to read them. Thank you and have a nice reading.
For 2 months, people around the world have to sit in their houses as a part of social isolation and flattening the curve. During the global lockdown, people can’t go outside in another situation than shopping or necessities like a visit to the pharmacy or walk with a dog. Within a few days, we had to find ourselves in a new reality and organize work in accordance with new guidelines. That means also work, meetings and typical stuff. So how to deal with lockdown and still keep the work on the high level as before the quarantine?
Of course, it’s hard to do. We can’t contact our team personally, but only via Skype, Zoom or mobile phone. We can’t meet on daily or weekly meetings which are necessary to run Sprint correctly. So how to change the typical Sprint and meetings into a lockdown version? If some teams already have an occasion to work remotely, the task is easier. It’s even easier if you work together for some time and know each other, know how to work together and how to communicate effectively remotely. But the situation is quite different and quite worse if you have a new team or a new project. But don’t worry, you can also quickly become a master in that field.
How it keeps everything fine when the whole world is in a crisis of pandemic and global panic? It’s quite sure that the effectiveness of your team will drop down, and everything will go slower than usual. People will have to take care of children, prepare some food or drinks, talk with flatmates and sometimes go out on a walk to no go crazy. Unnecessary pressure, questions and a lot of stress won’t help them during working in those hard times. But try to not make the situation worse than it is. Rather than, help your teammates, ask them how they feel and if they need something. Anyway, try to not change anything as it’s a horrible time for such things:
Morals of your nonprofit organization are now more important than ever. People like and need interactions with other human beings. So pay more attention to connecting with teammates to built morals. Also, that action allows you to think about something different than work and problems, which is nowadays the hot topic. Probably you wonder how to provide some positive thinking into your team and unite them during a lockdown? Solution for this may be organizing online video chats with games like wordplays. Because who don’t like puns and seeing others making strange poses. If your team wouldn’t like to play virtual games (there is a lot of ideas on the Internet) you can just talk with each other, share news from life/local community and maybe discover teammates’ hobbies.
These easy rules aren’t big discovery for many experienced Scrum Masters and Team Leaders. But I know that many people may not remember about the most obvious things under stress. Also, in some organizations, they won’t work because of its culture and type of work. And again everything is alright, just adopt this advice to you or think about other similar solutions.
Maybe you have some ideas about how to not crazy and still be the team in virtual. I’m curious how work goes in your organization.
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