My name is Javi, I live in Madrid and this is my 22nd day at home. When I say "at home", I mean that in these 22 days I have left my home 4 times to buy food in the grocery store 100 meters from my home. You can´t go with your wife or friend, definitely it is not a walk, police is patrolling to ensure everybody is following the rules. And the grocery store seems a walking dead scenario with people with masks and plastic globes, trying to stay away from everybody. I haven´t seen my parents, friends and colleagues almost for a month. In this moment, Spain is the second country in the world in the corona virus total deaths ranking and Madrid is the most affected city in Spain. The economy has been totally impacted, I do not know how many restaurants, hairdressers, pubs and thousands of business are going to survive with such a great period with 0 income. The situation at home is very tough and stressful. We have a 7 years old son and he has online classes with their colleagues and teachers every two hours. The parents have to help him during those sessions and with the homework he has to do among the classes. So we have to wear a lot of different hats these days at the same time: husband, employee, teacher, chef, father, friend, ...Obviously, the day only has 24 hours so you can´t help feeling bad because you do not have enough time to do your work properly, to dedicate enough time to your son and wife, to cook healthy food, to do physical exercise, to have leisure time, to care for the community, to attend the summit and so on.
The saddest side of this story is that the virus mainly affects older people, our parents, grandparents, uncles, in short, the people we owe the most to. Doctors and nurses are real heroes fighting without a rest day and night but when someone is infected and she gets worse, she has to be alone in the hospital and can´t have visitors. It is really sad to think in so many people of that generation are dying alone in the hospitals.
The virus has a mathematical progression so we can see how other countries are following our figures. We didn´t think this was going to happened in Spain when we saw Italy struggling with the corona at the beginning of March. It is really difficult to be aware of this situation, it is once every century and we are clearly unprepared. We cross the fingers, it seems we are starting to stop the curve in Spain (how the virus evolves) but we still have almost 1.000 deaths per day and we have to wait some weeks before to start recovering the "normal life".
In the meantime, my team manages the Atlassian tools in zooplus, the pet food eCommerce leader in Europe. I have to say that I have never been so proud to work with these tools as I am right now. The company is operating perfectly in this sudden and unexpected full-remote scenario with almost 1.000 people working from a bunch of countries in Europe. I can explain the difference between litres and mililitres to my son and with a quick glance at the board see how everything is working. Some colleagues collected some tips about remote working and wrote a super useful blog in Confluence. I created a post with a picture of my home desk (I admit that I copied the idea to Basecamp) and I have now dozens of comments with more pictures from my colleagues. Even in this moment, you can feel how Atlassian tools have been designed not only to manage the tasks and processes but also to develop the culture and the human side of the companies. We have a lot of teams that used to work with excel task lists or physical board that now want to move to Jira so we can feel the importance of our work and it is really satisfying to help them and to add so much value to the company. The mission of my team is to shift the way teams manage information from a decentralized and paper paradigm approach to a digital collaboration framework (board/project + space + channel) and in this moment, this is more important than ever.
In your life you belong to different groups of people whether you like or not, your family, your friends, your work colleagues... Some of them choose you and you choose others. I chose to be part of this community and it was a great decision because you all have added a lot of positive things to my life. I really hope we recover soon and have a beer with all of you in the next event.
Be safe, folks!
Javier Fernandez _Madrid_Community Leader
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