Remote working is an opportunity for companies to change their way of working sustainably and reap the benefits over the medium to long term. Think of less office space, less
Remote working is an opportunity for companies to change their way of working sustainably and reap the benefits over the medium to long term. Think of less office space, less commuting, fewer business trips, shorter breaks and greater focus for employees. Feedback from the market seems to indicate that remote workers are also less likely to take short absences due to illness. It can also have a positive impact on the remuneration system of companies and provide insights into (HR) opportunities. Remote working on a larger scale also offers companies the flexibility to deal with unexpected events in the future, such as the COVID-19 crisis. Finally, remote working can give a renewed boost to cooperation and cohesion.
Key takeaways for the future
1. Look for early release value -: Instead of investing a lot of money upfront in a project or a new initiative, look for early release of value and benefit, and add iterative value thereafter. Not only will this drive results when they are most needed, but it will also allow you to quickly stop any projects with minimal impact to the bottom line – don’t fall foul of the sunk cost fallacy
2. Prioritize activities -: Ensure you are prioritizing your activities to drive out early release of value in preparation for when the pandemic subsides and economic conditions become more challenging. For example, rather than planning a product with 30 features, think about one with two great features that generates early income.
3. Operate at a fixed capacity of resources -: Cost control is going to be vital in the coming months. Establishing a fixed capacity model will not only force prioritization to deliver things of the greatest value but will also ensure you have full predictability of delivery costs.
4. Consider Automation -: As we recover from this pandemic, we’ll be talking to our clients about a drive towards automation. Right now, you should be identifying all human and manual single points of failure that occurred as a result of COVID-19. If they wouldn’t have been impacted as automated tasks, look at ways to optimize them.
5. Accelerate adoption of Collaboration tools -: Agile organizations will already be adopting solutions like Jira, Pointing Poker, Reetro, Mural, virtual whiteboards and virtual sticky notes to support their agile ceremonies and help people collaborate during remote working. By following their example, your business will find it easier to pivot if a crisis hits again.
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