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Resources for Remote Work (March 2020)

We’re living in extraordinary times, and many people will be
working from home for the first time.

Trust me, working from home is great. But it is a shift in
mentality. And we’re all in this together.

I decided it would be OK to share some free and paid resources
that you might find useful to help you keep your projects and teams
moving forward, wherever you find yourself based over the coming
weeks.

Mike Clayton has drafted a 7 step response plan for project
managers*
to prepare your projects and teams. “Hope is not a
strategy,” he writes.

Zoom* is one of
the online tools I use for meetings. They have a basic plan that
gives you 40 minute meetings for free (or unlimited time if it’s
just two of you on the call).

They’ve removed that restriction for schools in certain
countries, so if you are part of the education community, check out
if that applies to you
. They are limiting people joining Zoom
calls by phone though, so this is a free option that will work best
if everyone on the team has speakers and a microphone built into
their computer.

If Zoom isn’t your thing, then there’s a list of software firms offering free or
lower cost options here
, or upgrades. So if you want to check
out Microsoft Teams or another conference call tool I like
(Vectera), then see what you could be using to help your teams
switch to remote working.

I’ve made my project management bingo cards free so you can
share those with your team and play on your conference calls.

Get them here
.

I’m dealing with health worry by keeping busy with work and
also playing iPad games, because that gives me screen time but
keeps me off Twitter. I’m currently working through the Bridge to
Another World adventure game series. I’ve also started to write a
list of things I’ve managed to get done to move my projects
forward and also to prepare for lock down, if it happens for
us.

For example, I’ve bought Easter cards even though I don’t
normally send them, as it’s unlikely we’ll be seeing anyone
over Easter. As a project manager, I’m task-orientated, and being
able to see that I’m actually doing something is helping.
Look ahead. Plan. You’re good at that.

I’ve signed up for some online training (to do with blogging,
not project management). If you think you might have extra time at
home, could you spend it learning something? I’ve got a couple of
webinar recordings you
can watch here
. There are over 170 free webinars to watch on
projectmanagement.com (some more
interesting than others).

elizabeth at desk

Also, PMI have extended the deadline for the current Project
Management Professional (PMP®) exam until the end of December
(with the new exam being available from January, not July 2020). So
perhaps it’s the right time for you to be doing some practice exam
questions*
to keep your skills up until you get to a testing
centre?

I’ve updated a couple of articles on working virtually. Read

4 easy tips for better virtual meetings
, and tips from Nancy
Settle-Murphy’s book
Leading Effective Virtual Teams
.

Also, I don’t typically promote my 1:1 mentoring support
services for project managers, as my slots are normally filled
through word-of-mouth recommendations and current clients.

But in light of everything that’s going on, and people
contacting me to ask about it, I’ll do my best to open up
additional times. You can check
out my diary to find a slot here
).

Look after yourself and your project teams.

* These links are to affiliate partners, meaning if you click
them and then go on to buy something from that website, I may make
a small commission at no cost to you, which goes towards continuing
to provide a ton of free resources for the project management
community. They are products I use myself and definitely recommend.
Thanks for your support!

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